Idoxuridine Ophthalmic

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Idoxuridine is an antiviral medication that is mostly used to treat herpes eye infections in cats.


How do I give this medication?eyedropper_small

"If more than one eye medication is given, ensure that you allow at least 5 minutes between medications."

  • Instill the drops and/or ointment in the pet's eye(s) as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • Wash your hands before and after administering the corticosteroid.
  • DO NOT touch the eye with the tip of the dropper or ointment tube.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and do not give more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.
  • This medication may cause stinging upon application.
  • If more than one eye medication is given, ensure that you allow at least 5 minutes between medications.


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 in the refrigerator (2° to 8°C)
  • Store this medicine in a tight, light resistant container.


Are there any potential side effects?

  • Idoxuridine may sting when instilled in the eye.
  • If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.


What are the 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.

This client information sheet is based on material written by: Lifelearn Inc.

© Copyright 2009 Lifelearn Inc. Used and/or modified with permission under license.

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