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Metacam Oral Suspension for Cats 3ml

Metacam is used for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with musculo-skeletal disorders in cats. It is also used to relieve post-operative pain and inflammation in cats and guinea pigs.
Brand Metacam
Manufacturer Boehringer
Species Cat
Prescription Type POM-V (Written prescription required)
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Name: Metacam Oral Suspension for Cats 3ml

Description: Metacam is used for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with musculo-skeletal disorders in cats. It is also used to relieve post-operative pain and inflammation in cats and guinea pigs.


What is Metacam and who is it for?


Metacam is a viscous oral suspension that is used for the management of pain and inflammation associated with musculo-skeletal disorders in cats. It is also used for the management of post-operative pain following surgical procedures in cats and guinea pigs.


This is a Prescription only medicine (POM-V).

Metacam is only available with a prescription from your veterinary surgeon.

To check the most up to date information about this product, please read its Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC). It can be viewed here.


What is the active ingredient in Metacam?


Meloxicam is a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) of the oxicam class which acts by inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis, thereby exerting anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-exudative and antipyretic effects. It reduces leukocyte infiltration into the inflamed tissue. To a minor extent it also inhibits collagen-induced thrombocyte aggregation. In vitro and in vivo studies demonstrated that meloxicam inhibits cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) to a greater extent than cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1).


How does it work?



Absorption: If the animal is fasted when dosed, the maximal plasma concentrations are obtained after approximately 3 hours. If the animal is fed at the time of dosing, the absorption may be slightly delayed.

Distribution: There is a linear relationship between the dose administered and plasma concentration observed in the therapeutic dose range. Approximately 97 % of meloxicam is bound to plasma proteins.

Metabolism: Meloxicam is predominantly found in plasma and is also a major biliary excretion product whereas urine contains only traces of the parent compound. Five major metabolites were detected all having been shown to be pharmacologically inactive. Meloxicam is metabolised to an alcohol, an acid derivative and to several polar metabolites. As for other species investigated, the main pathway of meloxicam biotransformation in cat is oxidation.

Elimination: Meloxicam is eliminated with a half-life of 24 hours. The detection of metabolites from the parent compound in urine and faeces, but not in plasma is indicative for their rapid excretion. 21% of the recovered dose is eliminated in urine (2% as unchanged meloxicam, 19% as metabolites) and 79% in the faeces (49% as unchanged meloxicam, 30% as metabolites).


Guinea pigs:

No data available.


3ml bottle


What is in Metacam?


Yellowish viscous oral suspension with a green tinge. 


Each ml contains:

Active substances:

Meloxicam 0.5 mg



Sodium benzoate 1.5mg


How do I use Metacam?


Metacam is a prescription product and must be used according to the instructions of your veterinary surgeon.

Please read the product leaflet thoroughly before administering to your pet.

Further advice

Is there any further advice I should know about Metacam?




Do not use in pregnant or lactating animals.

Do not use in cats suffering from gastrointestinal disorders such as irritation and haemorrhage, impaired hepatic, cardiac or renal function and haemorrhagic disorders.

Do not use in cases of hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients.

Do not use in cats less than 6 weeks of age.

Do not use in guinea pigs less than 4 weeks of age.


Special precautions for use in animals


Avoid use in any dehydrated, hypovolaemic or hypotensive animal, as there is a potential risk of renal toxicity.

Post-operative use in cats and guinea pigs:

In case additional pain relief is required, multimodal pain therapy should be considered.

Chronic musculoskeletal disorders in cats:

Response to long-term therapy should be monitored at regular intervals by a veterinary surgeon.


Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the product to animals


People with known hypersensitivity to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should avoid contact with the veterinary medicinal product.

In case of accidental ingestion, seek medical advice immediately and show the package leaflet or the label to the physician.


Adverse reactions (frequency and seriousness)


In cats, typical adverse reactions of NSAIDs such as loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, faecal occult blood, lethargy and renal failure have occasionally been reported.

Gastrointestinal ulceration and elevated liver enzymes were reported in very rare cases.

These side effects are in most cases transient and disappear following termination of the treatment but in very rare cases may be serious or fatal.

If adverse reactions occur, treatment should be discontinued and the advice of a veterinarian should be sought.

The frequency of adverse reactions is defined using the following convention:

- very common (more than 1 in 10 animals treated displaying adverse reactions)

- common (more than 1 but less than 10 animals in 100 animals treated)

- uncommon (more than 1 but less than 10 animals in 1,000 animals treated)

- rare (more than 1 but less than 10 animals in 10,000 animals treated)

- very rare (less than 1 animal in 10,000 animals treated, including isolated reports).


Overdose (symptoms, emergency procedures, antidotes), if necessary


Meloxicam has a narrow therapeutic safety margin in cats and clinical signs of overdose may be seen at relatively small overdose levels.

In case of overdose, adverse reactions, as listed in section 4.6, are expected to be more severe and more frequent. In case of overdose symptomatic treatment should be initiated.

In guinea pigs, an overdose of 0.6 mg/kg body weight administred during 3 days followed by a dose of 0.3 mg/kg during 6 additional days did not cause adverse events typical for meloxicam. The safety of doses exceeding 0.6 mg/kg has not been evaluated in guinea pigs.


Use during pregnancy, lactation or lay


The safety of the veterinary medicinal product has not been established during pregnancy and lactation (See section 4.3).


Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction


Other NSAIDs, diuretics, anticoagulant, aminoglycoside antibiotics and substances with high protein binding may compete for binding and thus lead to toxic effects.

Metacam must not be administered in conjunction with other NSAIDs or glucocorticosteroids. Concurrent administration of potential nephrotoxic drugs should be avoided.

In cats, pre-treatment with anti-inflammatory substances other than Metacam 2 mg/ml solution for injection for cats at a single dose of 0.2 mg/kg may result in additional or increased adverse effects and accordingly a treatment-free period with such veterinary medicinal products should be observed for at least 24 hours before commencement of treatment. The treatment-free period, however, should take into account the pharmacological properties of the products used previously.


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