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What is Cerenia?

Cerenia is indicated for the prevention of acute vomiting and prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs. It is intended for use in dogs 8 weeks of age or older. Cerenia requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Dogs only (8 weeks of age or older)

Benefits:
  • Prevents acute vomiting and vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs
  • Comes in 4 different size tablets for various weight classes
  • Once a day dosing
  • Non-sedating
How it Works:

Cerenia is considered an antiemetic. It helps control acute vomiting and vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs. Vomiting occurs when a certain substance called substance P in the brain is triggered. Maropitant citrate, the ingredient in Cerenia, blocks substance P thus controlling the vomiting reaction.

Cautions:

Not for use in humans. Keep out of reach in children. Topical exposure may elicit localized allergic skin reactions in some individuals. In case of accidental ingestion, seek medical advice. Repeated or prolonged exposure may lead to skin sensitization. Wash hands with soap and water after administering drug. Cerenia is also an ocular irritant. In case of accidental eye exposure, flush with water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention.

Brand Name:

Cerenia (Pfizer)

Generic Name:

maropitant citrate

What is the most important information I should know about Cerenia:

Dogs should not be fed for at least 1 hour prior to giving Cerenia. For the prevention of acute vomiting Cerenia can be given once a day for up to 5 days. For prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness Cerenia can be given once a day, 2 hours before traveling, for up to 2 days in a row. Do not embed Cerenia in hot dogs, sausage, hard cheese or pill pockets to give the tablet as this may decrease efficacy by delaying absorption. If necessary, loosely wrap the tablet in a small amount of food such as deli meat.

What is Cerenia:

Cerenia is an antiemetic, prescription-required medication FDA approved for use in dogs 8 weeks of age or older for the prevention of acute vomiting and vomiting due to motion sickness. Cerenia is available as 16mg, 24mg, 60mg, or 160mg tablets in blister packs of 4 tablets. The usual minimum dose of Cerenia for prevention of acute vomiting in dogs is 0.9mg/pound once a day for up to 5 days. The usual minimum dose of Cerenia for prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness is 3.6mg/pound once a day, given 2 hours prior to travel, for up to 2 consecutive days.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Cerenia:

Do not use this medication in animals allergic to it. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver disease, gastrointestinal obstruction, or if your pet is pregnant or nursing.

How should this medication be given:

Give Cerenia exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. For prevention of motion sickness, Cerenia should be given 2 hours before traveling, but you should not feed your pet for at least 1 hour before giving Cerenia. Blood tests or other medical evaluations may be required by your veterinarian to monitor your pet. Store Cerenia at controlled room temperature (68°-77° F). Keep this medication out of the reach of children and other pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication unless directed to by your veterinarian.

What happens if I overdose the pet:

Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of Cerenia overdose may include diarrhea, bloody stool, loss of appetite, lethargy.

What should I avoid while giving Cerenia to my pet:

Topical exposure to Cerenia may cause localized allergic skin reactions in some individuals. Repeated or prolonged exposure may lead to skin sensitization. Wash hands with soap and water after giving the medication. In case of accidental eye exposure, flush the eye with water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention.

What are the possible side effects of Cerenia:

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Cerenia and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; hives); sudden onset of diarrhea; vomiting; shock; seizures; coma. Other less serious side effects may occur. If any of the following side effects occur, continue to give Cerenia and talk to your veterinarian: drooling, lethargy, drowsiness. Side effects other than those listed in this guide may occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome to your pet.

What other drugs will affect Cerenia:

Consult your veterinarian before giving Cerenia to pets also being given NSAIDs, heart, anticonvulsant, and behavioral medications since interactions may occur. Drugs other than those listed in this guide may also interact with Cerenia. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

Where can I get additional information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about Cerenia written for health professionals that you may read.

How to Use
Directions:
  • For prevention of acute vomiting, Cerenia should be given orally at a minimum dose of 2 mg/kg body weight once daily for up to 5 consecutive days.
  • For prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness, Cerenia should be given orally at a minimum dose of 8 mg/kg body weight once daily for up to 2 consecutive days. Dogs should be fasted 1 hour prior to administration of tablets. Administer 2 hours before travel.
Tip:

Use only as directed on package or instructions given by your veterinarian.

