How it works: Gentamicin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic that is bactericidal due to its binding in the bacteria interrupting protein synthesis.
Cautions: Before using Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution, tell your veterinarian if your pet is using other eye drops or eye medications. If your pet has swelling of the face or itching, or appears to have difficulty breathing, contact your veterinarian immediately. Do not touch the dropper opening to any surface including eyes or hands.
Brand Name Gentocin (Schering), Garamycin (Schering), Genoptic (Allergan)
Generic Name Gentamicin Suflate Ophthalmic Solution
What is the most important information I should know about Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution: Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution is a prescription medicine for veterinary use in dogs, cats, and horses. Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution is available as 0.3% sterile eye drops. Do not touch the dropper opening to any surface, including eyes and hands. The dropper opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.
What is Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution: Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution is an antibiotic and is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes. Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution may also be used for purposes other than those listed.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before applying Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution to my pet: Do not use Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution if your pet has a viral or fungal infection. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.
How should this medication be given: Use this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Wash your hands prior to using the eye drops. Shake the bottle gently to be sure the medication is properly mixed. Do not use any eye drop that is discolored or has particles in it. Store Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle properly capped.
What happens if I miss giving a dose: Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
What happens if I overdose the pet: An overdose of this medication is unlikely. If an overdose is suspected, seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. If the drops are ingested, give plenty of fluids and contact a veterinary emergency center for advice.
What should I avoid while applying Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution to my pet: Do not touch the dropper opening to any surface including eyes or hands. This medication may cause blurred vision. Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
What are the possible side effects of Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution: Serious side effects are not expected. Commonly, some eye burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching or swelling, or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue the medication and talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.
What other drugs will affect Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution: Before giving this medication, tell your veterinarian if your pet is using other eyed drops or eye medications. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution written for health professionals that you may read.
Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution is an antibiotic available by prescription used to treat bacterial infections of the eye in dogs, cats, and horses.
Shake the bottle gently prior to use. Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution may cause blurred vision.
Do not use Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution if your pet has a viral or fungal infection.
Tip: Wash your hands prior to applying the eye drops. Shake the bottle gently to be sure the medication is properly mixed. Do not touch the dropper opening to any surface including eyes and hands. The dropper opening is sterile and if it becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in the eye. Do not use any eye drops that are discolored or that have particles in them.
The usual dose is 1-2 drops in the affected eye(s) every four hours, or as directed by your veterinarian
Storage: Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution:
Active Ingredients (per ml)
Other Ingredients: Sodium Chloride, Tyloxapol, Sodium Hydroxide, Dried Sodium Phosphate, Purified Water. * Sodium Hydroxide and/or Hydrochloric Acid may be added to adjust pH.
Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution
Use as NOSEDROPS
I use Gentamicin drops as nosedrops to treat a snotty nose as prescribed by the vet. It works!
Price could be lower.
I received this medication from my Vet. for clearing up my cat's bloodshot eyes. Boo Boo even had puss coming out of one eye. The Gentamicin cleared up the infection in 24 hours. My only complaint would be that it is expensive.
My roommates pug takes this med for an ulcer in her eye. My roommate never gives her the drop in her eyes on time. Im wondering is this like penicillin and needs to be dosed at exact times? I know its never ok to be late administrating meds but im wondering is pugs eyes suffering because of my friends lack of responsibility? If so I will try to step in and help. Thank you
6 months ago
It is always best to try and give the medicine at the prescribed intervals to ensure constant levels of the medicine being absorbed.
These are 2 different antibiotics that treat similar bacterial infections. However, one may be more appropriate to treat some infections than the other. Talk to your veterinarian about the best treatment for your pet.
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