Anti-Ulcer Treatment

medicationWhy has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Different medicines may be prescribed to treat ulcers of the stomach and intestine. They work in various ways to allow the ulcer to heal. Some form a barrier over the ulcer, which protects the ulcer from the acid of the stomach. Others stop the secretion of gastric acid, and some neutralise gastric acid.

Anti-ulcer treatments are not available as veterinary preparations. This is true also in Australia, however veterinarians can prescribe these for dogs and cats with no further paperwork required. I suggest you can delete the following sentence: Your veterinary surgeon may ask you to sign a consent form so a preparation licensed for humans can be used to treat your pet.

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.

- Give this medication on an empty stomach, 1 hour before meals.

- Anti-ulcer treatments may affect the absorption of other medicines given by mouth. Your veterinarian will advise you. Wait at least 2 hours between giving these medicines and any other medicines by mouth.

- Try to give this medication at about the same time(s) each day.

- DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.

- DO NOT discontinue the medication without first checking with your veterinarian. Contact your veterinarian in advance if your pet needs a repeat prescription.

- Try not to miss giving any doses.

What 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.

Potential side effects

- Side effects are rare. Constipation has been reported with some anti-ulcer treatments.

- Other side effects may occur. 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, and a drug interaction may be anticipated. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.

- Wait at least 2 hours between giving anti-ulcer treatments and any other medicines by mouth.

- Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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