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What is Metoclopramide?

Metoclopramide is used to treat nausea, vomiting, and reflux disease in dogs and cats by normalizing their digestive system function. Metoclopramide requires a prescription and is sold per tablet.
For: Cats and Dogs
 
Benefits:
Affordable
Easy to administer

How it works:
When motility (movement) in the stomach is reduced, food pools and creates a sensation of nausea and bloating. In some cases, bile refluxes from the intestine back into the stomach, causing irritation and more nausea. Metoclopramide normalizes stomach contractions so that food and bile can pass in the correct direction. Additionally, metoclopramide is able to cross a biochemical blood-brain barrier to control nausea. Metoclopramide helps the vomiting pet by acting directly on the brain to reduce the sensation of nausea.

Cautions:
Do not use a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as Anipryl, Selegiline, or a Preventic Flea Collar on your pet while giving this medication. Stop giving metoclopramide and contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet has an allergic reaction. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure, if your pet has had recent stomach surgery, or is pregnant or lactating.


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Brand Name
Reglan (Robins)
Generic Name
Metoclopramide (me-toe-kloí-pra-mide)

What is the most important information I should know about metoclopramide:Metoclopramide is a prescription medication that is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. Metoclopramide is available as 5mg and 10mg scored tablets. The usual dose for dogs and cats is 0.1-0.2mg/pound every 6-8 hours. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. Metoclopramide is not for use in animals allergic to it. Call your veterinarian immediately if your pet exhibits uncontrollable movements or muscle spasms of the legs, lips, jaw, tongue, face or other body part, agitation, jitteriness, shortness of breath or insomnia. Metoclopramide may cause drowsiness.

What is metoclopramide: Metoclopramide is a gastrointestinal stimulant used in the treatment of nausea, vomiting, and esophageal reflux. It also used to treat post-operative nausea and vomiting and to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. Metoclopramide may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving metoclopramide to my pet: Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or recent stomach surgery. Inform your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should this medication be given: Metoclopramide is usually given 3 or 4 times a day. Give each dose with plenty of water. Follow your veterinarian¿s instructions. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Store metoclopramide at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets. 

What happens if I miss giving a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don¿t remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness, confusion, and uncontrollable movements of the legs, face and tongue, muscle spasm of the neck, tremor, irritability and agitation.

What should I avoid while giving metoclopramide to my pet: Do not use Preventic Flea Collar on your pet while giving this medication.

What are the possible side effects of metoclopramide: Stop giving metoclopramide and contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet has an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue, face; and hives), uncontrollable spasms of the legs, lips, jaw, tongue, face or other body part, anxiety, agitation, insomnia, depression, yellowing of the skin or eyes, seizures. Other less serious side effects that may occur include nausea or diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, fluid retention, increased urination. Continue to give the medication and contact your veterinarian.

What other drugs will affect metoclopramide: Before giving metoclopramide, tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given an MAOI such as selegiline or Anipryl (within the last 14 days), digoxin, cyclosporine, tetracycline, insulin, a narcotic pain reliever or anticholinergic or antispasmodic medications such as Bentyl (dicyclomine). Also tell your veterinarian of any other medications you are giving that may cause drowsiness such as pain relievers, anxiety medications, muscle relaxants or any other prescription or over the counter medications. 

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about metoclopramide written for health professionals that you may read.

 

Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Directions:

Metoclopramide is a prescription medication used to treat nausea, vomiting, and reflux disease in dogs and cats.
Metoclopramide is also used to treat post-operative nausea and vomiting and to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy.

Tip: Give each dose with plenty of water. Give exactly as directed by your veterinarian.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Cats: All weights The usual dose is 0.1–0.2mg per pound of pet’s body weight every 6–8 hours
Horses:
Storage: Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Metoclopramide (5 mg):
Active Ingredients (per tablet)
Metoclopramide 5 mg
Other Ingredients:
Anhydrous lactose, Magnesium Stearate, Povidone, Pregelatinized Starch, Sodium Starch Glycolate, D&C Yellow #10, and FD&C Blue #1.

