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A painful belly for your pet can be bad enough. But when it's accompanied by vomiting and reflux, you may need to talk to your vet. Metoclopramide is a prescription medication used to treat nausea, vomiting, and reflux in dogs and cats. It can also help to control vomiting associated with chemotherapy, and stomach and gastrointestinal upset following surgery. Metoclopramide is sold per tablet, or as an injectable or syrup.
Side Effects & Warnings
If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms, stop use of the medication and contact your veterinarian immediately: allergic reaction (symptoms may include swelling, itching, hives, difficulty breathing, etc.), spasms, anxiety/agitation, seizures, insomnia, depression, or yellowing of the skin or eyes. Less serious side effects may include: nausea, diarrhea, lethargy, dizziness, confusion, bloating, increased urination. If your pet exhibits these side effects, continue use of the medication and contact your veterinarian.
Metoclopramide is not for use in animals who have seizures, as this medication could cause seizures. Do not use in animals with stomach or intestinal blockage or stomach bleeding. This medication should not be used in animals who have pheochromocytoma, a type of adrenal tumor.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, or recent stomach surgery. Use with caution in pregnant or lactating pets.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI), such as Anipryl, Selegiline, or certain flea collars, should not be used while giving this medication. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is taking digoxin, tetracycline, insulin, cyclosporine, a narcotic pain reliever or anticholinergic, antispasmodic medications, pain relievers, muscle relaxants, or anxiety medications.
Tell your veterinarian about any other medications, vitamins, or supplements that your pet is taking.
Metoclopramide 5mg or 10mg
Follow the directions provided by your veterinarian. Dosage is typically 1-2 mg/lb every 6-8 hours, preferably half an hour before meals.
Metoclopramide can be administered orally, subcutaneously or intravenously.
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