Erythromycin (ophtalmic ointment)

NAME OF THE MOLECULE:

Erythromycin

 

DRUG DESCRIPTION:

It is a large spectrum antibiotic of the macrolide class.

 

INDICATIONS:

For the treatment of external ocular infections.

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Do not use, unless advised by a veterinarian, if your pet has a corneal ulcer, that is to say an ulcer on the surface of the eye.

 

SIDE EFFECTS:

None have been reported in small animals. However, if your pet presents any serious adverse side effects, that worsen or persist, contact your veterinarian immediately.

 

RECOMMENDED MONITORING:

It is important to observe whether the condition of your pet improves and if he presents any side effects.

 

INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER MEDICATION:

Do not use erythromycin, unless otherwise advised by a veterinarian, if your pet takes an ergot alkaloid, alfentanil, alprazolam, an azole antifungal, bromocriptine, buspirone, carbamazepine, chloramphenicol, cisapride, clindamycine, cyclosporine, digoxin, diltiazem, disopyramide, lincomycine, methylprednisolone, midazolam, omeprazole, quindine, sildenafil, sucralfate, tacrolimus, theophylline, triazolam, verapamil, or warfarin.

 

STORAGE:

Keep at room temperature. Excess heat or cold are to be avoided.

 

WARNING:

When you apply the ointment, the tube should never come into direct contact with the eye of your pet. Observe him for several minutes following the application of the medication, because his vision may be blurry while the eye absorbs the ointment. Respect the expiration date of the product because an expired product may be less effective or potentially dangerous for the health of your pet. *Keep out of the reach of children and animals.*

Moreover, as previously mentioned, this medication is an antibiotic. It is therefore very important to follow the prescription and finish it, because if you do not, you are contributing to antibiotic resistance. In fact, even if your pet does not present any clinical signs, bacteria may remain that will develop and lead to another infection. In which case your pet will receive another antibiotic, because the bacteria will have become resistant to this antibiotic. Do not reuse this medication, unless advised to by a veterinarian.