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What is Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution?

Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution is an antibiotic drop that is used to topically treat eye infections. Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Benefits:
  • Successfully treats eye infections
  • Works on a wide variety of bacteria
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 Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution

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.

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.

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 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.

How to Use
Directions:
  • 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.

Dosage:
Dog/Cats/Horses:
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Dosage
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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.

Ingredients
Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution:
Active Ingredients (per ml)
Amount
Gentamicin Sulfate
3 mg
Benzalkonium Chloride (preservative)
0.1 mg
Other Ingredients: Sodium Chloride, Tyloxapol, Sodium Hydroxide, Dried Sodium Phosphate, Purified Water.
* Sodium Hydroxide and/or Hydrochloric Acid may be added to adjust pH.
Customer Reviews
Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Site
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick Results 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.
Date published: 2012-01-14
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Q&A

What prescription verification is needed for purchase?

Asked by: Wendy
Gentamicin ophthalmic solution requires a prescription from a veterinarian. Prescriptions may be obtained via phone, fax, or mail, depending on your doctor's preferred method.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2016-11-10

Is gentamicin eye drops for my dog safe? If you exceeded drops instead of 3 you mistakenly put 4 to 5 drops what will be the effect?

Asked by: azil
Gentamicin eye drops are relatively safe. Mistakenly giving a drop or two more should not harm your dog. However, please make sure to only give 3 drops as directed by your veterinarian going forward.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-22

Accidently put gentamicin sulfate in our cats ear inside of his ear drops can that hurt his ear?

Asked by: Gotto05
No, this should not affect his ears. Eye drops are safe to put in the ears, but ear drops are not sterile and cannot be put in the eye.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-18

Will this help treat eye ulcers

Asked by: dude101
Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution is an antibiotic drop that is used to topically treat eye infections. If the eye ulcer is caused by an infection, it may work to treat this. However, your veterinarian would know the best treatment option for your pet.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-09-29

Gentamicin vs Tobramycin

I have been using Tobramycin as prescribed by my vet for my Persian's Herpes Virus eye flare-ups. What is the difference, if any, between Gentamicin and Tobramycin?
Asked by: Teetimer
Try asking your vet or looking it up on the internet
Answered by: Laura
Date published: 2015-02-28

can't catch my cat need antibiotic i can put in his food any suggestions?

Asked by: cj
No you cannot put it in his food, if you can't catch him, try confining the cat to a cage until you have finished the full treatment of medication.
Answered by: Laura
Date published: 2015-03-01

Gentamicin Sulfate Ophthalmic Solution

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
Asked by: girlsareclever
It is always best to try and give the medicine at the prescribed intervals to ensure constant levels of the medicine being absorbed.
Answered by: Kelly P
Date published: 2014-09-30

What if the gentamicin is not refrigerated?

Asked by: Lori
Depending on the formulation, if a drug is not stored at the proper temperature it may affect it's stability. As a result the drug may no longer be effective.
Answered by: Cheryl-Pharmacist
Date published: 2013-06-14
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