What is Gentocin Durafilm?
Gentocin Durafilm is an ophthalmic solution meant for the treatment of external eye infections and inflammation in dogs. It can also be used for the management of some cases of pigmentary keratitis (discoloration of the surface of the eye) and pannus (inflammation of the cornea causing opacification). Gentocin Durafilm is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It is available as a 5 ml dropper bottle and requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
- Treats eye infections
- Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory
- Easy-to-apply dropper bottle
How does Gentocin Durafilm work?
Gentocin Durafilm contains gentamicin sulfate, which is a highly effective topical treatment in primary and secondary bacterial infections of the eye and surrounding tissues. It works by inhibiting the growth of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. Gentocin Durafilm also contains betamethasone acetate, which provides anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anti-rheumatic effects. It helps control excessive tissue reaction to infections, allergens, and trauma.
Gentocin Durafilm is for use in dogs only. Avoid use in dogs with a hypersensitivity to gentamicin sulfate and betamethasone acetate. Extended use of topical corticosteroids may cause increased intraocular pressure in susceptible patients. Avoid use in dogs that are pregnant, lactating, or breeding. When used for chronic conditions, withdrawal of treatment should be done by gradually decreasing the frequency of application.
Gentocin Durafilm (Merck)
Gentamicin sulfate and betamethasone
What is the most important thing I should know about Gentocin Durafilm?
Gentocin Durafilm requires a prescription from your veterinarian. It is indicated for the treatment of external eye infections and inflammation in dogs as well as other conditions of the eye. Appropriate monitoring of bacterial response to topical antibiotic therapy should accompany the use of Gentocin Durafilm. Cushing's syndrome in dogs has been reported in association with prolonged or repeated steroid therapy.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Gentocin Durafilm to my pet?
If your pet has a known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients within Gentocin Durafilm, tell your veterinarian. Also tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant, breeding, or lactating.
How should Gentocin Durafilm be applied?
Gentocin Durafilm should be applied directly to the conjunctival sac (under the eyelid). Do not touch the tip of the dropper bottle to the eye or any other surface to avoid contamination. Generally, Gentocin Durafilm should be applied 3 or 4 times a day, 1 to 2 drops each time. When used for chronic conditions, withdrawal of treatment should be done by gradually decreasing the frequency of application.
What are the potential side effects of Gentocin Durafilm?
Potential side effects of Gentocin Durafilm can include polydipsia (excessive thirst), polyuria (excessive urination), vomiting, and diarrhea (occasionally bloody).
What happens if I miss giving a dose of Gentocin Durafilm?
Give the next dose as soon as you remember. If it is close to the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume a normal dosing schedule. Do not give a double dose.
What happens if I overdose my pet on Gentocin Durafilm?
If an overdose is suspected, call your veterinarian.
What should I avoid while giving Gentocin Durafilm to my pet?
Avoid giving to pregnant, breeding, or lactating dogs or dogs with a known hypersensitivity to the ingredients in Gentocin Durafilm.
What other drugs will affect Gentocin Durafilm?
Corticosteroids may interact with Gentocin Durafilm. Talk to your vet before giving your pet other medications.
Gentocin Durafilm Directions:
- Dosage instructions may vary depending on the condition.
- To avoid contamination, do not touch the tip of the dropper to the eye or any other surface.
- When used for chronic conditions, withdrawal of treatment should be done by gradually decreasing the frequency of application.
- The solution should be applied to the conjunctival sac (under the eyelid).
Adjust the dosage suggested below based on your veterinarian's recommendations.
Gentocin Durafilm Dosage:
|All weights||Apply 1 or 2 drops into the eye 3 or 4 times a day, or as directed by your veterinarian.|
|Cats||Do not use!|
|Horses||Do not use!|
Store at 36°-77°F (2°-25°C).
Gentocin Durafilm Ingredients:
|Active Ingredients (per ml)|
|Each ml of buffered solution contains: gentamicin sulfate equivalent to 3 mg gentamicin base and 1 mg betamethasone acetate equivalent to 0.89 mg betamethasone alcohol.|