Optimmune® (cyclosporine A)

Active ingredient :

Cyclosporine A

Drug description :  

Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant (it decreases the activity of the immune system).

Indications :

This product is used to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca in dogs. This is a condition in which the lachrymal glands are destroyed by the animal's immune system and result in dryness of the eye.

Contraindications :

This product should not be used, unless indicated otherwise by a veterinarian, in animals with a viral or fungal infection in the eye, in pregnant animals, nor in growing animals.

For more information on this subject, it is best to discuss with a veterinarian or consult the monograph that accompanies this product.

Side effects :

Animals may experience tingling when applying the product to the eye, redness and hair loss around the eye, eyelid spasms and eye discharge.

For more information on other possible side effects, please refer to the monograph that accompanies this product.

Recommended monitoring:

Make sure that the animal's condition improves and that it does not suffer from side effects.

It is strongly recommended to have checked regularly the animal's production of tears to make sure it is sufficient.

If the animal feels tingling in the eye for more than 7 days then it is best to consult a veterinarian because he may have developed an allergy to the product.

Interactions with other drugs :

None known to date.

Storage :

At room temperature. Excess heat or cold should be avoided.

Warning :

The eye should be cleaned with a non-irritating solution indicated for this purpose before applying the medication.

Avoid touching the eye with the tip of the tube and disinfect it with rubbing alcohol after each application.

Close the eyelids of the animal and massage gently for a few seconds to spread the product over the entire surface of the eye.

Prevent the animal from rubbing the area near the eyes after application. If necessary, put an Elizabethan collar ("lampshade") on him.

Discard any ophthalmic preparation 1 month after opening the tube.

Apply solutions before ointments when multiple ophthalmic medications of different textures are used at the same time.

Wait 5 minutes between each ocular products to allow time for them to be absorbed.

Since kerotoconjunctivitis sicca is a condition most often permanent, expect to have to treat the animal for the rest of his life.

In addition, the benefits of the medication may appear only a few weeks after the start of treatment.

Keep out of the reach of children and animals.

You must contact a veterinarian as soon as possible if side effects appear and they are serious, they get worse or they persist.