Equine Oxytetracycline hydrochloride
This drug is an antibiotic that fights bacterial infections. Oxytetracycline hydrochloride is available as an injectable solution.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- A broad spectrum antibiotic
- Given by intravenous (IV) injection
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- Used to treat susceptible bacterial infections
Oxytetracycline hydrochloride should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Read and follow the prescription label carefully.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.
Give this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian.
Baseline blood work may be recommended to assess your horse’s general health before starting this medication.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
Injection of this medication outside of the vein and under the skin will cause tissue irritation resulting in swelling and discoloration. If you are unsure how your horse will react to an intravenous (IV) injection, request assistance or demonstration by your veterinarian.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Oxytetracycline hydrochloride should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- This medication can cause acute cardiovascular collapse of unknown cause
- This medication can cause injection site swelling, restlessness, trembling and incordination
- Some horses will have a transient hemoglobinuria (darkened urine) after administration
- Horses under significant stress have a greater risk for the development of diarrhea
- All antibiotics have the potential to cause an over-growth of non-susceptible organisms
- All injectable medications have the potential to cause an immediate allergic or anaphylactic reaction. Affected animals may have a swelling, hives, changes in respiration, and display signs of agitation. This can be a severe and life threatening reaction, immediate treatment with epinephrine is often required.
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your horse experiences any adverse reactions to this medication
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Avoid concurrent use with antacids, corticosteroids, penicillin, and warfarin
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Oxytetracycline hydrochloride
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your horse experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your horse receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT HORSES SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Use with caution in horses with known liver or kidney disease
- Safety in pregnant or lactating mares has not been established
- Horses with a known hypersensitivity to this drug
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your horse’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
This product should not be used in horses intended for human consumption.
Check with the appropriate regulatory body regarding the use in competition horses.
As with all prescribed medication, Oxytetracycline hydrochloride should only be given to the horse for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Oxytetracycline hydrochloride. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was prescribed, please contact your veterinarian.
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