Dosage:
Dogs (Dosage for Prevention of Acute Vomiting):
Weight
Dosage
2.2-8.8
Give 1/2 tablet (16 mg)
8.9-17.6
Give 1 tablet (16 mg)
17.7-26.4
Give 1 tablet (24 mg)
26.5-52.8
Give 2 tablets (24 mg)
52.9-66.0
Give 1 tablet (60 mg)
66.1-132.0
Give 2 tablets (60 mg)
Cats:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Dogs (Dosage for Prevention of Vomiting Due to Motion Sickness):
Weight
Dosage
2.2
Give 1/2 tablet (16 mg)
2.3-3.3
Give 1/2 tablet (24 mg)
3.4-4.4
Give 1 tablet (16 mg)
4.5-6.6
Give 1 tablet (24 mg)
6.7-8.8
Give 2 tablets (16 mg)
8.9-13.2
Give 2 tablets (24 mg)
13.3-16.5
Give 1 tablet (60 mg)
16.6-22.0
Give 1/2 tablet of 160mg
22.1-33.0
Give 2 tablets (60mg)
33.1-44.0
Give 1 tablet (160mg)
44.1-66.0
Give 1 1/2 tablets (160mg)
66.1-88.0
Give 2 tablets (160mg)
88.1-132.0
Give 3 tablets (160mg)
Cats:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this product at controlled room temperature.

Ingredients
Cerenia:
Active Ingredients
Amount
Maropitant citrate
16 mg
Active Ingredients
Amount
Maropitant citrate
24 mg
Active Ingredients
Amount
Maropitant citrate
60 mg
Active Ingredients
Amount
Maropitant citrate
160 mg
Customer Reviews
Cerenia is rated 4.8889 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved my cat from pancreatitis My vet prescribes this for my cat because of his chronic pancreatitis. It relieves the severe pain, helps him gain his appetite & eat, & takes away his nausea & stops his vomiting. It has been a real life saver!
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My yorkie has a collapsing trachea and due to the antihistamine in Cerenia the noise and chokong has stopped
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miracle Drug Our dog, Edgar, has kidney cancer and failure and he got to where he wasn't eating due to nausea. We tried Reglan and it worked for a while and then stopped. Our vet recommended Cerenia and it has been our short term miracle drug. It has stopped the nausea associated with his disease and is now allowing him to enjoy food again for what ever time he has left with us.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best option yet we tried many other solutions for our car sick adopted rescue husky and Cerenia was the best. we tried many all natural approaches, psychological approaches by working with short rides, benadryl with guidance from the vet and finally Cerenia. our 4 hour car trips to visit relatives a few times a year are finally ok for our pup who was getting sick every 20 minutes before Cerenia.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works for cat allergies My cat has asthma and also had a severe problem with nasal congestion and sneezing with considerable discharge. Nothing worked to relieve this problem until my vet did some research and found that Cerenia had been found to successfully treat allergies in cats. We gave it a try and no more sneezes or congestion! The dose is tiny (1/4 tab twice a week) but the results are amazing.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy dog. Happy parents! Our little 13 pound Alaskan Klee Kai mix was so miserable in the car that it brought tears to my eyes. She couldn't make it even a mile or two in the car without getting sick. Like others, we tried everything. We talked to our Vet and she prescribed cerenia. We had our doubts and initially gave her half of a 60mg tab (ok'd by Vet and we thought that might do it). Well, she didn't get as sick but it wasn't enough. Next time we gave her the whole tablet and it was a miracle! We travelled nearly 200 miles and she was a happy, happy dog! She had the best time ever when we reached our destination! We thought it might be just a quirk, but lo and behold, same fabulous results the next time. Since the effects last about 3 days, one tablet worked perfectly for the whole trip nearly 400 miles round trip with overnight stays). I nearly cried to know that this little girl had such relief. We followed directions exactly: no food one hour before cerenia; gave the 60mg tab 2 hours before travel. We let her have water but no food. THANK YOU cerenia for giving our little girl travel freedom! Incidentally, she generally seemed less anxious overall! I'm so happy that this little girl is comfortable on car trips. She now has another joyful option in her life.
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good We are using Cerenia to help with acute Rhinitis. My dog was having multiple bloody nose episodes and we tried several other treatment plans. My vet recently attended a seminar and learned that there has been some very good success using Cerenia to treat acute rhinitis and we have seen a tremendous improvement. Its been 12 days without a bloody nose. He is breathing great and has so much more energy. He is back to his old self. He will be on five days on and two days off for the rest of his life.
Date published: 2013-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No More Car Sickness! My dog was impossible when it came to car travel. She would vomit each & every time & I tried everything from homeopathic remedies to making sure she hadn't eaten before car trips, etc......everything! Vet prescribed this & it works...at first I couldn't believe it...but it has not failed me since & now I will not take any car trips with her without it....I look in the back seat now & she is actually relaxing & observing instead of looking like she was ready to die!
Date published: 2013-01-15
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Q&A

