Enrofloxacin

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Enrofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. This medication has been prescribed for your pet to treat a bacterial infection. It may be prescribed to treat urinary tract, skin or respiratory tract infections.

 

How do I give this medication?medications

"Give this medication for as long as prescribed by your veterinarian, even if it appears the pet is feeling better."

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • If using the liquid form of this medication, shake well before measuring the dose and measure the dose with reasonable care.
  • Give this medication on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal, unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian. If vomiting occurs, this medication may be given with food.
  • Antacids, iron supplements, dairy or calcium products should be given at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after enrofloxacin.
  • Ensure there is water available for your pet to drink.
  • Give this medication for as long as prescribed by your veterinarian, even if it appears the pet is feeling better. This will help to ensure the infection is completely cleared up.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

 

What if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

 

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store capsules and tablets in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in other damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

 

What are the potential side effects?

"This medication should not be administered to young dogs since it may damage cartilage."

  • Enrofloxacin may cause vomiting and your pet may lose its appetite. If these symptoms persist and appear troublesome, contact your veterinarian.
  • This medication should not be administered to young dogs since it may damage cartilage.
  • A dose greater than 5 mg/kg per day in cats may cause damage to the eyes. Notify your veterinarian immediately if your cat's pupils are dilated, since this may be an early indicator of toxicity.
  • Other less common side effects include stomach upset and excessive thirst.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

 

 Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication or supplements you are giving your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following drugs can potentially interact with enrofloxacin: antacids, sucralfate, nitrofurantoin, cyclsporine, theophylline, and probenecid.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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