Optimmune (O.2% Cyclosporine) Ophtalmic Ointment, manufactured by Schering Plough Animal Health, is an anti-inflammatory medication. This product primarily focuses on eye inflammation caused by auto immune disease in dogs.
WHAT THIS PRODUCT CURES
Optimmune (O.2% Cyclosporine) Ophtalmic Ointment treats cases of chronic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) and chronic superficial keratitis (CSK) in dogs.
Pannus is medically known as a chronic condition of the Superficial Keratitis. This condition is classified as a disease, affected the cornea of the eye. In the condition of Pannus scar tissues and blood vessels take over the eye resulting in eventual blindness. In pets, this condition is widely seen in the dog breed the German shepherd as it is thought to be a genetic disposition for some breeds. Scholars believe immune mediation conditions are the underlying cause of Pannus. The immune system is believed to over produce cells causing the scar tissues and blood vessels to over develop. A pet with this disease will present signs of blindness and a physical characterized eye abnormality. Basic symptoms of a Pannus condition includes; disorientation, blindness, loss of coordination, loss of depth perception, clouding of the eye, redness, and a visual abnormality.
Eye inflammation or Conjunctivitis is known to the human world as pink eye and is one of the most common eye problems in dogs and cats. Conjunctivitis is defined as an inflammation of the conjunctival membrane that covers the back of the eyelids and surface of the eye orbit. Though not usually painful, conjunctivitis appears red in color and produces a mucus discharge. Conjunctivitis is caused by a number of different sources including allergies, bacteria (Streptococcus and Staphylococcus), viruses, and foreign particles, producing a variety of symptoms. Allergy causing Conjunctivitis involves both eyes; the eyes will appear red with a production of discharge. The discharge produced can be serous (clear), mucoid (mucus), purulent (infection). Allergy conjunctivitis can be confused with a systemic disease called canine distemper, adequate diagnosis is recommended to receive proper treatment.
In a Conjunctivitis case, the eyes will appear red with a production of discharge. The discharge produced can be serous (clear), mucoid (mucus), purulent (infection). Basic symptoms of a Pannus condition includes; disorientation, blindness, loss of coordination, loss of depth perception, clouding of the eye, redness, and a visual abnormality.
PETS WITH ALIMENTS
Dog eye left; Pannus (Superficial Keratitis). Dog eye Right: chronic keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS).
RELATIVE INFO ON BREED MOST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AILMENT
English Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, West Highland White, Shih TzuTerrier, Bloodhound, Pug, American Cocker Spaniel, and Boston Terrier.
QUESTIONS FOR MY VET
1.What should I do if my pet has adverse effects from product?
Discontinue use and contact your veterinarian promptly.
2. What are the side effects of this product?
hyperemia, epiphora, mild discomfort of the eye, inflammation, and mild alopecia.
3. What kind of tests will be required of my dog before administration?
Shimmer’s tear test (test tear production and views damage to cornea).
4. Can this product be used in cats and dogs?
No. For use in dogs only.
5. My pet is having difficulties seeing. How can I help my pet to adapt with a decreased range of visibility?
Living with a pet which has lost sight will take time to adapt to. Pet owners should work with the pet to use his/her other senses such as sound to function in daily activities. Trainers are also available to assist you during this time.
6. I have two dogs; can I share medication between the two of them?
No. sharing medication can cause eye infections.
Products which are not properly sealed should not be used.
Product is manufactured for one individual, do not share product.
Keep away from children.
PET: Product has not been approved for conjunctivitis due to; congenital alacrima, surgical removal of the third eyelid gland, sulfonamide usage, metabolic disease, canine distemper virus, and facial nerve paralysis with loss of the palpebral reflex.
HUMANS: Keep out of reach from children. Not to be used in humans. Do not ingest product strips. Contact poison control center immediately if ingestion occurs.
Storage and disposal
Storage: Store between 2° and 25°C (36° and 77°F).
Disposal: Empty containers should be disposed of as directed and never re-used. Recycling or garbage disposal is viable as directed upon product label. Consult a medical waste agency for directions to depose of remaining drug and container. Contact 1-800-CLEANUP1-800-CLEANUP for additional information.
BRAND VS GENERIC COMPARISON
Generic form of this product is not available. Product is available in both an ointment and strip formation.