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What is Mirtazapine?

Mirtazapine was created to treat depression in humans, but was found to be very beneficial in stimulating appetite in pets. It is usually administered to pets suffering from conditions like renal failure and stomach disease. In addition, it aids with loss of appetite or nausea associated with cancer treatments. Mirtazapine requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.
Find Mirtazapine at PetMeds, America's Largest Pet Pharmacy
For: Dogs & Cats

Benefits:
Stimulates appetite in pets
Used as an anti-nausea for pets undergoing cancer treatments
Comes in a small tablet

How it works:
Mirtazapine causes a side effect that stimulates appetite. It also has strong anti-nausea properties that block signals from the intestine and stomach that communicate with the vomit center of the brain.

Cautions:
Keep out of reach of children. Safety of Mirtazapine is unproven in pregnant and lactating pets.


More Information:
Brand Name
Mirtazapine
Generic Name
Mirtazapine 15mg

What is this product used for: Mirtazapine is used as an appetite stimulant for pets. It is extremely beneficial for pets that are suffering from a condition such as stomach disease, renal failure or other conditions that make pets feel queasy and lose their appetite. It is also prescribed to pets that are undergoing chemotherapy treatments, since an unsettled stomach is commonly attributed to chemotherapy.

Availability: Mirtazapine requires a prescription from a veterinarian.

How this product should be used: Generally, Mirtazapine is given once a day to dogs, and twice a week to cats. However, dosages vary by weight and by veterinarians' instructions so use accordingly.

What are the side effects: One potential yet rare side effect is serotonin syndrome. It is caused when the serotonin levels become elevated. This usually occurs when Mirtazapine is used as part of a combination of other serotonin-increasing medications. Monitor your pet with elevated heart rate, tremors, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, fever or high blood pressure. Hyperactivity is also a sign in some dogs.

What special precautions are there:

Mirtazapine should not be combined with other antidepressants.

In the event of overdose: Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room.

How should I store this product: Store in a cool, dry place inaccessible to children and pets.

Directions:

Generally, Mirtazapine is given once a day to dogs, and twice a week to cats. However, dosages vary by weight and by veterinarians instructions so use accordingly.
It is used to treat conditions where poor appetite and nausea go together.
It is also used to alleviate the nausea associated with chemotherapy when treating cancer.
Tip: It is important to find out the cause of the loss of appetite in your pet and treat the underlying conditon and not just the symptoms.

Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Puppies: All weights Varies by weight, use according to your veterinarian.
Cats/Kittens: All weights Varies by weight, use according to your veterinarian.
Horses:
Storage: Should be stored at room temperature. Keep away from moisture and heat.
Mirtazapine:
Active Ingredients (per tablet) Amount
Mirtazapine USP 15 mg
Mirtazapine 4.7 5 3 3
Saved my cat's life! My cat was at stage 4 Kidney disease.when the U of Minnesota pet hospital recommended this for his lack of appetite. He had lost a # and gained it right back after using this about twice a week. About every three to four days he starts to lose his appetite. I then give him (for his 9 # weight) 1/8 to 1/4 of a pill. That keeps him from getting too much. I just chip off a piece and hold his head back until he swallows it.He does get anxious and eyes dilated after 10 minutes but he is suddenly starved and eats happily for 3 to 4 days and is very affectionate. Don't be scared of the temporary howling...use small chip dose. 11/11/2014
My cat has lower intestional cancer and i was given this in a liquid form.. My cat hates the taste of this medicine, even though they made it chicken flavored he still does not like it at all and he makes himself drool excessively. Since taken this with his chemotherapy medicine he has started gaining weight. He actually eats like crazy after the medicine has kicked in and also no longer throws up. The one thing I do not like is that he gets a little anxious and his eyes become very dialated for at least 10 minutes, then he is back to himself. I love this product but feel bad having to give him any medicine at all but it has helped him 90%. 05/14/2014
Pretty good but a few side effects Seems to suppress nausea and it is helping my cat to eat more. But I wonder how good it is for her as it makes her hyper for at least the first 12 hours after giving it to her. And she meows a lot and seems restless. She has had 3 doses over the past week and a half...I may lengthen the time between doses...TBC 04/01/2014
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2 months, 1 week ago
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These can be taken together. There are no known drug interactions.
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Meowing and crying are known side effects of cats taking this drug. Your kitty is most likely
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The crying may be due to something else. If the crying just started after you began giving the mirtazipine, then please let your veterinarian know.
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or is there a generic ?
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These pills are easily broken in half.
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The dose you were given sounds about right for a 10 lb dog
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male chihauhau. weighs 20 lbs. Consistent itching above tail... lower back. Currently on steroids (Prednazone) . Its making him gain weight. Could Mirtazapine
ine be a safer alternative. If so how many milligrams how many times a day? Thank you
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I think a proper vet/pharmacist already answered this, but mirtazapine does not do what steroids/prednisone do.

You should have the vet evaluate whether the weight gain is simply fat or lean body mass versus water retention, which creates a greater workload for the heart.

If you're having a problem, ask your vet about a topical steroid - even if one would need to be compounded. This would greatly minimize size effects while directly delivering the drug.
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Mirtazapine would not be an appropriate choice. Talk to your veterinarian about a better choice
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I give it when he won't eat...and I usually find that out in the morning when he gets his breakfast (wet cat food) and refuses it. So just give a chip of a pill for a 9 pound cat 1/8 pill. Don't let cat with kidney disease go for even a day without eating....very dangerous. This pill worked great for our cat.
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it can be given with food or on empty stomach. Many pet owners will use a pill pocket or hide the
pill in some moist food. You can give it in the morning but make sure to give it at the same time
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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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