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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.

For: Dogs only (8 weeks of age or older)


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.

Dosage & Administration: 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.


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


Pet Weight (lbs.) Dosage (Prevention of Acute Vomiting)
Dogs: 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: X X
Horses: X X

Pet Weight (lbs.) Dosage (Prevention of Vomiting Due to Motion Sickness)
Dogs: 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: X X
Horses: X X
Storage: Store this product at controlled room temperature.

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.

If you 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.

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

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