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Metacam vs Meloxicam

Mom2Abee
March 12th, 2011, 07:05 PM
Does anyone know how to convert the dosage of metacam to meloxicam?
Thank you.

kathryn
March 12th, 2011, 07:15 PM
Does anyone know how to convert the dosage of metacam to meloxicam?
Thank you.

That's really something that you should talk to your vet about. It all depends on how many mg/mL etc.. Especially since if you dose something out wrong and send your pet into kidney failure I bet you won't feel too good about that

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm231254.htm

WARNING

Repeated use of meloxicam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death. Do not administer additional injectable or oral meloxicam to cats. See Contraindications, Warnings, and Precautions for detailed information.

I saw a 4 month old puppy die after being otherwise TOTALLY healthy after being on metacam a few days after being spayed. So, it's up to you, if you want to go ahead and try to convert it be my guest, but I'd be very careful if I were you.

Mom2Abee
March 12th, 2011, 07:24 PM
I'm still waiting for the vet to call me back!! I talked to him about the switch & he was to call me back on Thursday but..... There's no way I'd ever try to do it on my own but I was hoping that someone else here had experience with these drugs!

kathryn
March 12th, 2011, 07:26 PM
I'm still waiting for the vet to call me back!! I talked to him about the switch & he was to call me back on Thursday but..... There's no way I'd ever try to do it on my own but I was hoping that someone else here had experience with these drugs!

The only experiences I've had are bad ones, so I just err on the side of caution and tell everyone to be careful Sorry your vet hasn't called you back! Hate when that happens.

If the mg/mL on the Metacam is the same as the generic, technically the dose would be the same.. but with those drugs it's iffy because not enough and it won't do it's job, too much and it can kill! It's not like taking an asprin or something, it's quite specific.

dbg10
March 13th, 2011, 02:39 PM
I have used Metacam on all of my senior dogs without any side effects, after ruling out the use of the other Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory drugs available for use in dogs. Every other NSAID I used had side effects that I couldn't live with, diarrhea and vomiting were the main ones and the dogs were not impressed either. I also should mention that all my senior dogs weighed between 50 and 110 pounds so they were all large breed dogs.

However, I have never used the generic form of the drug which is Meloxicam so I can't help you with the dosage. You might want to go to the Metacam website where they talk about dosage
Metacam Website (http://www.metacam.com/)

BUT I wouldn't make the change without your Vet giving you the exact dose required because as Kathryn said there can be very unpleasant and even dangerous side effects when too much of the drug is given and too little won't work.

I assume you are planning to use the Metacam/Meloxicam for your dog because it is not meant for regular use in cats as Kathryn mentioned. It is only authorized by the FDA for use in cats by injection pre and/or post operatively by a Veterinarian.

Using-METACAM-in-Cats (http://www.metacam.com/index.php/Using METACAM in Cats)

Veterinary Use of Metacam By Injection In Cats (http://www.metacam.com/index.php/Using-METACAM-in-Cats)

Is the Meloxicam you are thinking of using in pill form or a liquid? Is it meant for humans or animals? Please let us know how it turns out because Metacam is the most expensive NSAID for animals and it would be nice to know if there is an alternative. :)