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What is Optimmune?

Optimmune is a sterile eye ointment containing cyclosporine which helps to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca (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.

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, keratoconjunctivitis sicca) 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.

How to Use
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:
Dogs:
Weight
Dosage
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:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube properly capped.

Ingredients
Optimmune:
Active Ingredients (per gram)
Cyclosporine..............2 mg
Corn Oil
Petrolatum
Petrolatum and Lanolin Oil
Customer Reviews
Optimmune is rated 4.6479 out of 5 by 71.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! Echo's eyes were both impacted and clouded over. This med has improved the dry eyes to being within normal limits to this time. Unfortunately she will need to be on this eye ointment long term.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! Been using this for my Shitz Zhu Emme's dry eyes for about a month. Works great!! She does not have any mucus in her eyes anymore. I don't have to chase her around the house to wash her eyes anymore either! You can now see her beautiful eyes! 1800 Petmeds charges half of what vet charges and they even contact vet for rx! This was painless all the way around!!
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Look beyond the price This product has done miracles for my dog. He has chronic dry eyes and got to a point where he almost lost vision one one of his eyes (a dark half moon had covered over 50% of his eye ball). When I started using Optimmune, my regular vet said that it may or may not clear the eye at all but the specialist said she wouldn't be surprised if this product cleared up most of the eye, and it did! I'm so happy that I was able to do something so my dog wouldn't go blind. I know it's pretty expensive and a lifetime care but it's worth the money!
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great stuff This works very well for my little Japanese Chin that has chronic dry eye. I do wish it was not so expensive as she will be on it for the rest of her life (thus the 4 stars for overall rating). But the best price (and service) I have found is right here. So that is good.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This product not packaged consistently The product is very good, however, I have received numerous tubes that were only half filled. Sometimes the tube is full, but in the last 6 months, over half I received had large amount of air before the ointment started to flow out of the tube. Not good, considering the price!!!
Date published: 2015-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I am beyond thrilled! We have tried many recommended products, but continue to clean tons of stuff out of Bella's eyes. We have been so frustrated and so sad she has to have KCS. Optimmune has been nothing but phenomenal. Her eyes don't dry up with mucus, in fact there is very little now. We aren't constantly chasing her to clean them, she has peace. Thank you for helping my pup have a more comfortable life. I highly recommend purchasing this and forget all the others.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Niko is doing very well on this product and has been for quite a while. I will continue to use it.
Date published: 2015-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Only product that works for my dog My Snookers has dry eyes. They are so dry that my dogs eyes become blood shot. Optimmune is the only product that reliefs this problem.
Date published: 2015-01-18
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Q&A

is optimmune as good as puralube vet ointment does it do the same thing?

Asked by: becky
Puralube Vet Ointment is a sterile petrolatum ophthalmic (eye) lubricant that helps prevent eye dryness and soothe irritation. It forms a protective film over the ocular surface, lubricates the eye, and protects the eye from drying. Optimmune, on the other hand, contains Cyclosporine which reduces damage to the tear glands while also stimulating tear production. Your veterinarian will determine if Optimmune is appropriate for your pet's dry eyes.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2016-12-01

About how long does a tube last if dosage is 1/4" twice a day on both eyes?

Asked by: Sandy
This would be tough to estimate, but roughly 30 days, possibly longer.
Answered by: S Duesler PharmD MBA
Date published: 2016-11-17

Is there anything else we can use to lubricate the eyes instead of this medicine?

Asked by: BigMF65
Yes, there are several other options to help lubricate the eye, such as LubriFresh PM, LiquiTears Lubricant Eye Drops, and Puralube Vet Ointment.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-19

Can this product be used on a male breeding dog?

Asked by: linda
I do not believe that there is any safety information available for this product regarding use in dogs used for breeding. It would be best for you to discuss this with your veterinarian.
Answered by: Kelly P
Date published: 2015-04-09

do i get a written psrescripton and how do i use it on line

Asked by: sam
Yes, opptimune does require a prescription. You can give us a call or place the order on line, and you will be walked through the steps for mailing in the prescription.
Answered by: Kelly P
Date published: 2015-03-24

do you carry optimine at 2% cream for eyes

Asked by: bea
No we only have the 0.2% in an ointment.
Answered by: Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-02-27

After opening the tube, does it expire after a certain amount of days, or can you use it till the tube runs out?

Asked by: Sarah
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.
Answered by: Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-01-28

I have a 14 year old chow chow who has does not produce tears he has tear ducts but they don't produce enough tears .

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.
Asked by: Kathy
The liqui-tears will not stimulate tear production.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-01-03
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