Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic Ointment
Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic Ointment
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Neo/Poly/Dex Ophalatic Ointment is for dogs and cats to treat their eye and eyelid infections.
Neo/Poly/Dex is made up of three active ingredients - neomycin, polymyxin B, and dexamethasone.
Neomycin and Polymyxin B are potent antibiotics and bactericides that kill the bacterial infection.
Dexamysone is an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that decreases inflammation

Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic Ointment

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At a Glance
Neo/Poly/Dex Ophalatic Ointment is for dogs and cats to treat their eye and eyelid infections.
Neo/Poly/Dex is made up of three active ingredients - neomycin, polymyxin B, and dexamethasone.
Neomycin and Polymyxin B are potent antibiotics and bactericides that kill the bacterial infection.
Dexamysone is an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that decreases inflammation

Ultimate Guide to Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic Ointment

Meet Pet's Eye Superhero: Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic Ointment!

Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic Ointment is not only veterinarian-approved but is mainly used by veterinarians to treat dog and cat's susceptible eye and eyelid infections, such as types of conjunctivitis and corneal injury that are caused by chemical radiation, ulcers, scratches, and allergic reactions.

How does Neo/Poly/Dex work?

Neo/Poly/Dex is the generic name of which includes the medicine's three active ingredients - Neomycin, Polymyxin B sulfates, and Dexamethasone Ophthalmic. The first two are a potent mixture of antibiotics that treat various maladies and Dexamethasone is a steroid that combats inflammation.

Together, they are an eye's superhero! Here, we will explain the three active ingredients in more detail:

Antibiotics neomycin and polymyxin B are infection preventatives in eye injuries and wounds. Neomycin is a pharmacological antibiotic that reduces the risk of skin infections and polymyxin B is a bacteriacide, especially for eyes, and treats other bacterial infections within the body.

Dexamethasone is an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that relieves eye swelling, redness, and pain. With the three active ingredients, Neo/Poly/Dex successfully treats bacterial infections of the eye and reduces swelling associated with bacterial infections.

NOTE: The World Health Organization (WHO) is in the process of updating treatment guidelines to include dexamethasone and other corticosteroids in COVID-19 treatments, due to their potential ability to modulate immune-mediated lung injury and reduce mortality rates, such as was tested in the UK's national clinical trial RECOVERY with a daily 6 mg dexamethasone treatment.

How is Neo/Poly/Dex administered?

Neo/Poly/Dex is an ointment (suspension eye drops are available too) administered to the eye with the specially designed sensitive applicator every 8 to 12 hours. The pet owner should see improvements in 48 hours. If not, contact your veterinarian. Here is an easy way to apply the ointment.

Place one of your hands under your pet's chin to lift it towards the ceiling. Pull down on the chosen eye's lower lid with a finger. Try everything to comfort your pet whether you speak gently or rub the top of their head with one hand before applying the ophthalmic ointment.

Make sure that the tube's tip is pointed away and is at least one inch away from your pet's eye so if the pet jerks, it doesn't scratch or injure the eye. Now apply a ribbon of ointment from the inner to the outer edge of the lid, close the eyelid, and massage the ointment to help the treatment.

During the application of the medication, the pet parent must not touch the tip of the applicator bottle or tube to not contaminate the medication, to de-sterilize the equipment, or to cause another eye infection.

Which pets should not be prescribed Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic Ointment?

  • Any pets that are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • Any pets that are pregnant or nursing
  • Any pets that are using other eye drops or other eye medications
  • Any pets that have a viral or fungal infection in the eye
  • Cats with possible chances of a herpes infection

Other eye medications, oral steroids, and a large list of drugs that may negatively interact with Neo/Poly/Dex, including prednisone and oxycodone. Ensure that you are transparent with your veterinarian and pharmacist.

What are the potential side effects of which you should be aware?

Neo/Poly/Dex's rare but serious reactions are burning, itching, stinging, irritation, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling, redness, or sensitivity to light. If any unusual, uncomfortable, and bothersome reactions to the medication occur, continue to use the medicine but contact your veterinarian.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the easiest way to apply the ophthalmic ointment?

    Start with placing one of your hands under your pet's chin to lift it towards the ceiling then rest the other hand on top of the pet's head. Pull down on the chosen eye's lower lid with a finger and apply a ribbon of ointment under the eyelid then massage it into a closed eye.

