Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?
Cisapride is used in small animals to stimulate intestinal contractions, and to treat chronic constipation or other conditions where food and waste materials have stopped moving through the gastrointestinal tract. This medication also speeds up the time taken to empty the stomach.
How do I give this medication?
- Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
- If the medicine is a liquid, measure the dose with reasonable care.
- Try to give this medication at about the same time(s) each day.
- Give this medication 15 to 30 minutes before a meal.
- DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
- DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
- DO NOT stop giving this medication to your pet unless directed by your veterinarian. Call your veterinarian ahead of time if your pet needs a refill.
- Try not to miss giving any doses.
What do I do if I miss giving a dose?
Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.
How do I store this medicine?
- Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
- Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
- Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.
What are the potential side effects?
- Side effects have not yet been well documented.
- Your pet may experience some diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Report any adverse effects to your veterinarian.
- Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Are there any possible drug interactions?
- 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.
- The following drugs can potentially interact with cisapride: anticholinergic agents, cimetidine, ranitidine, anticoagulants, alcohol, benzodiazepines, ketoconazole, itraconazole, IV miconazole or troleandomycin.
- Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
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