Maxitrol Eye Ointment (Dexamethasone/Neomycin/Polymyxin)

Maxitrol Eye Ointment

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Maxitrol eye ointment is used to treat conditions involving swelling (inflammation) of the eyes and to treat or prevent bacterial eye infections. This dual action addresses both the inflammatory component and the bacterial aspect of eye conditions.

The product contains neomycin and polymyxin, which are antibiotics that work by stopping the growth of bacteria. Additionally, it contains dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that works by reducing swelling. This combination of active ingredients underscores the comprehensive approach to addressing bacterial eye infections and inflammation.

The medication treats and prevents only bacterial eye infections. It is not effective for other types of eye infections, such as those caused by viruses, fungi, or mycobacteria. 


  • Use Maxitrol exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider, typically 3-4 times daily.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before applying the ointment.
  • Tilt your head back, pull down your lower eyelid to create a pouch, and apply a recommended amount of ointment.
  • Close your eyes and gently roll it to spread the medication.
  • Avoid touching the tip of the tube to your eye or any other surface.
  • If using other eye medications, apply eye drops first, then wait at least 5 minutes before using Maxitrol.
  • If using another ointment, wait 10 minutes after using Maxitrol before applying it.
  • Use Maxitrol consistently for the entire prescribed duration, even if symptoms improve.
  • Inform your healthcare provider if your condition doesn't improve within a few days.


  • Don't wear contact lenses while using Maxitrol.
  • Don't use Maxitrol more often than prescribed or for longer than 10 days unless directed by your healthcare provider.
  • Don't rub your eye after applying the ointment.
  • Don't drive or operate machinery until your vision clears after application.
  • Don't stop using Maxitrol prematurely even if symptoms disappear.

Common Side Effects:

  • Stinging/burning of the eyes for 1 to 2 minutes after application
  • Blurred vision (especially after using eye ointment)
  • Eye irritation
  • Headache
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watering eyes

Serious Side Effects:

  • Unusual/extreme tiredness
  • Weight loss
  • Headache
  • Swelling ankles/feet
  • Increased thirst/urination
  • Vision problems
  • A serious allergic reaction, including rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing, are noticed.

This is not an exhaustive list, and other side effects may occur. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects while taking Maxitrol eye ointment,  contact your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Inform your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in Maxitrol, including:

  • Neomycin
  • Polymyxin
  • Dexamethasone
  • Aminoglycoside antibiotics (such as gentamicin, tobramycin)
  • Corticosteroids (such as hydrocortisone, prednisone)

Tell your healthcare provider about any pre-existing eye problems, especially glaucoma, before using Maxitrol.

Maxitrol may cause temporary blurred vision after application. Avoid driving, operating machinery, or activities requiring clear vision until your vision clears.

Maxitrol should only be used during pregnancy when clearly necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.

It is unknown if Maxitrol passes into breast milk. Consult your healthcare provider before breastfeeding.


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Maxitrol Eye Ointment

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Maxitrol Eye Ointment

Strength(s): 1mg/3.5mg/6000u
Quantities Available: 35

Opthalmic Ointment

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