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Prednisolone actetate ophthalmic suspension is a corticosteroid that is used to treat inflammatory problems of the conjunctiva, cornea, sclera, and the anterior chamber of the eye. Some of these conditions include anterior uveitis, eosinophillic keratitis, Collie granuloma, and chronic superficial keratitis (pannus). Prednisolone acetate ophthalmic suspension is an approved human medication.
Like many other drugs in veterinary medicine, this drug is not FDA approved for use in animals and is not available from a veterinary pharmaceutical manufacturer. Instead, it is compounded by a specialty pharmacy (What is compounding?).
Give this medication to your pet exactly as your veterinarian prescribes. If you miss giving your pet a dose of prednisolone acetate, give the next dose as soon as you remember or, if it is close to the next scheduled dose, return to the regular schedule. Do not double dose to catch up.
Prednisolone acetate ophthalmic suspension may be administered via eye drops or in some instances through a catheter that has been surgically placed under the eyelid.
Wash your hands after giving your pet this medication.
Be sure to discuss any side effects with your veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian will discuss with you how to monitor the eye for any increase of pain, discharge or signs of infection.
Keep this and all drugs out of reach of children. This drug should only be given to the animal for which it was prescribed. Do not give this medication to a person. Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.
Prednisolone acetate like all corticosteroids, decreases local immune function. It is generally not used when there is a bacterial or fungal infection present and it may make the eye more susceptible to infection.
Eye medications are generally not absorbed enough to cause systemic problems. There are two groups of animals in which systemic absorption may become an issue, those with underlying endocrine problem or suppressed immune system and very small dogs or cats. Under these circumstances, your veterinarian may choose to follow systemic blood work and monitor your pet more closely.
Be sure to review with your veterinarian any medications or supplements your pet may be receiving.
If you suspect your pet or another animal was accidentally overdosed or has eaten this medication inadvertently, contact your veterinarian or the A.S.P.C.A.'s Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435. Always bring the prescription container with you when you take your pet for treatment.
If you or someone else has accidentally ingested this medication call the National Capital Poison Center at 800.222.1222.
Different strengths or dosage forms of prednisolone acetate may have different storage requirements. Read the labeling or ask your pharmacist for the storage requirements of the prescription you receive.
Wedgewood Pharmacy, located in Swedesboro, New Jersey, is one of the nation's largest compounding pharmacies. We fill prescriptions for compounded medications for veterinary and human-health patients. All medications dispensed from Wedgewood Pharmacy require a prescription from a licensed prescriber. We ship throughout the United States.
Why might your physician or veterinarian prescribe a compounded medication for you or your pet? Compounded medications are prescribed when the practitioner determines that the appropriate treatment is not otherwise available from a pharmaceutical manufacturer or is not available in the strength, dosage form, flavor, or package size the practitioner thinks is necessary for treatment. When your physician or veterinarian calls a prescription into a compounding pharmacy, a pharmacist prepares a medication that meets the individual needs of you or your pet. To learn more about compounding, and when compounded medications might be prescribed, please visit Patients and Professionals for Customized Care
Dr. Barbara Forney is a veterinary practitioner in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She has a master's degree in animal science from the University of Delaware and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982.
She began to develop her interest in client education and medical writing in 1997. Recent publications include portions of The Pill Book Guide to Medication for Your Dog and Cat, and most recently Understanding Equine Medications published by the Bloodhorse.
Dr. Forney is an FEI veterinarian and an active member of the AAEP, AVMA, and AMWA.
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