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What is Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?

Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is a sterile eye ointment containing cyclosporine, which helps to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or dry eye) in dogs. It reduces inflammation, stimulates tear production, and helps to reduce damage to the tear glands. Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Dogs

Benefits:

  • Can increase natural tear production
  • Reduces inflammation

How Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment work?

Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment contains cyclosporine, which has broad anti-inflammatory effects that help to reduce damage to the tear glands while also stimulating tear production. Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment also reduces eye inflammation.

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.

Brand Name:

Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment Ointment (Merck)

Generic Name:

Cyclosporine

What is the most important thing I should know about Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?

Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is an immunosuppressive agent used to reduce inflammation in the eye(s). It is used to treat chronic dry eye (KCS, keratoconjunctivitis sicca) that may be caused by inflammation. Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment may also be used for purposes other than those listed. Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs only. Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is a prescription medication available as a sterile eye ointment. The sterile ointment is usually applied as a ¼ 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 should I discuss with my veterinarian before using Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment on my pet?

Do not use Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment if your pet has any type of infection in the eye(s). Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment be used?

Use this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Wash your hands prior to using the eye ointment. Apply a ¼ inch strip of the ointment into the lower eyelid. Store Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube properly capped. 

What are the potential side effects of Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?

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

What happens if I miss applying a dose of Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?

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 my pet on Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?

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 Ointment 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 your veterinarian.

What other drugs will affect Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?

Before using Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment, 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 Ointment. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.

How to Use

Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment Directions:

  • Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment Ointment, a prescription medication, is used in dogs for the management of chronic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or 'dry eye").
  • Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment Ointment is an immunosuppressive agent used to reduce inflammation in the eye(s).
  • Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment 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
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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 Ophthalmic Ointment Ingredients:

Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment:

Active Ingredients (per gram): 2 mg cyclosporine USP, petrolatum USP, corn oil NF, petrolatum and lanolin alcohol.

Customer Reviews
Optimmune is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 72.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Effective treatmemt Optimmune works extremely well, however Echo will need to be on it indefinitely. She does not like me to administer it and it is quite expensive as a long term treatment.
Date published: 2017-02-18
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
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Q&A

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

Asked by: Sandy
A tube lasts me about 20 days at a push
Answered by: Jennifer
Date published: 2017-02-22

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

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: 2017-01-27

Can this product be used on a male breeding dog?

Asked by: Anonymous
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: Anonymous
Date published: 2015-04-09

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

Asked by: Anonymous
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: Anonymous
Date published: 2016-09-18

do you carry optimine at 2% cream for eyes

Asked by: Anonymous
No we only have the 0.2% in an ointment.
Answered by: Anonymous
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: Anonymous
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: Anonymous
Date published: 2016-09-18

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: Anonymous
The liqui-tears will not stimulate tear production.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2016-09-18
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