What is Cerenia?
Cerenia is an oral medication used for the prevention of acute vomiting and the prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs.
Who is it for?
Cerenia is for dogs.
What are the benefits?
||The first FDA-approved medication that prevents vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs
||Safe and effective treatment of acute vomiting from other causes
||Scored tablets for accurate dosing
How does Cerenia work?
Cerenia contains one active ingredient, maropitant citrate, which helps block vomiting signals in your dog's brain to help prevent vomiting.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
How is it given?
Cerenia is given orally. For motion sickness, this medication can be given once a day for up to two days in a row. Dogs should not be fed 1 hour prior to giving Cerenia. Give Cerenia 2 hours prior to travel. Do not wrap the tablets tightly in fatty food such as cheese or meat, since this may keep the tablets from dissolving and delay the effect of Cerenia.
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?
Dogs get motion sickness either because they are anxious while traveling or because their balance is affected by movement. Cerenia blocks vomiting signals, which prevents a dog from getting sick.
What form(s) does it come in?
Cerenia comes in tablet form.
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What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Cerenia?
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.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver disease, could have eaten a foreign object or poison, is pregnant or may be used for breeding.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking. Also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What is the most important information I should know?
Do not wrap the tablet tightly in meat or cheese, as it could prevent the tablet from dissolving. Consult your veterinarian if your pet's condition does not improve or worsens after beginning treatment with Cerenia.
Who should not take it?
Not for use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to maropitant citrate.
Not recommended for dogs less than 16 weeks of age.
Use with caution in dogs with liver problems.
The safe use of Cerenia in female dogs that are breeding, pregnant or are nursing has not been determined.
Do not use in dogs that have swallowed foreign objects or have eaten poisonous substances.
What side effects may be seen when taking Cerenia?
Side effects are rare, but include drooling, lethargy, drowsiness, lack of appetite and diarrhea. Consult your veterinarian if you notice any of the above side effects.
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 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 Cerenia?
Consult your veterinarian before using Cerenia with cardiac, anticonvulsant and behavioral medications as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as aspirin, carprofen (Rimadyl, Novox), etodolac (EtoGesic), deracoxib (Deramaxx), firocoxib (Previcox), tepoxalin (Zubrin), and meloxicam (Metacam) 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.