What is Animax®?
Animax is a combination prescription topical medication used to treat inflammatory skin and ear disorders caused by bacterial or yeast infections.
Who is it for?
Animax is for dogs and cats.
What are the benefits?
||Prescription combination medication in ointment form
||Contains antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch and antifungal medications
||Treats inflammatory ear and skin infections caused by bacteria or yeast
Animax treats a variety of inflammatory ear infections and skin infections caused by susceptible bacteria and fungi, including yeast. It is also used for infections of the anal gland and interdigital (between the toes) cysts. This product is a topical preparation that is easy to apply to ears or skin.
How does Animax work?
Animax is a combination prescription medication containing nystatin, neomycin, thiostrepton and triamcinolone. Nystatin is an antifungal, effective against many types of yeast. Neomycin and thiostrepton are antibiotics. Triamcinolone is a corticosteroid, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. The combination is used to treat skin and ear disorders caused by bacterial or yeast infections.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
Animax is a branded generic equivalent of Panolog.
How is it given?
Animax is an ointment applied onto the skin or ear. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. Follow treatment instructions carefully, since incorrect treatment can result in recurring infections and damage to the ear. The area should be clean and dry before application. Excessive hair should be trimmed from the treatment area. Apply the prescribed amount of Animax and gently massage the drops into the ear or skin, as prescribed. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.
What results can I expect?
Animax will help to relieve the symptoms and kill the organisms causing infections. It may take several days to see results. If symptoms persist after the end of the treatment period, contact your veterinarian.
What form(s) does it come in?
Common Drug Name
Nystatin, neomycin, thiostrepton, triamcinolone
What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Animax?
Talk to your veterinarian about what type of outcome is expected. Have your veterinarian explain the other treatment options that may be available to treat your pet's condition.
If Animax is to be used in the ear, 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 or treatment area and apply Animax.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking, and if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications. Also, tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant.
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. Do not apply two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
The ear and/or other treatment area should be clean and dry before applying Animax. Animax 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?
Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to any of the ingredients. Not for use in deep infections, puncture wounds, burns, or if pus is present. Corticosteroids, if given at high doses or for extended periods, can cause premature birth. In dogs, rabbits, and rodents, corticosteroids can cause birth defects. Prevent oral ingestion of the medication. Avoid contact with the eyes.
What side effects may be seen when taking Animax?
In rare instances, an animal may be sensitive to neomycin, causing redness in the area the medication was applied. When used in the ear, you may see loss of hearing or balance if the eardrum is not intact. If ingested, or given at high doses or for prolonged periods of time, side effects related to the triamcinolone may be seen. The most common effect is an increase in the amount of drinking and urinating. Less commonly you may see an increased appetite and weight gain, panting, diarrhea, vomiting, and behavior changes.
How is it stored?
Store in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container 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?
If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Animax?
Consult your veterinarian before using this medication with any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, corticosteroids, or gentamicin, since interactions may occur. 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).
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.