Tacrolimus Ophthalmic in Dogs

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Tacrolimus is used to stimulate tear production and it is used in dogs to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS or dry eye syndrome). It may be supplied as an eye ointment or an eye drop.


How do I give this medication?eye_-_tacrolimus_ophthalmic-1

  • Apply the medication to the eye as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • Wash your hands before and after application
  • DO NOT touch the pet's eye with the dropper or the tip of the ointment tube.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
  • Use the prescribed number of drops or the right amount of ointment.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and do not give more often than directed.
  • DO NOT stop giving this medication to your pet unless directed by your veterinarian.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.


What do I do 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 this medication at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medication in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places.


What are the potential side effects?

"Notify your veterinarian if you notice any irritation or discomfort in the eye(s)."

  • Adverse effects are uncommon.
  • Notify your veterinarian if you notice any irritation or discomfort in the eye(s).
  • 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 you are giving to your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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