What is GentaOtic?
GentaOtic is used for the treatment of inflammation and bacterial infections of the ear.
Who is it for?
GentaOtic is labeled for use in dogs and cats
What are the benefits?
||Treats bacterial infections of the ear
||Treats associated inflammation of infected area
||Dropper bottle is easy to use
How does GentaOtic work?
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.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
This product is a generic.
How is it given?
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.
Apply the prescribed amount in the ear and gently massage the ear to distribute the medication. Avoid contact with the eyes.
What results can I expect?
GentaOtic will help to relieve the symptoms and kill the organisms causing ear infections. If symptoms persist after the end of the treatment period, contact your veterinarian.
What form(s) does it come in?
This medication comes in the form of liquid solution.
Common Drug Name
Gentamicin with betamethasone
What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering GentaOtic?
Your veterinarian should examine your pet's ear to make sure the eardrum is intact.
Have your veterinarian or veterinary technician show you how to properly clean the ear and apply GentaOtic.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your dog is taking, and if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications. Also, tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or has any hearing loss.
What should I do if I miss 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.
What is the most important information I should know?
The ear should be clean and dry before applying GentaOtic. GentaOtic should not be used in animals with perforated eardrums. Always follow your veterinarian's directions on the use of this medication.
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.
What side effects may be seen when taking 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.
How is it stored?
Store at room temperature. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
Early signs of toxicity include loss of hearing and balance or vomiting. Contact your veterinarian if you see these signs.
What should I avoid when giving my pet GentaOtic?
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.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the Patient Information Sheet on this medication.