Acepromazine Pet Medication
- Availability: Prescription
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- What is Acepromazine used for?
Acepromazine is a phenothiazine tranquilizer used by veterinarians as an aid in tranquilization and as a preanesthetic agent.
- How Acepromazine should be used?
Acepromazine is FDA approved for use in dogs only; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use acepromazine in cats.The usual sedative dose in dogs and cats is 0.25-1mg/pound. The medication should be administered 45 minutes to 1 hour before the procedure for the medication to take effect.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects of acepromazine include sedation, depression, incoordination, low blood pressure, slower heart rate and breathing. As with any phenothiazine, this medication may color the urine pink. Occasionally, this medication may have an opposite effect causing stimulation and aggression.
- What special precautions are there?
Acepromazine should not be used in animals allergic to it. Use with caution in animals with liver disease or heart disease. Do not use in animals with low blood volume, anemia or shock. Do not use in animals with seizure disorders. Do not give to pregnant or lactating animals. This medication should not be used to treat aggression since it may make the animal aggressive as a side effect. Phenytoin, antiarrhythmics such as quinidine, and beta blockers such as propranolol, should be used with caution when taking acepromazine. Antidiarrheal medications and antacids can reduce the absorption of acepromazine thereby reducing its effectiveness. Do not use with epinephrine. Do not use with other CNS depressant drugs such as phenobarbital. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking.
- In the event of overdose?
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include excess drowsiness, slow heart rate and breathing, unsteady movement, unconsciousness, low blood pressure or seizures.
- How should I store Acepromazine?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and should NOT be considered veterinary advice. Any veterinary questions should be referred to your veterinarian. This information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. Please make your own inquiries with your veterinarian for the suitability of a product for your pet.