  2. What is the easiest way to apply the suspension eyedrops?

    Start with placing one of your hands under your pet's chin to lift it towards the ceiling then rest the other hand on top of the pet's head. Squeeze the drops into the corner of their eye, and allow the liquid to disperse over the whole eye surface.

  3. What to remember during the application of both treatments?

    Do not touch the tube, bottle, or tip of the applicator. This may contaminate the medicine and cause another eye infection. Always wash your hand before and after application. Wait 5-10 minutes before applying another eye medication or treatment. Follow instructions to the word.

  4. What do I do if I cause a Neo/Poly/Dex overdose?

    An overdose of the medication is not meant to be dangerous. However, if the medication is ingested or swallowed, you must call the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222 or take your pet to an emergency veterinarian clinic.

  5. What are Neomycin and Polyxmytin?

    These are potent antibiotics that combat various bacterial infections. These are two active ingredients in the Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic Ointment.

  6. What are the generic names and brand names for Neo/Poly/Dex?

    Neo/Poly/Dex is a sort of acronym of the active ingredients and generic names of Neomycin, Polymyxin B, and Dexamethasone. The well-known brand name is Maxitrol or Alcon.

  7. What is the Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic Ointment dosage?

    The prescription medication ointment comes in a 3.5 mg sterile tube. Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic eye drops are available in a 5 ml sterile bottle. This medication can be used by dogs, cats, and horses ONLY.

  8. What results can I expect?

    Neo-Poly-Dex Ophthalmic Ointment kills the bacterial infection and decreases the inflammation. It is applied multiple times to have the desired effect. Your pet's eye should start to look better in 48 hours. If the infection does not improve within several days or if the condition worsens, contact your veterinarian.

    Conjunctivitis, corneal injury, nonulcerative keratitis, ulcers, scratches, and allergic reactions.

Concluding Thoughts

The most important thing that you should know about Neo/Poly/Dex Ophthalmic Ointment is that it is a popular prescribed highly unique formulated treatment to fight bacterial infections, decrease inflammation, and to provide quick, soothing relief to your pet's eye.

DISCLAIMER: Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427. This informative article is not meant to substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and professional advice from your veterinarian or other qualified professionals regarding a medical condition.

Can You Use Neo Poly Dex for Dogs?
Answer

Neo Poly Dex happens to be a prescription medication, sold either as drops or ointment. Interestingly, the drug is not approved by FDA for use in veterinary medicine. However, veterinarians are known to prescribe this medication for use on dogs, cats, and horses. Therefore, if your vet has prescribed the drug, you can use it but be vigilant. The Neo Poly Dex is an ophthalmic suspension used to treat bacterial infection in the eyes and resulting swelling and inflammation. The medication is a mixture of neomycin as well as Polymyxin, which are potent antibiotics to treat infections. It also contains Dexamethasone, a steroid associated with the treatment of swelling caused by bacterial infection of the eye. The medication is available as an eye ointment or eye drops and will require a veterinarian's prescription.

Can Neo Poly Dex Be Used in Cats?
Answer

Neo Poly Dex is Neomycin, Polymyxin B, and Dexamethasone Ophthalmic suspension is used as an anti-infective sterile medication for topical application. It is safe to use on both canine and feline pets, which means dogs and cats. Apart from these, the drug is also safe to use in multiple species depending on your veterinarian's advice. As mentioned before, the suspension or ointment contains antibiotics, which kill the bacteria in the eye or stop the growth. On the other hand, Dexamethasone is designed to prevent the production of elements that trigger inflammatory actions, which reduces inflammation or itching in the eye of your cat. However, be careful with the application of the medication. Don't touch the tip of the tube or bottle to the infected eye, don't touch the inside of the cap or tube and bottle tip to avoid contamination of the medication, and always wash your hands before and after applying this particular medicine.

What Is Neo Poly Dex Eye Drops Used for in Dogs?
Answer

The Neo Poly Dec Ophthalmic suspension or Eye drops is used in bacterial infections of the eyes and eyelids, which cause pain, redness, swelling, and itching. The prescription medicine comprises two antibiotics to kill bacteria and help stop the infection. The prescription medication comes in two formulations - suspension or ointment. The ointment is thicker in texture and allows applying a ribbon of the medicine. As for the suspension, it is liquid and allows the application of eye drops.

