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i have been given HUMAN medication for my CAT

post #1 of 23
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uno currently has pink eye, there are red veins at the corners of his eye.
i have been given eye drops for him. but on the leaflet it says "safety in pregnant women'
is this normal?
should i use???
the product is called optomycin eye drops.
thankyou!!
post #2 of 23
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Originally Posted by appleseed_1 View Post
uno currently has pink eye, there are red veins at the corners of his eye.
i have been given eye drops for him. but on the leaflet it says "safety in pregnant women'
is this normal?
should i use???
the product is called optomycin eye drops.
thankyou!!
Yes, it is perfectly normal. Especially in eye drops, antibiotic ointments etc. Even oral antibiotics used to be the human kind and sometimes still are. It can be significantly cheaper sometimes, if you can get your vet to prescribe the human grade and get it at a regular pharmacy. It has only been in fairly recent years that they have developed animal specific antibiotics such as Clavimox and Baytril (I think that's the one I'm thinking of.)
post #3 of 23
Yup it's normal. Jaffa has had a few bouts of conjuncitivits and the eye drops he gets given are human eye drops.
post #4 of 23
We had to go to the phamacy to get some antibiotics once. Came with human prices too.
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 
thankyou okey then i was just worried
many thnxx
post #6 of 23
One of my cats has been given amoxycillan three times and each time it was the thick bubblegum pink liquid that I gave to my kids when they were little and that I remember taking when I was a kid.
post #7 of 23
I give my Redford Atenolol, which is a human beta blocker for his heart condition. Love it. I just go to the CVS store to pick it up. No special trip to the vet.

Tricia
post #8 of 23
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One of my cats has been given amoxycillan three times and each time it was the thick bubblegum pink liquid that I gave to my kids when they were little and that I remember taking when I was a kid.
Same here! Somehow cats don't appreciate the bubblegum taste like we do. When Sho had a horrible URI as a kitten he would hide at medicine time.
Years ago I knew someone who hurt their back at work, lifting a large german shepherd (worked in a vet office), the vet gave her a couple of painkillers for dogs.
post #9 of 23
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I give my Redford Atenolol, which is a human beta blocker for his heart condition. Love it. I just go to the CVS store to pick it up. No special trip to the vet.

Tricia

My Boxer takes that, too . Generic human prices have been cheaper than the vet for us so far. She also takes a pill for hypothyroidism- she and my dad take the same medicine!
post #10 of 23
Yeah, I get Beandip's medicine at Walgreen's. When I walk up to the counter, they always say, "Can I help-err...Beandip, right?" They know me by my cat's name. LOL
post #11 of 23
Human meds are fine as long as a vet told you when and how to use them
post #12 of 23
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Yeah, I get Beandip's medicine at Walgreen's. When I walk up to the counter, they always say, "Can I help-err...Beandip, right?" They know me by my cat's name. LOL
I get some of Cleo's renal failure stuff (Lactated Ringers bags & IV admin sets) at the same pharmacy that I get my meds at. When I go in to pick up a script, they ask if it's for me or Cleo! And the nice thing is...they always ask how Cleo is doing


Pookie & the girls
post #13 of 23
When Spot was still around, he was getting methimazole for his hyperthyroidism--another human medication that I bought from the pharmacy I used to work at. We had several other non-human species that received medication there. With the exception of dewormers, flea medications, and a couple of antibiotics, I think most kitty medications were human medications first.
post #14 of 23
Our beloved Sambo was given human cough syrup, the vet even called it in to our Wal-Mart, and the precription was in Sambos name too.
post #15 of 23
When my Smokey was in CRF, she took 1/4 of a human high blood pressure pill a day (Norvasc?) and when my boys had ring worm they used an antifungl I had to go to Walgreens to get (Sporanox sp?)
post #16 of 23
Sambo also took Benadryl for his itching.
post #17 of 23
Don't worry, every "human" medication was tested in animals before it was tested in humans.
post #18 of 23
i just picked up a "human" medication for my cat today. i picked it up at walgreens pharmacy. it was kind of weird going there to pick up a prescription for an animal. it was so cute though, the name on the prescription bottle said Kevin Cat Mylastname. it seemed like they were pretty used to filling pet prescriptions.
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by jaycee View Post
i just picked up a "human" medication for my cat today. i picked it up at walgreens pharmacy. it was kind of weird going there to pick up a prescription for an animal. it was so cute though, the name on the prescription bottle said Kevin Cat Mylastname. it seemed like they were pretty used to filling pet prescriptions.
yeah we feel weird but they are used to it
post #20 of 23
When I started working at the shelter I was surprised how many of the meds we give are really people meds.

Always kinna makes me smile... dont' know why...
post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
Same here! Somehow cats don't appreciate the bubblegum taste like we do. When Sho had a horrible URI as a kitten he would hide at medicine time.
Years ago I knew someone who hurt their back at work, lifting a large german shepherd (worked in a vet office), the vet gave her a couple of painkillers for dogs.
Maybe the bubblegum flavor is better than no bubblegum flavor, but I always hated bubblegum flavor meds
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by LSULOVER View Post
Our beloved Sambo was given human cough syrup, the vet even called it in to our Wal-Mart, and the precription was in Sambos name too.
A couple years ago, when I firdst sttarted volunteering at the rescue, we got in a epileptic kitty named Pooh Bear. When I went to the pharmacy to pick up the phenobarb (another human medicine), I told the lady i was there to pick up a prescription for Pooh Bear. The lady stared at me like I was nuts!

Now, Pooh Bear has since passed away, but now we have little Dreamer, who I have to also go pick up the meds for. (epileptic as well)
post #23 of 23
The vet compounding pharmacy I work at makes all the above mentioned medicines ( and tons more) in forms that pets will take without a struggle (generally) Its pretty cool. We ship out most of our stuff but have quite a few regular customers who sometimes bring their pets in when they pick up. I love it.
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