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Ciprofloxacin Ofloxacin Ophthalmic Preparations

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections. This medication has been prescribed to treat a bacterial infection of the eye. These infections may occur on the cornea (clear part of the eye) or in the conjunctiva (pink parts around the eyelids).

 

How do I give this medication?

"If you are giving more than one eye medication, make sure you allow at least 5 to 10 minutes between medications, or follow the specific instructions from your veterinarian."

  • Instill the drops or the ointment in the pet's eye(s) as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • Wash your hands before and after administering the medication.
  • Do not touch the eye with the tip of the dropper or tube
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and do not give more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.
  • This medication may cause stinging upon application.
  • If you are giving more than one eye medication, make sure you allow at least 5 to 10 minutes between medications, or follow the specific instructions from your veterinarian.

 

What do I do if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

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How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store this medicine in a tight, light resistant container.

 

What are the potential side effects?

"This medication may sting a bit when instilled in the eye."

  • This medication may sting a bit when instilled in the eye.
  • Side effects are unusual with this medication.
  • If the eye looks worse after starting the medication, contact your veterinarian.
  • If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

 

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
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