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Acepromazine is used as a sedative and a pre-anesthetic agent. Acepromazine may be used to help manage feline urinary tract disease and can also be used to prevent vomiting due to motion sickness.
Acepromazine is used to sedate animals for minor procedures (e.g. grooming), control overly excitable animals, prevent vomiting, prevent muscle spasms, alleviate itching as a result of skin irritation and decrease temperature.
This medication does not have an FDA approved indication for use in animals, but it is a common and acceptable practice for veterinarians to prescribe this human medication for use in animals. Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely. Acepromazine should not be given to animals with strychnine or organophosphate poisoning or within one month of worming with an organophosphate agent.
Do not use in conjunction with ectoparasiticides, including flea collars. The following drugs can potentially interact with acepromazine: kaolin-pectin, bismuth subsalicylate compounds, antacids, propranolol, phenytoin, quinidine, epinephrine, other CNS depressants, atropine, barbiturates, barbiturate anesthetics, aminoglycoside antibiotics, phenylpropanolamine, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline), and procaine. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together. Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.
Side effects may include incoordination, drowsiness and constipation. Acepromazine may discolor your pet's urine to a pink or red-brown color. Your pet's blood pressure may decrease which may cause your pet to collapse. If this occurs, contact your veterinarian immediately. Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Acepromazine should be given orally as directed by your veterinarian. Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
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