Veterinary Pharmacy Articles
Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?
Nitenpyram is used to treat flea infestations on dogs, puppies, cats and kittens 4 weeks of age and older and greater than 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) of body weight.
How do I give this medication?
- Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. Read the label carefully.
- DO NOT give more medication than directed or more often than directed.
- Nitenpyram may be placed directly into the pet’s mouth or hidden in the food. If you hide the pill in the food, make sure the pet has swallowed the pill. If you are not sure if the pet swallowed the pill, it is safe to give a second pill.
- Wash hands with soap and water after handling the medication.
What if I miss giving a dose?
Nitenpyram is used as needed, as often as once per day, whenever you see fleas on your pet.
How do I store this medicine?
- Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
- Store this medicine 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.
Potential Side Effects
- The dog or cat may start scratching itself as fleas begin to die. This is a temporary effect.
- If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
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.
- Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
- Nitenpyram may be used with heartworm preventives, corticosteroids, antibiotics, vaccines, deworming medications, shampoos and other flea products.
PET HEALTH LIBRARY
- The Pet Health Library contains information on some of the most common medical problems of dogs and cats. This information is designed to assist pet owners in better understanding their pets' health problems.
Cat Friendly Practice
- In the United States, there are millions more owned cats than owned dogs, yet cats visit veterinarians less frequently than dogs. A major reason is that it is very stressful to take cats to the veterinary practice and often owners believe their cat doesn't need routine check-ups for wellness and preventive care. The Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP) program, created by expert feline practitioners, provides a solution to this trend and provides an opportunity for veterinary practices to elevate care for cats and reduce the stress during the visit.