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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required before the clinical effects are of sufficient magnitude, such that previously initiated therapy can be safely withdrawn.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.

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  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Item Number
    146076
  • Generic Name
    Cyclosporine
  • Common Brand Name(s)
    Optimmune, Cyclosporin A, Ciclosporin, Restasis
  • For Use With
    Dogs
  • Administration Form
    Opthalmic
  • 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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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Emily has dry eye

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    Medicine seems to be working, her eyes aren’t as bad as they were. She has had an infection. I just wish that tiny tube that’s only half full didn’t cost over $60.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    may be heat damaged

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    I received this on a very hot day in Tempe. It was melted. I do not know how long it was at my door or out for delivery. I would be hesitant to order temperature sensitive items from you during the summer months. I called about this problem.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Easiest Way

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    I'm thrilled with how easy it is to get my dog's medication!! Love Chewy! I also get her food and supplements. I can't believe I've waited so long to start shopping at Chewy!!!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Works for us!

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    This stuff works great for my Yorkie's dry eye problem. I do wish the manufacturer would make it in drop form instead of ointment. It would be much easier to apply.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Thanks Chewy.com!

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    Chewy has wonderful customer service! This tube seems to be much fuller than previous tubes I’ve bought from other pharmacies. Yahoo!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    great personal service

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    This medication was prescribed by my vet for my dog. The medication served its purpose. The personal care I received from the customer service rep was outstanding. I would purchase this medication again from Chewy because of their excellent customer service.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Prescribed by Vet

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    The product arrived quickly and was well packed. I was not disappointed.Thank you!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Eye infection

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    Vet prescribed, cleared eye problems fast. Chewy handled calling the vet.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Doing the jog

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    Must have a prescription. I do wish it could be manufactured in a drop. Hard for arthritic hands to dispense the ointment.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Very convenient

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    Thank you for the medication! It was easy to order it. The convenience & the price were excellent. Thanks!

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