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Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment


 
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What is Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment?

Terramycin is an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to help fight eye infections such as conjunctivitis, inflamed cornea, pink eye, corneal ulcer, and inflammation of the eyelids. Terramycin requires a prescription from your veterinarian (California residents only).
For: Cats, Dogs, and Horses
 
Benefits:
Provides dual antibiotic activity to fight bacterial infections

How it works:
One of its main ingredients, oxytetracycline, works by blocking the ability of bacteria to produce proteins which helps them to grow and multiply.

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 your veterinarian. Prolonged use of this medication may result in a more serious bacterial or fungal infection.


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Brand Name
Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment (Pfizer Animal Health)
Generic Name
Oxytetracycline HCl, Polymixin B sulfate

What is the most important information I should know about Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment: Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment is FDA-approved for veterinary use in dogs, cats, and horses. Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment is available over-the-counter, except in California where it requires a prescription. Terramycin is available as a sterile eye ointment. The sterile ointment is usually applied as a thin film to the inside of the eyelid 2 to 4 times a day. Contact your veterinarian if your pet's symptoms begin to get worse or if you do not see any improvement to your pet's condition after a few days. 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 Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment: Oxytetracycline and Polymixin B are antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections. Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye, and may also be used for purposes other than those listed.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before using Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment on my pet: Tell your veterinarian if your pet is allergic to Polymixin B, oxytetracycline, tetracycline, or doxycycline.

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 thin film of the ointment onto the inside of the lower eyelid. If applying another medication to the same eye, wait 10 minutes before the next application. Store Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment at room temperature below 77º F, 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 Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment to 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 your veterinarian. Prolonged use of this medication may result in a more serious bacterial or fungal infection.

What are the possible side effects of Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment: Serious side effects are not expected. Some stinging may occur. Fatal allergic reactions in cats may occur. Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room immediately if your cat has swelling of the face, itching, or appears to have difficulty breathing. Talk to your veterinarian about any other side effects that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.

What other drugs will affect Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment: Before using Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment, tell your veterinarian if your pet is using other eye medications. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment. 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 Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment written for health professionals that you may read.

 

Directions:
Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment, a sterile antibiotic ointment used in dogs, cats, and horses (prescription-required in California), provides dual antibiotic activity to fight bacterial infections such as conjunctivitis, inflamed cornea, pink eye, corneal ulcer, and inflammation of the eyelids.
Tip: Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including hands and eyes. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection of the eye.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Cats/Horses: All weights This sterile ointment is usually applied as a thin film to the inside of the lower eyelid 2 to 4 times daily. If applying another medication to the same eye, wait 10 minutes before the next application
Storage: Store Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube properly capped.
Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment:
Active Ingredients (per gram) Amount
Oxytetracycline Hydrochloride 5 mg
Polymyxin B Sulfate 10,000 units
Terramycin 4.1 5 8 8
Sweet! Puppy has an ulcer in her eye and the vet told me to apply this stuff to her eyes to heal her. The vet made it sound so easy, "just a little in each eye 3 times a day." Now I have been using the product for three days and have found if you calm the puppy then squeeze the tube over her eye, it gets in effectively. It does not hurt her, and in two days the redness, crying, and scratching has stopped. The ulcer is still there but getting smaller! Though my puppy is not completely cured yet, I know this product is helping! 08/08/2011
Great! I use this on my horse whenever he gets eye irritation from fly's. Works great! 07/09/2011
Can do harm My cat had conjunctivitis. he had no other symptoms. the vet prescribed terramycin (but didn't inspect with an opthalmoscope or do any tests.) The conjuncivitis got worse and worse, Kiti's eyes clouded over and he was obviously having trouble seeing, he didn't want to open them, he got tired, miserable and I knew he was aching all over, as he growled and howled when I touched him, his fur was staring and he just wanted to sleep, wouldn't run or play. In the end, i realised that it must be the ointment that was making him ill, stopped using it and just bathed his eyes with warm, very salty water6 instead - and 24 hours later he was as good as new! All medications can be harmful and we should never forget that. 03/15/2011
Two weeks - condition worsened My cat developed an ulcer rather quickly on his eye. The vets said that ulcer was superficial so there was no need for surgery- just a topical ointment (I even got a second opinion). After two weeks of applying the ointment three times a day (never missed a dose), the ulcer had not shrunk. Last night the ulcer suddenly worsened and enlarged to double the size. I took the cat to the vet first thing this morning. The Vet said that the ulcer still looked superficial but that it would be best for Scooter to stay at the Vet's office for a few nights so that the Vetinarians could care for him using a more aggressive eye drop that is to be administered every few hours (which I can't do b/c I work during the day). 08/17/2009
Works like a dream We tried many different types of medicine for my cat's eye infection and this one is the only one that worked and worked right away. I recommend it highly. As long as the "use by" date is good it works great. We have to use it every other year or so. I think it's seasonal with her. I hope you have the same success, 11/10/2008
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I live in South Carolina. I have used
terramyci onintment for my dogs off and own for years. My vet just sold her practice will no tranfer my dos records. She just had a checkup in March and all is fine. She has a chroic condition in her right eye that has surgical repair when wu rescured her, Ilive on a fixed income and I caannot afford another diagnostic exam at this point, I just need the teramyin. Please advise. BMDM
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You can buy it here without a prescription.
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Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment does not require a prescription in South Carolina.
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Under California state law, Terramcyin Ophthalmic Ointment is a prescription medication. The legislators probably felt that this is a product that should not be available for use unless a veterinarian examined the pet's eye and determined the product was necessary to treat the pet. Not all eye infections are caused by bacteria, and Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment is only useful against bacterial infections.
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No. Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment is for use in the eyes. It should not be used to treat an ear infection. I would recommend you try Zymox Otic for your pet's ear. If there's no improvement after 7 days, or if symptoms get worse, I would suggest you have your veterinarian examine the pet.
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Pkg says don't touch tip of tube to any surface - not hands, not cats eyes. How do I apply it?
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I rub my puppy to keep her calm then squeeze it into her eye, her blinking smooths it around. Just hover, squeeze,then calm again before moving to the next. I just did this and my dog did not jerk away, cry, or bite. Another method I use is waiting until she is about to sleep and applying it to her lower eyelid, again she blinks to move it around. Don't worry about over overdosing her, with this you cannot do so. (But do not be heavy handed this stuff can be expensive)
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Great question. The caution does not apply to the cat's eye because that's where the medication is supposed to go. The caution does apply to the tip of the tube touching a counter top or your hands. The way to apply an eye ointment is:
1. wash your hands
2. remove outer cap and squeeze about 1/4 inch of ointment from the tube
3. keeping the pet's eyelid open, flick the ointment into the pet's eye. The ointment will separate from the applicator tip.
4. Replace outer cap
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I adopted a 6 mos old kitten, Sept 2011, she has been seen by the vet for an eye infection which consists of a thicker greenish and clear runny discharge. Terramycin seems to clear up the infection but it keeps recurring every 2-3 mos. The kitttens eyes have been checked for glaucoma,cataracts and I have been told it is not herpes. Is this ointment safe to use for these recurring infections? Have been offered an oral med that can be given daily but the cat will not take it without a struglle, even when hidden in food. I am not able to continue to take my cat to the vet every couple of months for the same thing...please let me know if this is safe for use every couple of months
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It is fine to use it for recurring infections, though I wonder if you need something stronger to keep it at bay. I know this drug is suited for repeated use.
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I would recommend you ask your veterinarian this question. My concern is even though your cat has a recurring eye problem, it may not always be of the type treatable by this ointment.
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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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