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Optimmune (0.2% Cyclosporine) Ophthalmic Ointment for Dogs, 3.5-g

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Description

Optimmune is an eye ointment that contains cyclosporine. It is used for the management of chronic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or dry eye) and chronic superficial keratitis (CSK). This preservative-free ointment reduces the chances of chemical irritation and secondary infection, and can be stored for 24 months without refrigeration.

Uses

Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is indicated for the treatment of chronic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or dry eye) in dogs.

Possible Side Effects

Please contact your veterinarian if the following adverse reactions occur: eye or eyelid inflammations or redness, the mild discomfort of the eye, transient hyperemia, mild hair loss, lid spasm and excessive rubbing.

Drug & Food Interactions

In the KCS clinical field trial, there were 20 adverse reactions reported out of 132 cases enrolled. The reactions described were primarily ocular and periocular inflammatory reactions. These were likely a failure to completely control the condition, rather than a true "adverse reaction."

On rare occasion, Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment may be associated with local irritation such as periocular redness, lid spasm, and excessive rubbing. As the eyes of dogs with KCS often demonstrate considerable inflammation, it will be difficult to determine whether this local irritation constitutes a hypersensitivity to Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment. If this ocular irritation persists beyond 7 days see your vet.

Precautions

When switching to this medication from another therapeutic agent (e.g., frequent application of an artificial tear preparation), keep in mind that clinical effectiveness is not necessarily apparent immediately after initiation of this medication. Several days to a few weeks may be required before the clinical effects are of sufficient magnitude, such that previously initiated therapy can be safely withdrawn. Abrupt cessation of a therapeutic agent immediately upon initiation can result in rapid clinical relapse, which may be erroneously interpreted as an adverse reaction to the medication. It is recommended that in cases of preexisting viral or fungal ocular infections, this medication is delayed until the infection has been successfully treated.

  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Item Number
    146076
  • Brand

    Optimmune

  • Dosage Measure

    12 hours

  • Generic Name

    Cyclosporine

  • Common Brand Name(s)

    Optimmune, Cyclosporin A, Ciclosporin, Restasis

  • For Use With

    Dogs

  • Brand

    Merck

  • Product Form

    Ointment

  • Health Condition

    Dry Eye

  • Drug Type

    Anti-inflammatory

Ingredients
Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Cyclosporine 2 Mg, USP.

Inactive Ingredients: Petrolatum, USP; Corn Oil, NF; Petrolatum and Lanolin Alcohol.

Instructions
Recommended Dosage

A 1/4 inch strip is to be administered every 12 hours to the affected eye(s). The ointment may be placed directly on the cornea or into the conjunctival sac.

Storage Instructions

Store between 36° - 77°F.

FAQ

What is Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?

Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment is an eye ointment that contains cyclosporine. It is used for the management of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or dry eye). May also be prescribed for the management of inflammation in another eye condition called chronic superficial keratitis (CSK).

What are the benefits of Optimmune Ophthalmic Ointment?

  • Treats dry eyes
  • Fast acting
  • Reduces inflammation and irritation
  • Easy to administer

How is this medication given?

Give Optimmune exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Optimmune is given directly to the eye.

How does this medication work?

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

What results can I expect?

It may take a few weeks to achieve a maximum effect. If there is not improvement or the condition worsens, contact your veterinarian.

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    ON CHEWY THE PRICE FLUCTUATES FROM $20-$50 FOR THE SAME PRODUCT WHICH IS HORRIBLE SINCE MY DOG IS GOING TO BE ON THIS MEDICATION FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. I ALSO RECEIVED A TUBE THAT WAS ONLY PARTIALLY FULL. AS SOMEONE THAT ORDERS THIS MEDICATION ALL THE TIME, I KNEW THAT PARTICULAR TUBE SHOULD HAVE LASTED ME WEEKS LONGER THAN IT DID. SO THERE'S INCONSISTENCY WITH THE PRODUCT ITSELF AND ITS PRICE. OVERALL, IT HAS DONE ITS JOB AND HELPED WITH MY DOG'S EYE ISSUES.

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    Thanks for great service and product , recommended by the vet and has helped with the eye condition tremendously

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  • Great Service

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    Love using Chewy for all my pet needs. Great service and all my neighbors use it also. My toy fox terrier is doing great with optimmmune and is much cheaper than the Vets Office. It is the first time I used your pharmacy and will use it again for Peanuts meds that she has to stay on all the time. So far this is the only one she has for a perscription. Keep up the good work and taking care of our furry friends.

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  • 1/2 the tube was filled with air

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    The product itself was fine, but it took 9 days to receive it, and when I removed the cap to use it for the first time, a bunch of air came out. The tube was only 1/2 full, and I had to reorder 2 weeks later.

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  • Saved me a trip to the vet!

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    We just moved and have yet to establish a vet in our area, so it was great to simply order the eye cream our dog needed online. Super fast shipment too!

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  • Healthy eyes

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    Good product. It is helping my dogs eyes to heal. Receipt of the medicine was prompt.

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  • Wonderful little ointment.

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    This product does wonders for your dogs chronic dry eye. It was at an awesome price too. Received it quick in the mail. Great!

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  • Pharmacy is fantastic

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    Chewy Pharmacy took care of everything with my Vet, and the medicine was shipped pronto. Lovely to do business with.

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