How Do You Apply Neo Poly Dex to Dogs?
Answer

As mentioned above, the Neo Poly Dex comes in ointment and suspension formulation, which can be applied in a ribbon or eye drops, respectively. To apply ointment, place one hand under the chin of your pet and raise the chin upward. Pull the lower lid gently down with your finger or thumb. Now, rest your other hand on the top of the pet's head with the tip of the tube pointed away from the eye. Hold the tube around one inch from the eye and squeeze a short ribbon of the medication along the length of the lower lid. Once your pet has blinked, hold the eye shut gently and massage the eyelid for equal dispersion of the ointment. For the suspension, repeat the steps of lifting the chin up and resting your other hand holding the dropper on top of the pet's head. Squeeze the drops in the corner of the eye while ensuring that the dropper doesn't touch the eye surface. Continue to hold the head back for a minute as the drops disperse over the surface of the eye.

Do You Need a Prescription for Neo Poly Dex?
Answer

Neo Poly Dex is a potent medication containing antibiotics and corticosteroids, which requires a prescription from a licensed veterinarian for purchase. This is because the medication may negatively interact with any other medication your dog might be on, including eye medications, oral steroids, and a host of other drugs. Moreover, Neo Pily Dex must not be administered to pets that are allergic to any of the ingredients, parenting or nursing pets, have a viral or fungal infection, and cats that might have herpes infection.

Can Neo Poly Dex Treat Pink Eye?
Answer

Neo Poly Dex is popularly used to treat common bacterial eye infections and inflammation. These include conjunctivitis or pink eye. However, contact your veterinarian to determine if the ping eye is caused by bacteria or virus, which will determine where Neo Poly Dex should be used or not. The medication also prevents damage which is caused by chemicals, radiation, or unwanted objects entering the eye.

What Are the Side Effects of Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates?
Answer

Neo Poly Dex rarely causes any side effects, but they are often severe reactions when it does. These may include burning, stinging, itching, eyelid swelling, redness, photosensitivity, or burning. While you can continue to use the medication in case of such uncomfortable reactions, it's advisable to consult your veterinarian as well.

Does Neo Poly Dex Expire?
Answer

Like every other medicine in the world, Neo Poly Dex also comes with an expiry date. It's not advisable to use the medication past the expiration date as safety and efficacy is no longer guaranteed. Additionally, since the medicine contains a steroid, it must be used carefully and expired medication might lead to cataracts, steroid-induced glaucoma, and severe infection.

Neomycin, Polymyxin B, and Dexamethasone.

Side effects when using Neo Poly Dex are not common; however, when the drops are applied there may be some transient stinging. When the ointment is used, there may be some transient blurring of vision.

Neo Poly Dex should not be used in animals allergic to any of its individual ingredients. The medication should not be used in cats with possible herpes virus infection. Contact the veterinarian if the condition does not show signs of improving within 48 hours, or, if the condition worsens. Do not touch the applicator tip of the bottle or tube to the eye or skin to prevent contamination of the medication.

Neo Poly Dex Ophthalmic Ointment is generally used in the treatment of severe conjunctivitis, nonulcerative keratitis and various kinds of dangerous corneal conditions in dogs and cats. Neo Poly Dex Ophthalmic is a potent mixture of the antibiotics; neomycin and polymyxin B, and the anti-inflammatory steroid, Dexamethasone in a methylcellulose base. The drug is primarily used by veterinarians to treat susceptible eye infections including inflammatory conditions of palpebral and bulbar conjunctiva, cornea, and anterior segment of the globe; chronic anterior uveitis, corneal injury from chemical radiation, ulcers, scratches and allergies.ย 

Certain precautions should be taken while or prior to administering the medicine to the pet. Neo Poly Dex Ophthalmic Ointment must not be given to animals that are allergic to its contents. The medication should not be prescribed for cats with possible chances of herpes virus infection. If the condition of the pet shows no improvement within 48 hours or if the condition deteriorates further, do consult a veterinarian. While applying the medicine, never touch the applicator tip of the bottle or tube to the eye or skin to prevent the medicine from getting contaminated.ย 

Use as directed by your veterinarian. Neo Poly Dex Ophthalmic is a prescription medication, which is usually available as suspension drops and ointment. The ointment is usually applied every 8 to 12 hours. In case of an overdose of the medicine, urgently contact a veterinarian or veterinary emergency room.ย 

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