Hialeah Gardens, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/11/2014 -- Cimetidine is a drug used to reduce the amount of stomach acid and is given to cats, dogs and horses to treat and prevent ulcers. It is also given to animals with inflammation of the upper GI tract (esophagus and stomach) or those with acid reflux. It works by binding to histamine receptors that increase the amount of acid formed in the stomach. Dogs and cats that have mast cell tumors that release large amounts of histamine can also benefit from the drug.
Cimetidine comes in a liquid, pill or as an injection. Mild side effects are an upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Rarely, a severe allergic reaction will occur. Animals with liver or kidney disease should be carefully monitored when given the drug. Cimetidine interacts with a lot of other drugs and veterinarians should be aware of what the animal is currently taking before prescribing cimetidine. Animals prescribed this drug should finish the full course. It is only been approved for human use and is available over the counter as Tagamet®. But pet owners should not give it to their pets without the supervision of a veterinarian.
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