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What is Optimmune?

Optimmune is a sterile eye ointment containing cyclosporine which helps to treat keratoconjunctivitis Sica (KCS or dry eye) in dogs. Optimmune requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
For: Dogs
 
Benefits:
Can increase natural tear production
Reduces inflammation

How it works:
Cyclosporine has broad anti-inflammatory effects that help to reduce damage to the tear glands while also stimulating tear production.

Cautions:
Do not touch the tube opening to any surface including eyes or hands. This medication may cause blurred vision. Avoid using other eye medications unless approved by the veterinarian.


More Information:
Brand Name
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment (Schering-Plough)
Generic Name
Cyclosporine

What is the most important information I should know about Optimmune Ophthalmic: Optimmune Ophthalmic is FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs only. Optimmune Ophthalmic is a prescription medication available as a sterile eye ointment. The sterile ointment is usually applied as a 1/4 inch strip to the eye(s) every 12 hours. Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including eyes and hands. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye.

What is Optimmune Ophthalmic: Optimmune ophthalmic is an immunosuppressive agent used to reduce inflammation in the eye(s). Optimmune ophthalmic is used to treat chronic dry eye (KCS, keratoconjuntivits Sica) that may be caused by inflammation. Optimmune Ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before using Optimmune Ophthalmic on my pet: Do not use Optimmune Ophthalmic if the pet has any type of infection in the eye(s). Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should this medication be used: 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 ointment. Apply a 1/4 inch strip of the ointment into the lower eyelid. Store Optimmune Ophthalmic at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube properly capped. 

What happens if I miss applying 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, wash the eye with water and seek emergency veterinary medical treatment.

What should I avoid while applying Optimmune Ophthalmic on my pet: Do not touch the tube opening to any surface including eyes or hands. This medication may cause blurred vision. Avoid using other eye medications unless approved by the veterinarian.

What are the possible side effects of Optimmune Ophthalmic: Serious side effects are not expected. Some burning, redness, tearing, discharge, pain, itching, stinging, or blurring of the eye may occur. Continue the medication and talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Optimmune Ophthalmic: Before using Optimmune Ophthalmic, tell your veterinarian if your pet is using other eye ointment or eye medications. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Optimmune Ophthalmic. Talk to the veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about Optimmune Ophthalmic written for health professionals that you may read.

 

Directions:
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment, a prescription medication, is used in dogs for the management of chronic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or “dry eye”).
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is an immunosuppressive agent used to reduce inflammation in the eye(s).
Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is used in dogs only. Do not use in cats.
Tip: The tube opening is sterile. Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including eyes and hands. If the opening becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in the eye(s).
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs: All weights Remove debris from eye(s) with a nonirritating solution. The sterile ointment is usually applied as a ¼ inch strip to the lower eyelid(s) every 12 hours. Wash your hands prior to using the eye ointment
Cats:
Horses:
Storage: Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube properly capped.
Optimmune:
Active Ingredients (per gram)
Cyclosporine…………………2 mg Corn Oil
Petrolatum Petrolatum and Lanolin Oil
Optimmune 4.8 5 57 58
My almost 8 years old great dane had years non stop problems with her eyes. We did visit few different vets, but no resolute. My vet sad to me "she will have to have operation on her eyes". I did not like this idea so I finally found a nice vet, he did some tests for Ashanty" eyes and recommended to use Optimmune for rest of her life. It is 7 months later and I can not believe my little baby does not have any problems with her eyes and she did not need to have any operation done at all. Very pleased with this product and your great prices and services. 02/14/2014
We would be blind without it! We were diagnosed with dry eye as a puppy. After 7 years on Optimmune we still have clear corneas and our vision. We are so grateful for such an effective product. 11/17/2013
Optimmune My schnauzer has been battling red inflamed eyes for three years. I was tired of putting expensive antibiotic drops in her eyes only to have the red return. Another vet tested her and determined she may have dry eye syndrome and sold me Optimmune at a very expensive cost. I was elated to see how inexpensive it is through your site, and it works!!!! My little friend has had clear eyes for weeks now, all due to Optimmune. 09/25/2013
It works Our dog takes the medicine in her eye as easy as a treat. 09/23/2013
It works! Lola has only 3 tear ducts and will be on Optimmune for her lifetime. Petmeds makes it so easy to keep up with her order and needed prescription, which they take care of by notifying our vet. 08/02/2013
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All prescription medications have a 1 year expiration date once they are dispensed from the pharmacy unless the manufacturer expiration date is shorter. There is no discard after date once opened on the optimmune.
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I have been treating him with Tacrolimus and Neopolydex eye ointment and its not getting any better now the vet does not carry the tacrolimus it has to come from another compounding lab which the cost is outragous will liqui-tears work for him I have to find something that is not so costly I haven't seen any change in two years any advice would help.
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The liqui-tears will not stimulate tear production.
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My Vets prescribed this medication in drop format. Do you offer this in a liquid or only in the ointment?

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We do offer cyclosporine drops which is the generic for optimmune, you may call our customer service department to discuss your options.
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my boyfriend wipes his dogs eyes with his hands.. constantly.. if he touches his eyes can he catch an eye infection...?
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This can't be healthy for your boyfriend or his dog. Always use a wipe. Ask 1800PetMeds for a good eye wash.
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If your pet has bacteria in the eye area, it is possible that bacteria will give your boyfriend an eye infection. Please have him sterilize his hands always after coming into contact with his pet's eyes.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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