Storage and Warnings
Tobramycin ophthalmic should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
This drug is an eye medication that is used in dogs and cats primarily to treat bacterial infections. This medication is available in the form of drops as well as an ointment.
What is this drug?
- An aminoglycoside antibiotic
Reasons for prescribing:
- To treat or prevent bacterial infections of the eye, conjunctiva and eyelids
What dogs/cats should not take this medication?
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug should not take this medication
Dosing and Administration:
Read and follow the prescription label carefully.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.
Give this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs.
Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian.
Dose adjustments may be made based upon an assessment of how your dog or cat is responding clinically.
If your pet requires more than one medication in the same eye, administer the medications 5 minutes apart.
If your pet requires more than one medication, discuss with your veterinarian if it is preferable to administer drops before ointments.
If you are having difficulty applying the medication, contact your veterinarian.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
Administration of eye drops
- Wash your hands before applying any eye medication
- Check label directions and shake bottle if necessary
- Remove excess discharge from around the eye with a moistened cloth
- Remove the cap and avoid contaminating the tip of the medication bottle with the environment or your fingers
- Tilt your pet's head back so that they are looking up towards the ceiling
- Gently hold the eyelids open and with the other hand holding the medication bottle, rest your hand above the eye
- Be sure that the tip of the medication bottle is not pointed towards the eye in case of any sudden movements
- Ensure that the tip of the medication bottle does not touch your pet's eye, eyelids, or lashes
- Apply the correct amount of drops into the eye
- Continue to hold your pet's head up and allow them to blink to distribute the drops over the entire eye
- Place the cap back on the medication bottle and avoid contaminating the inside of the cap with your fingers
- Wash your hands after applying any eye medication
- Always praise and reward your pet to encourage cooperation
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
Potential side effects:
- This medication may cause the eye to sting for a short period after application
- This medication can cause hypersensitivity reactions resulting in marked redness and swelling of the tissues surrounding the eye
- This medication can cause the pupil to dilate resulting in sensitivity to light
- Prolonged use of any antibiotic may lead to the development of bacterial resistance and overgrowth of other organisms
- If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if you pet has accidentally ingested this medication or has received more than the prescribed amount.
This is just a summary of information about Tobramycin ophthalmic. If you have any questions or concerns about Tobramycin ophthalmic or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.