Cats?

A vet i brougy my cat to see today prescribed this for my cat because he threw up all night.. I dont see any info here regarding cats taking this medication....is it okay for vomiting cats?
Asked by: penny
My 20-year old cat had problems with lack of appetite and vomiting up her food due to hyperthyroidism and renal failure (no hairballs, she has stopped grooming). My veterinarian prescribed 1/4 tablet of the 16mg tablets every 2-3 days . She also recommended giving her 1/4 tablet of Pepcid A/C on the off days. It has worked wonders, no more vomiting and better appetite.
Answered by: NOVA
Date published: 2015-09-03

is a Rx required to order Cerenia

Asked by: bob
Yes, it is a prescription medication.
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2015-06-18

is it ok for 16 week puppies

Asked by: Anonymous
Cerenia is recommended for use in dogs 8 weeks of age or older. Speak to your veterinarian to determine if this is the most appropriate treatment for your puppies.
Answered by: Cheryl-Pharmacist
Date published: 2015-04-28

For a 39 pound dog which MG dosage is correct

Asked by: Mike
The dose is determined by what your pet is being treated for (prevention of vomitting versus prevention of vomitting due to motion sickness). Speak to your veterinarian to determine the appropriate dose for your pet.
Answered by: Cheryl-Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-10-30

Can this medication be given for 21 consecutive days?

Our Yorkie who is 8 months old get very sick when we travel in the car and sometimes when she rides her carrier on the air plane. We are going to Europe and want to take her with us. We will be driving around for 2 1/2 weeks. Can she be given this every day for that time period?
Asked by: Kat
your vet will have to advise you on that
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2014-07-02

Cerenia for cats.

Our 16 year old cat suddenly lost her appetite. With little going in and little going out, the vet recommended an antibiotic that did not improve her condition. The next suggestion was an enema treatment that included Mirtazapine (15mg) and Cerenia (60mg) which seems like a lot for a 14 pound cat. When we brought her home, her rear legs were paralyzed, and her tongue would not work so she could drink water. We placed her in her bed around 9pm to make her more comfortable; by midnight she had died. Very side. This could have just been her time, excessive restraint during the enema, or a drug reaction. Anyone else have a similar experience? Thanks.
Asked by: RKN-MN
I am so sorry your beloved pet passed away. Perhaps the veterinarian was trying everything possible to try and save your pet, but she was too ill. I have heard of older cats passing away in exactly the way you are describing and that was without any medications. I hope you find some comfort in hearing other peoples' experiences. Take Care.
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2014-08-26

cerena

can I buy from England in Pounds
Asked by: milly
yes. Please call our customer care department. Thank you.
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2014-05-31

Will Cerenia make my dog drowsy and keep him calm

My Norfolk Terrier /Shih Tzu mix weighs about 15 lbs. We tried giving him a 12mg dose of "less drowsy" dramamine before a 8 hour car ride. Although he didn't vomit it did make him very hyper. We are looking for a motion sickness remedy that will cease vomiting and make him relaxed. Will Cerenia accomplish this? Thanks
Asked by: Ben
This medication generally does not cause drowsiness.
Answered by: Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-05-12
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