TRADE NAMES:Cerenia Tablets
Maropitant is a drug used to prevent and treat acute vomiting and also to prevent vomiting caused by motion-sickness in dogs. Maropitant is available as an injection (given by your veterinarian), or as a tablet that can be sent home with your dog.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- An antiemetic (effective against vomiting and nausea)
- Given by mouth
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- Used in dogs to prevent and treat acute vomiting and also to prevent vomiting caused by motion-sickness
WHAT DOGS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Approved for use in dogs only
- Dogs younger than 8 weeks of age
- Maropitant has not been tested in dogs that have swallowed foreign objects, or in dogs that have eaten poisonous substances (serious causes for vomiting in pets)
- Use with caution in pets with liver disease
- If your pet has had an allergic reaction to maropitant or like products
Read and follow the label carefully. Follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully.
For prevention of acute vomiting (dogs 8 weeks or older): Give Maropitant tablets orally at a minimum dose of 2 mg/kg (0.9 mg/lb) body weight once daily for up to 5 consecutive days.
CERENIA Tablets may be used interchangeably with CERENIA Injectable Solution for once daily dosing for the prevention of acute vomiting.
For prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness (dogs 16 weeks or older): Give Maropitant tablets orally at a minimum dose of 8 mg/kg (3.6 mg/lb) body weight once daily for up to 2 consecutive days. Do not feed your dog for 1 hour prior to giving this drug. Ideally, give this drug 2 hours before traveling.
It can be given with a small amount of food, but it's best to not wrap the tablets too tightly in fatty foods (ex. cheese or meat), as this may delay absorption of the drug and delay the desired effect. Do not use hot dogs, sausage or pill pockets.
Can be given once a day for up to 2 days in a row (for motion-sickness) or once a day for up to 5 days in a row (for disease-related nausea).
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Store in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Maropitant is an eye irritant. In case of accidental eye exposure, flush with water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention.
Maroptant may also cause a localized allergic skin reaction in some individuals. Wash hands with soap and water after administering. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- You likely won't see any side effects, but if they do occur, you may see drooling, lethargy, loss of appetite and diarrhea.
- Some dogs have been known to vomit after taking maropitant. Giving the tablet with a small amount of non-fatty food may prevent this.
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but ensure that your veterinarian knows of all of the medicines and supplements that you are giving or are planning to give your pet
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
Tell your veterinarian about:
- If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medicines can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, Maropitant should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.