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|Drug Name and Strength||Meloxicam 1.5 mg/mL|
|Indication||Alleviation of inflammation and pain in acute and chronic musculoskeletal disorders such as discospondylosis, arthropathy and soft tissue injuries in dogs.|
|Contraindications||Administration to lactating bitches or during the last one-third of pregnancy. The use of the product is contraindicated in animals suffering from cardiac, hepatic or clinical renal disease, where there is the possibility of gastrointestinal ulceration or bleeding, or where there is evidence of a haemorrhagic disorder or individual hypersensitivity to the product.|
|Actions||Meloxicam is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) of the oxicam group which acts by inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis. Meloxicam exerts anti-inflammatory, anti-exudative, analgesic and antipyretic effects. It inhibits leucocyte infiltration into the inflamed tissue and prevents bone and cartilage destruction. To a minor extent it also inhibits collagen induced thrombocyte aggregation.|
|Warnings||As for other NSAIDs, use in any animal less than 6 weeks of age or in debilitated or aged animals may involve additional risk. If use in such animals cannot be avoided, careful clinical management may be required.Metacam Oral Suspension should not be administered concurrently with steroidal or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aminoglycoside antibiotics or anticoagulant agents. Pretreatment with anti-inflammatory drugs may result in additional or increased adverse effects, so a treatment-free period with such drugs should be observed for at least 24 hours before commencement with Metacam Oral Suspension. The treatment-free period, however, should take into account the pharmacokinetic properties of the drugs used previously.|
|Precautions||First Aid If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or Poisons Information Centre. Phone Australia 131 126.|
|Dosage and Administration||Shake well before use. Administer orally, mixed with food. Initial dose. On the first day of treatment, give a single oral dose of 0.2 mg (4 drops)/kg bodyweight. Maintenance. Continue treatment once daily, at intervals of 24 hours. Maintenance dose: 0.1 mg (2 drops)/kg bodyweight. For longer term treatment, once clinical response has been observed (after at least four days), the dose of Metacam can be adjusted to the lowest effective individual dose, reflecting that the degree of pain and inflammation associated with chronic musculoskeletal disorders may vary over time. If no improvement is noticeable after 10 days of treatment, consult a veterinary surgeon.|
|Storage||Store below 25°C (air conditioning). Discard 6 months after initial use when stored below 25°C (air conditioning).|
|MSDS (external link)||Metacam Oral Dog 180ml MSDS|
|Label (external link)||Metacam Oral Dog 180ml Label|
|Manufacturer||Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Australia Pty Ltd|