Framycetin, Gramicidin, and Dexamethasone

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: Canada


What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat eye swelling.
  • It is used to treat eye irritation.
  • It is used to treat ear infections.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

For all patients taking this drug:

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has an infection with oozing or pus.


  • If your child has any of these health problems: Fungal, TB (tuberculosis), or viral infection of the eye.


  • If your child has a fungal infection of the ear.
  • If your child has any of these health problems: Chickenpox, herpes infection, or other viral infection of the ear.
  • If your child has a hole in the eardrum.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

For all patients taking this drug:

  • Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not give this drug to your child for longer than you were told by the doctor.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.


  • Have your child use care when doing tasks that call for clear eyesight.
  • Long-term use may raise the chance of cataracts or glaucoma. Talk with the doctor.
  • Have your child’s eye pressure checked if your child is on this drug for a long time. Talk with the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

For all patients taking this drug:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.


  • Change in eyesight, eye pain, or very bad eye irritation.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:
  • Burning.
  • Stinging.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

All products:

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
  • Keep using this drug as you have been told by your child’s doctor or other health care provider, even if your child’s signs get better.
  • Wash hands before and after use.

Eye drops:

  • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
  • Tilt your child’s head back and drop drug into the eye.
  • After giving this drug, ask your child to keep eyes closed. Put light pressure on the inside corner of the eye. Do this for 1 to 2 minutes. This keeps the drug in your child’s eye.

Eye ointment:

  • Do not touch the container tip to the eye, lid, or other skin.
  • Tilt your child’s head back.
  • Gently pull down the lower lid and squeeze in how much the doctor told you to use.
  • Let go of the lower eyelid and have your child keep eyes closed for 1 to 2 minutes.

Ear drops:

  • Have your child lie on his/her side with problem ear up.
  • For children 3 years of age and older and adults, pull the outer ear outward and upward.
  • For children younger than 3 years of age, pull the outer ear outward and downward.
  • Put drops in ear without touching dropper to ear.
  • Have your child stay on his/her side for 2 minutes or put a cotton plug into ear.

Ear ointment:

  • Have your child lie on his/her side with problem ear up.
  • Put on the outside and inside of the ear canal as you have been told. Put on areas around the ear if the doctor tells you to.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Throw away any part not used after 1 month.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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