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What is Polytrim?

Polytrim (for use in the eyes) is a combination medication that treats infections of the eyes caused by bacteria. Polytrim is also used for reasons not mentioned in this guideline.

Side effects of Polytrim

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction,face,breathing,hives, like hives; trouble breathing or swelling of your lips, face and tongue,

Polytrim can cause severe adverse effects. Take a break from Polytrim and contact your doctor immediately if you experience:

  • Eye inflammation, pain, redness, or extreme discomfort in the eyes;
  • DrainageThe appearance of crusts or the drainage may be a sign of the presence of an infection.
  • Redness or swelling of the eyelids,
  • New signs or symptoms that are worse.

Common polytrim-related side effects could include:

  • Minor burning, stinging, and itching of your eyes.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other effects may also be present. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Take only according to the directions. Inform your doctor if you take other medications or suffer from any other medical condition or allergies.

Related drugs

Ciprofloxacin Ophthalmic, azithromycin eye drops, Lifofloxacin in Ophthalmic, ophthalmic erythromycin, Gentamicin eye drops, Neo-Polycin

Prior to use this drug

It is not recommended to utilize polytrim in case you are allergic to polymyxin B or trimethoprim. This medicine is not recommended for children under two months of age.

How to take Polytrim?

The medication is typically applied each time in a 3-hour period for seven to 10 days. Follow the instructions on the prescription label and study all medication guides or instructions sheets. Follow the medication exactly as prescribed. Cleanse your hands prior to using these eye drops.

To apply drops to the eye:

  • Adjust your head a bit and then pull the lower eyelid, creating small pockets. Keep the dropper in front of the eye, with the tip towards the lower. Keep your eyes towards the sky, to the side away from where you are holding it, and squeeze out one drop.
  • minutesYou can close your eyes for about 2 or 3 minutes, with your head tilted down without blinking or squinting. Press your finger gently to the inner corner of the eye for approximately one minute to prevent the fluid from draining into the tear duct.
  • Make sure you only use the number of drops that your doctor has advised. If you are using several drops at once, you should wait approximately five minutes in between each drop.
  • At least 10 minutes before applying or using any eye drop that your physician has recommended.

Do not touch the edge of your eyedropper or put the dropper directly onto your eyes. A dropper that is contaminated could affect your eyes and cause serious vision problems. Don't use eye drops if it appears that the liquid is changing color or has particles present. Contact your pharmacist to inquire about a new medication.

Make sure to take this medication for the entire prescribed duration. The symptoms could improve after the infection has completely cured itself.  thatThe absence of doses can increase the risk of a subsequent infection which is intolerant of antibiotics. Keep the bottle at room temperature, far from heat, moisture, and light. Make sure the bottle is tightly shut when not being used.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Utilize the medicine as quickly as you can; however, take a break from your missed dosage if it's nearing the time to take the next dose. Do not take two doses in one go.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Help Line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Don't use polytrim when using contact lenses. Polytrim could contain a preservative that could cause the discoloration of soft contact lenses. Make sure you wait for at least 15 minutes following the use of the medication prior to putting it in the contact lens. Do not take any other eye medications unless your physician advises you to.

Interaction with other drugs

The eye medicine is unlikely to be affected by other medications that you are taking. However, many medications can interact with each other. Discuss with your doctor all of your current medications, such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.