Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment is an antibiotic belonging to the macrolide group, which is used for managing susceptible bacterial infections of the eye and eyelid. It could be used in dogs for the effective treatment of superficial ocular infections of the conjunctiva or cornea caused by bacterial strains such as N. gonorrhoeae or C. trachomatis.
Erythromycin Ophthalmic Ointment is available by prescription only. Erythromycin is a macrolide antibiotic. Erythromycin works by inhibiting protein synthesis. Erythromycin Opthalmic is used to treat ocular infections.
For the treatment of superficial ocular infections involving the conjunctiva and/or cornea caused by organisms susceptible to erythromycin.
For prophylaxis of ophthalmia neonatorum due to N. gonorrhoeae or C. trachomatis.
The effectiveness of erythromycin in the prevention of ophthalmia caused by penicillinase-producing N. gonorrhoeae is not established.
In the treatment of superficial ocular infections, a ribbon approximately 1 cm in length of Erythromycin Opthalmic Ointment should be applied directly to the infected structure up to 6 times daily, depending on the severity of the infection.
For prophylaxis of neonatal gonococcal or chlamydial conjunctivitis, a ribbon of ointment approximately 1 cm in length should be instilled into each lower conjunctival sac. The ointment should not be flushed from the eye following instillation. A new tube should be used for each infant.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Store ointment with the cap securely tightened. Always follow prescriptions to their completion. Do not stop giving an antibiotic until directed to do so by your veterinarian. Do not touch the tip of the tube to any surface, including your petís eye. Use with caution if your pet is nursing. Store ointment at room temperature.
Serious side effects are rare during treatment with this medication. However, some minor side effects such as blurred vision, burning, irritation, itching or redness of eyes and sensitivity to light may occur. In such cases, the veterinarian could be consulted to decide the future course of action.
Erythromicin is contraindicated in animals with a known hypersensitivity to this drug or those, which are allergic to dyes or preservatives. It should not be used in the eyes, if the pet is already suffering from a viral or fungal eye infection as it is effective only for bacterial infections. Its safety in pregnant and nursing pets is not established hence it is advisable to take the veterinarian's advice in this regard.The sterility of the medicine should be strictly maintained and the applicator should not come into contact with the eyes of the pet. The medicine should not be used more often than directed and the full course of treatment has to be completed even if the condition improves.
Store at room temperatur away from light and moisture. Do not expose this drug to high heat. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.