Orbax (orbifloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic used in the treatment of diseases in dogs and cats associated with bacteria susceptible to orbifloxacin. It comes in a tablet form, which means it's easy to feed to your pet. Simply feed it like a treat, disguise it in a pill pocket or hide it in normal meals. It's also available in an oral liquid.
Orbax (orbifloxacin) is indicated for the treatment of urinary tract infections (cystitis) in dogs. This medication is also indicated for skin and soft tissue infections (wounds and abscesses) in dogs and cats.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects that usually are not serious include:
- Vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, reduced appetite.
You don’t have to be overly concerned if you see any of these effects unless they are severe, worsen, or continue to be a problem. Contact your veterinarian if this happens.
Side effects that may be serious or indicate a serious problem:
- Trouble walking (or other joint effects), especially in young or growing animals.
*Stimulation (eg, overly excited) or seizures (rare), especially in animals with liver or kidney problems.
*Blindness in cats can be caused by large doses.
*Fever, rashes, or trouble breathing may indicate an allergy to the drug.
*Decreased or lack of an appetite, especially in cats.
If you see any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Drug & Food Interactions
Orbifloxacin and other antibiotics have been shown to cause joint disease in young pets of most species tested, the dog being particularly sensitive to this side effect. Orbifloxacin is contraindicated in young pets during the rapid growth phase (between two and eight months of age in small and medium-sized breeds, and up to 18 months of age in large and giant breeds). Orbifloxacin is contraindicated in pets known to be hypersensitive to antibiotics.
Prescribing antibacterial drugs in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected
bacterial infection is unlikely to provide benefit to treated animals and may increase the risk of the development of drug-resistant animal pathogens. The use of fluoroquinolones in cats has been reported to adversely affect the retina. Such products should be used with caution in cats. Blindness has also been reported post-approval in cats. In some cases, blindness has been temporary. DO NOT EXCEED 3.4 mg/lb (7.5 mg/kg) BODY WEIGHT PER DAY IN CATS. Quinolones should be used with caution in animals with known or suspected central nervous system (CNS) disorders. In such animals, quinolones have, in rare instances, been associated with CNS stimulation which may lead to convulsive seizures. Quinolones have been shown to produce erosions of cartilage of weight-bearing joints and other signs of arthropathy in immature animals of various species.Administer orbifloxacin with caution in the presence of hepatic insufficiency/ impairment. The safety of orbifloxacin in animals that are used for breeding or that are pregnant and/or lactating has not been demonstrated.
WARNINGS: For use in animals only. Do not exceed 7.5 mg/kg body weight per day in cats. Keep out of the reach of children.
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