Vetmedin® Chewable Tablets
Vetmedin® contains pimobendan, a benzimidazole-pyridazinone derivative, which is a non-sympathomimetic, non-glycoside inotropic drug with vasodilatative properties. Pimobendan exerts a stimulatory myocardial effect by a dual mechanism of action consisting of an increase in calcium sensitivity of cardiac myofilaments and inhibition of phosphodiesterase (Type III).
Vetmedin® Chewable Tablets are artificial beef flavored.
*Contains pork. No actual beef or chicken.
Product Description & Form
Vetmedin® 1.25 mg Chewable Tablets: 16 mm, brown, oblong tablet, scored in half, imprinted with PO1;symbol. (NDC 00010-4480-01)
Vetmedin® 2.5 mg Chewable Tablets: 19 mm, brown, oblong tablet, scored in half, imprinted with PO2;symbol. (NDC 00010-4481-01)
Vetmedin® 5 mg Chewable Tablets: 23 mm, brown, oblong tablet, scored in half, imprinted with PO3;symbol. (NDC 00010-4482-01)
Vetmedin® 10 mg Chewable Tablets: 28 mm, brown, oblong tablet, scored in half, imprinted with PO4;symbol. (NDC 00010-4479-01)
- Indicated for the management of the signs of mild, moderate, or severe congestive heart failure in dogs due to atrioventricular valvular insufficiency (AVVI) or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
Vetmedin® should be given orally as directed by your veterinarian.
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. Contact your veterinarian if you miss giving doses for two or more days in a row.
Side effects may include vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, changes in behavior (e.g. uneasiness, incoordination, convulsions), drinking or urinating excessively, or rapid beating of the heart. Contact your veterinarian if these adverse effects occur.
Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Drug & Food Interactions
The following list of medicines may potentially interact with pimobendan: other positive inotropes and drugs that are highly protein bound. Concurrent use of beta-blockers or calcium channel blockers may decrease the effects of pimobendan. Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication or supplements you are giving to your pet. Quite often your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may be anticipated. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
Keep Vetmedin in a secure location out of reach of dogs, cats, and other animals to prevent accidental ingestion or overdose.
Only for use in dogs with clinical evidence of heart failure. Not for use in humans.
Allergic reactions to medications may occur. Be sure to inform VetSource and your veterinarian if your pet has any known drug sensitivities or allergies. If your pet displays symptoms of an allergic reaction, call your veterinarian immediately or go to a veterinary emergency clinic. Symptoms may include but are not limited to: swollen lips, tongue, face, airways; difficulty breathing; agitation; profuse salivation; vomiting; widespread hives and itching.
If you are concerned that your pet has experienced an adverse reaction to this medication or you have concerns about the product, please contact the manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim at 888-637-4251 or contact Vetsource customer service at 877-738-4443.
Store long term at 68°F to 77°F in controlled room temperature, excursion permitted between 59-86°F. Store in original packaging to protect from light. Keep out of reach of children and pets. Store in a childproof container. 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.
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