Metacam Oral Suspension for Dogs 100ml
|Prescription Type||POM-V (Written prescription required)|
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 dogs. It is also used for the management of post-operative pain after surgical procedures in dogs.
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: Meloxicam is completely absorbed following oral administration and maximal plasma concentrations are obtained after approximately 4.5 hours. When the product is used according to the recommended dosage regime, steady state concentrations of meloxicam in plasma are reached on the second day of treatment.
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. The volume of distribution is 0.3 l/kg.
Metabolism: Meloxicam is predominantly found in plasma and is also a major biliary excretion product whereas urine contains only traces of the parent compound. Meloxicam is metabolised to an alcohol, an acid derivative and to several polar metabolites. All major metabolites have been shown to be pharmacologically inactive.
Elimination: Meloxicam is eliminated with a half-life of 24 hours. Approximately 75% of the administered dose is eliminated via faeces and the remainder via urine.
What is in Metacam?
Yellowish viscous oral suspension with a green tinge.
Each ml contains:
Meloxicam 1.5 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.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica GmbH
Binger Strasse 173
Ingelheim am Rhein
Marketing Authorisation Number
Is there any further advice I should know about Metacam?
Do not use in pregnant or lactating animals.
Do not use in dogs 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 dogs less than 6 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.
This product for dogs should not be used in cats as it is not suitable for use in this species. In cats, Metacam 0.5 mg/ml oral suspension for cats should be used.
Typical adverse reactions of NSAIDs such as loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, faecal occult blood, lethargy and renal failure have occasionally been reported. In very rare cases haemorrhagic diarrhoea, haematemesis, gastrointestinal ulceration and elevated liver enzymes have been reported.
These side effects occur generally within the first treatment week and 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
• 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).
The safety of the veterinary medicinal product has not been established during pregnancy and lactation.
Other NSAIDs, diuretics, anticoagulants, 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.
Pre-treatment with anti-inflammatory substances may result in additional or increased adverse effects and accordingly a treatment-free period with such drugs 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.
In case of overdose, symptomatic treatment should be initiated.
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.
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