Metoclopramide (10 mg):
Active Ingredients (per tablet)
Metoclopramide 10 mg
Other Ingredients:
Anhydrous lactose, Magnesium Stearate, Povidone, Pregelatinized Starch, Sodium Starch Glycolate, D&C Yellow #10, and FD&C Blue #1.

Metoclopramide (250 mg):
Active Ingredients (per tablet)
Metoclopramide 250 mg
Other Ingredients:
Anhydrous lactose, Magnesium Stearate, Povidone, Pregelatinized Starch, Sodium Starch Glycolate, D&C Yellow #10, and FD&C Blue #1.

Metoclopramide (500 mg):
Active Ingredients (per tablet)
Metoclopramide 500 mg
Other Ingredients:
Anhydrous lactose, Magnesium Stearate, Povidone, Pregelatinized Starch, Sodium Starch Glycolate, D&C Yellow #10, and FD&C Blue #1.

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It Works for Us Metoclopramide.Our Quincy has a very touchy stomach. This product was prescribed to help him avoid vomiting his meals. The most susceptible to vomiting in the morning so we give it to them right before bedtime. This product is been very helpful. I would recommend it to anybody that has an animal with vomiting problems. 11/23/2013
Dog meds If I give it to her in timed intervals on an empty stomach as by the directions along with digestive enzymes she is able to digest her food more easily.I would say it is an effective medication for a dog with Mega esophagus. 09/16/2013
Only thing that helped Snickers Our adult cat had been intermittently vomiting up his food both dry and wet - didn't matter - for awhile so after a particularly bad week and several office visits, the vet suggested we try giving him 1/2 pill of this medication crushed up in his wet food twice a day. As soon as he started taking it, the vomiting subsided. He would become so distressed from vomiting that he would hesitate to eat or eat very little. Now he has his appetite back and seems to be doing quite well like his old self! Reminds me of how I felt before I started taking a prescription anti-acid myself. 07/31/2013
Finally Success When my mom passed away I inherited her cat and she would eat and immediately vomit up the food before it had time to be digested. I had every test done and we finally tried metoclopramide which worked immediately. I give her a one quarter of a 5mg pill before each meal. I put the pill in a chicken pill pocket for ease of giving. As we know it's not easy giving pills to cats. I do suggest giving three small meals a day as my cat can not handle large meals and seems to like always having some food in her stomach. I feed her at 7am, 4pm and some before I go to bed. The few times I didn't give her the pill she threw up so I know this pill works. The food I feed her is Physician's diet dry food. " Venison and Green Pea. I do think the type of food you feed is important to their digestion. I hope this helps. I know how helpless I felt till we found this pill. 03/23/2012
Probably life saver After taking a month to get our Vet to give the OK for the prescription we requested from you, Dante has shown great improvement. She's an old dog and still brings up phlegm occasionally but her quality of life has markedly improved. We were about to give her the last kindness! 04/09/2011
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My cat was suffering from increased nausea due to taking an anti-biotic. The meto seems to have worked, but she is drowsy and seems a bit depressed. Bot are possible side effects of meto. Can I stop administering the meto now the nausea has subsided and the antibiotics have been stopped?
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Sorry, you may have to inquire at a veterinarian's office about how to purchase this
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The one i have is for humans want to know if its okto give to my pets
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So it can what is the difference if it says hcl or not is it the same and it can be used for animals too
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The usual dose is 0.1‚Äď0.2mg per pound of pet‚Äôs body weight every 6‚Äď8 hours. However, you should consult your veterinarian for the appropriate dose for your dog.
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I feel it would be best to ask your vet.
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Thank-you for your question. First, double check that the liquid solution is 5mg/5ml. If this is correct, a dosage of 0.9ml is appropriate for a dog weighing 4 pounds. Give the medication as instructed by your veterinarian. This medication is typically used as needed every 6-8 hours. Hope this helps!

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Thank-you for your question! Metoclopramide is typically dosed 0.1-0.2mg per pound every 6-8 hours as needed. A 0.9mg dose is okay for your 4 pound dog. The tablets are only available as 5mg and 10mg, which would make dosing for your dog very difficult,if not impossible. It will be much easier to give the correct dose in a liquid form (a little less than 1ml per dose). They are the same medication, just different strengths/dosage forms. The tablets are much easier to use when dosing in larger dogs. Hope this helps!

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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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