What is Orbax?
Orbax is an oral antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections.
Who is it for?
Orbax is labeled for use in cats and in dogs that are not rapidly growing.
What are the benefits?
||Orbax treats bacterial infections in your pet
||Absorbs rapidly into the body
||Usual once-a-day dosing makes administration easier
Orbax is a prescription broad-spectrum antibiotic used in cats and dogs to treat bacterial infections of the urinary tract, skin, and soft tissues caused by susceptible bacteria.
How does Orbax work?
It works by blocking the bacteria's ability to make DNA, resulting in death of the bacteria.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
How is it given?
Orbax tablets are given orally. Provide plenty of fresh water for your pet to drink. If possible, it should NOT be given with food or supplements. Do not give within two hours of giving dairy products.
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. Use all of the medication prescribed, even if your pet appears well. If the entire course of treatment is not given, the infection may recur or worsen.
What results can I expect?
Orbax is well absorbed from the intestinal tract and is carried by the bloodstream to many tissues of the body where it kills susceptible bacteria. To be effective, Orbax must be given multiple days in a row. If doses are missed or the entire treatment regimen is not completed, the infection could recur or worsen. Consult your veterinarian if the animal's condition does not improve or worsens after beginning treatment with Orbax.
What form(s) does it come in?
This medication comes in tablet form.
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What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Orbax?
Talk to your veterinarian about what tests and exams may be necessary while your pet is taking Orbax. Also discuss how long the treatment period will be and what type of outcome is expected.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has a history of seizures, may be pregnant or is nursing, or if you intend to breed your pet.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking, and also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
Follow your veterinarian's directions and give the full course of Orbax as prescribed. Consult your veterinarian if the animal's condition does not improve or worsens after beginning treatment with Orbax. Do NOT use in rapidly growing dogs unless under the supervision of a veterinarian.
Who should not take it?
Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to orbifloxacin or similar drugs such as enrofloxacin (Baytril®).
Use with caution in animals with central nervous system (CNS) disorders, such as epilepsy, as it could possibly cause seizures. Dehydration increases the risk of seizures.
Use with caution in pets with liver or kidney disease.
May cause problems in the development of bones/joints of young growing animals, including large breeds of dogs under 18 months of age, and small and medium breed dogs between 2 and 8 months of age. Only use in growing animals if under the supervision of a veterinarian
This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
What side effects may be seen when taking Orbax?
May rarely see lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea at high doses. More rarely, may see seizures in animals with central nervous system (CNS) disorders, or other signs such as depression, dizziness,
nervousness, or other behavior changes. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian.
At high doses, some antibiotics like Orbax may cause altered vision or blindness in cats. If your cat shows any sign of vision problems, including dilated (enlarged) pupils or any change in behavior, contact
your veterinarian immediately.
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 in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
Should overdose occur, you may see a lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, or seizures. Watch for dilated pupils in cats. If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe any of these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Orbax?
What should I avoid when giving my pet Orbax?
Consult your veterinarian before using Orbax with any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, antacids, other antiobiotics, sucralfate, warfarin, phenytoin, oral cyclosporine, theophylline, or probenecid, since interactions may occur.
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. To report an adverse reaction, contact the manufacturer, Schering Plough, at 1-800-932-0473.