Eye problems

Pink eye

(Conjunctivitis)

  • Also known as
  • Eye inflammation

About Pink eye

Conjunctivitis is the medical name for pink eye. It involves inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and inside of the eyelid. It can cause swelling, itching, burning, discharge, and redness. Causes include

  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Allergies
  • Substances that cause irritation
  • Contact lens products, eye drops, or eye ointments

Pinkeye usually does not affect vision. Infectious pink eye can easily spread from one person to another. The infection will clear in most cases without medical care, but bacterial pinkeye needs treatment with antibiotic eye drops or ointment.

NIH: National Eye Institute

Top Medications for Pink eye according to our users

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All Medications for Pink eye

  • Antibiotic > Macrolide

    • Azithromycin
      Prescription only

      Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Eye drops
  • Antibiotic > Fluoroquinolone

    • Levaquin
      (Levofloxacin)
      Prescription only

      Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it can cause damage to your tendons, and make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Quinolone

    • Iquix
      (Levofloxacin)
      Prescription only

      Iquix (Levofloxacin) is used to treat eye infections. It can be expensive, but usually works well.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Eye drops
  • Antibiotic > Aminoglycoside

Corticosteroid

Medication side effects for Pink eye

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  • Levaquin: 2%
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At this end, no one is expected to have abdominal pain

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have abdominal pain

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