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Cyclosporine and Tacrolimus Eye Drops

Cyclosporine and Tacrolimus Eye Drops:

Treating Your Pet’s Keratoconjunctivitis

Treating your pet’s keratoconjunctivitis – also known as dry eye in dogs –  helps your dog feel better and prevents long-term damage to their eyes. Your vet will prescribe either cyclosporine or tacrolimus drops to be given twice, or more daily.

What is Cyclosporine and Tacrolimus Eye Drops?

Similar to some human eye drops, cyclosporine and tacrolimus eye drops help stimulate tear production in dogs. In some dogs, only one medication works well, but your vet may try both before deciding which treatment is best for your dog. Tacrolimus is 100 times more potent than cyclosporine. Used properly, they’re both powerful treatments of keratoconjunctivitis in dogs.

Which pets can use Cyclosporine and Tacrolimus Eye Drops?

This medication can be used for dogs. It is a lifelong treatment that must be used twice a day, every day. It should be stored at room temperature away from sunlight. Dogs who benefit from these drop medications have keratakonjunctivitis.

Cyclosporine and Tacrolimus eye drops may also be effective for other pets and small animals. Talk to your veterinarian to know what’s best for your pet.

– Prescription is required
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Risks and benefits of Cyclosporine and Tacrolimus Eye Drops

Because they are applied topically to the eye, risks associated with cyclosporine and tacrolimus drops are limited. However, all medications come with some risks. Your veterinarian will determine what’s best for your dog.

Side Effects/Risks:

  • Orbital alopecia

Benefits:

  • Increased tear production

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