GentaOtic is used for the treatment of inflammation and bacterial infections of the ear.
For: Dogs & Cats
How it works: GentaOtic contains two active ingredients. The first is an antibiotic, gentamicin, which works to destroy bacteria by inhibiting protein synthesis in the bacteria. The second is a corticosteroid, betamethasone, which works by decreasing the release of inflammatory substances.
Dosage & Administration: GentaOtic is applied topically in the ear. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty applying the medication, contact your veterinarian. The ear should be thoroughly cleaned and dried before treatment. Remove any debris, crusty material, etc., with a suitable non-irritating ear cleaning solution. Clip any excessive hair from the ear or treatment area, as directed.
Possible side effects of GentaOtic: You may see loss of hearing or balance. If so, contact your veterinarian. These effects are usually temporary. If ingested, the most common side effect of corticosteroids is an increase in the amount of drinking and urinating. Less commonly may see an increased appetite and weight gain, panting, diarrhea, vomiting, and behavior changes.
Contact your veterinarian if side effects are noticed or if the condition worsens. If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
If you miss giving a dose: If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the application you missed and go back to the regular schedule.
If you overdose the pet: Early signs of toxicity include loss of hearing and balance or vomiting. Contact your veterinarian if you see these signs.
What should I avoid while giving GentaOtic to my pet: Notify your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, your pet is taking while your pet is receiving gentamicin. If ingested, there is an increased risk of stomach ulcers when corticosteroids are used with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, carprofen (Rimadyl), deracoxib (Deramaxx), or etodolac (EtoGesic).
Do not administer other corticosteroids during treatment with this medication. Do not use in combination with other aminoglycosides, such as neomycin.
Who should not take it? Do not use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to any of the ingredients. It should not be used in animals with a perforated eardrum. Do not use in animals who require their hearing to perform their work (military dogs, police dogs, seeing eye dogs, hearing dogs, etc.) as there may be hearing or vestibular (balance) impairment.
Prevent ingestion of the medication. If ingested at high doses or for extended periods, corticosteroids can cause premature birth especially toward the end of pregnancy. In dogs, rabbits, and rodents, corticosteroids can cause birth defects.