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Sofracort is a medication commonly used as eye or ear drops and is used to treat infections and inflammation in the eyes or ears. It can be used to treat bacterial infections and inflammation in the eyes and ears.
Sofracort contains a combination of antibiotics (framycetin and gramicidin) and an anti-inflammatory (dexamethasone). The antibiotics help to kill bacteria that may cause certain eye and ear irritations. The anti-inflammatory helps to reduce swelling and inflammation in the eye or ear.
Use and Dosage
Sofracort is typically administered as eye or ear drops and is for external use only. The dose and duration of treatment may vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the individual's medical history. Here are some general guidelines when using Sofracort:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before using Sofracort.
- Shake the bottle well before using the medication.
- Tilt your head back if using Sofracort in the eyes or tilt your head to the side if using it in the ears.
- Gently pull down the lower lid of your eye if using Sofracort in the eyes or gently pull the earlobe back and upward if using it in the ears.
- Apply the prescribed number of drops into the affected eye or ear, being careful not to touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the eye or ear.
- Close your eye or keep your head tilted for a few minutes to allow the medication to be absorbed.
- Repeat these steps for the other eye or ear, if prescribed.
Take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, administer it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not administer a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Sofracort (Dexamethasone Sodium/Framycetin Sulfate/Gramicidin):
- Burning, redness, or watering of the eyes
- Stinging of the eye or ear
Serious Side Effects of Sofracort (Dexamethasone Sodium/Framycetin Sulfate/Gramicidin):
- Decreased vision
- Eye infection
- Eye pain
- Gradual blurring or loss of vision
- Hearing loss
- Itching, rash, redness, or other irritation that was not present before treatment began
- Ringing in the ears
- Symptoms of increased pressure in the eye (e.g., blurred vision, seeing halos of bright colors around lights, red eyes, increased pressure in your eyes, eye pain or discomfort)
- Unsteadiness or loss of balance
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction (e.g., difficulty breathing, hives, itchy skin rash, or swelling of the mouth or throat)
Forms and Strength
Sofracort (Dexamethasone Sodium/Framycetin Sulfate/Gramicidin) is available in the following forms and strength:
Sofracort: Ear/Eye Drops
- Sofracort should not be used to treat viral or fungal infections of the eye/ear, as it is only effective against bacterial infections.
- Sofracort should not be used by people with a history of allergic reactions to any of its components, including framycetin sulfate, gramicidin, or dexamethasone.
- Sofracort should not be used by people with a perforated ear drum, unless specifically advised by a doctor, as it can potentially cause hearing loss or damage.
- Sofracort should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding without consulting a doctor, as the safety of the medication in these situations is unknown.
- Sofracort may increase intraocular pressure (pressure within the eye), which can worsen certain eye conditions like glaucoma.
- Sofracort may cause some side effects, which can include burning, irritation, dryness, or itching of the eye/ear, as well as blurred vision or sensitivity to light.
- The use of Sofracort can lead to the overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms, including fungi, which can result in secondary infections. If this happens, treatment with Sofracort should be stopped and alternative therapy may be required.
- Sofracort should be used with caution in individuals with a history of herpes simplex virus infections in the eye, as it may cause the virus to reactivate.
- Follow the prescribed dosage and duration of treatment with Sofracort. Overuse or unnecessary use of Sofracort can lead to antibiotic resistance, which can make it harder to treat bacterial infections in the future.
- Sofracort is not recommended for use in children under the age of 2 years, unless prescribed by a doctor.
- If you are currently using other medications, inform your doctor before using Sofracort, as certain medications may interact with the medication.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What should I do if I miss a dose of Sofracort?
If you miss a dose of Sofracort, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose of Sofracort to make up for a missed dose.
What should I do if I accidentally get Sofracort in my eyes?
If Sofracort accidentally gets in your eyes, rinse them thoroughly with water and seek medical attention if you experience any irritation or discomfort.
Can Sofracort be used to treat other conditions besides infections and inflammation in the ear and eye?
Sofracort is specifically formulated for the treatment of infections and inflammation in the ear and eye. It should not be used to treat other conditions unless directed by a healthcare professional.
Is Sofracort available over the counter or do I need a prescription?
Sofracort is a prescription medication and is not available over the counter. You will need a prescription from a healthcare professional to obtain Sofracort.
How should I store Sofracort?
Sofracort should be stored at room temperature and away from heat and sunlight. It should also be kept out of the reach of children. Do not use Sofracort after the expiration date printed on the package.
It's important to purchase Sofracort from verified Canadian pharmacy.