CLIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
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Keep this leaflet safe, as you may need to refer to it again. Please ask your vet or veterinary nurse if you have any further questions. This medicine has been prescribed for your pet ONLY. Do not take it yourself or give it to another person or any other animal; it may harm them even if their symptoms appear to be the same.
The medicine you have been given for your dog or cat is called omeprazole. It may have a trade name such as
Losec®, Mepradec® or Zanprol®, but often will just be called omeprazole. What is omeprazole? What should I do if I run out of What are the possible side tablets or capsules? effects of omeprazole for my pet? inhibitors. These drugs reduce gastric
Why has my pet been prescribed omeprazole?
weeks or less. If your pet shows anyWhat should I do if I miss a dose?
medication, please contact your vet.
dose at the normal time. DO NOT What should I do if my pet is unwell while taking What should I do if my pet is omeprazole? accidentally given too many How should I store omeprazole? What should I do if a person accidentally takes this drug? Can my pet take omeprazole if
storage conditions. For safety, all I am already giving them other medicines should be kept out of the reach and sight of children.
Tell your vet if you are giving your pet
How do I give omeprazole
any other medications, even if you think
capsules plus their container (even if it
tablets or capsules to my pet?
Try to disguise them in a small quantity
Whom do I contact if I want to
of strongly flavoured food that your pet
shop or pharmacy. If your pet is already
likes. Alternatively, they can be placed
taking phenytoin (a drug used to control
carefully on the back of the pet’s tongue
How long will my pet need to take omeprazole? The Prescribing Cascade
This medicine is authorized for use in human patients and is used by vets under the ‘prescribing cascade’. The medicine is not authorized by the Veterinary Medicines
Directorate (VMD), an executive agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), for use in dogs/cats/pets. Your vet can explain the ‘prescribing
cascade’ in further detail to you and also explain why they are prescribing this drug for your pet. You will be asked to sign a consent form stating that you understand the
reasons that the drug is being prescribed and its possible complications, before the treatment is issued. British Small Animal Veterinary Association 2011. While the editors and the BSAVA have made every effort in preparing this information leaflet, the contents and any
statements are made in good faith purely for general guidance and cannot be regarded as substitute for professional advice. The publishers, contributors and the
BSAVA do not take responsibility for the information provided on this leaflet and hence do not accept any liability for loss or expense incurred (by you or persons that you
disseminate the materials to) as a result of relying on content in this leaflet. To this end, you are advised to consult your vet and seek his professional advice before taking
any steps set out in this leaflet. If you are a vet, you must not rely on the contents in this leaflet without independently verifying the correctness and veracity of the contents.
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