Value Through Innovation22 August 2014

Metacam®

(meloxicam)

METACAM offers an easy, effective way to treat pain effectively. Whether relieving the pain of osteoarthritis in large or small breed dogs or treating pain preemptively in cats prior to surgery, METACAM provides highly effective pain management that's rewarding for patients, practitioners, and owners alike. METACAM is the only injectable NSAID licensed for both cats and dogs in the US. It is also the only approved oral liquid NSAID for dogs with osteoarthritis in the US.

METACAM Solution for Injection

  • Cats
    Indicated in cats for the control of postoperative pain and inflammation associated with orthopedic surgery, ovariohysterectomy and castration when administered prior to surgery.
  • Dogs
    Indicated in dogs for the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis

METACAM Oral Suspension

  • Dogs only
    Indicated in dogs for the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Only METACAM is available in an oral liquid form that makes it easy to titrate to the lowest dose that is effective in each patient.

As a class, cyclo-oxygenase inhibitory NSAIDs may be associated with gastrointestinal, kidney, or liver side effects.  The most common side effects reported in field studies were vomiting and soft stool/diarrhea.  These are usually mild, but may be serious.  If side effects occur, pet owners should halt therapy and contact their veterinarian. Pets should be evaluated for pre-existing conditions and currently prescribed medications prior to treatment with METACAM, then monitored regularly while on treatment. Concurrent use with another NSAID, corticosteroid, or nephrotoxic medication should be avoided.

The safe use of METACAM Oral Suspension and Solution for Injection in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs used for breeding, or in pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated.

The safe use of Metacam 5 mg/mL Solution for Injection in cats younger than 4 months of age, cats used for breeding, or in pregnant or lactating queens has not been evaluated.  Repeated use of meloxicam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death.  Do not administer a second dose of meloxicam.  Do not follow meloxicam dose with any other NSAID.

CAUTION: Federal Law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.

  • For Dogs

    METACAM Solution for Injection

    • Smooth liquid for easy syringibility, can be used with small, less painful,
      25-gauge needle
    • Sub-Q and IV options in dogs
    • Fast pain relief with peak blood levels of 2.5 hours in dogs when
      administered Sub-Q
    • Requires the smallest injection volume of all NSAIDS
    • No need to refrigerate

    METACAM Oral Suspension

    • The only NSAID available in an oral suspension
    • Syringe calibrated by body weight in pounds makes dosing convenient
    • Dogs love the sweet, honey-flavored taste
    • Easily applied to the dog's food or given directly into the dog’s mouth
    • Ease of use makes it ideal for improved client compliance
  • For Cats

    METACAM Solution for Injection

    • Smooth liquid for easy syringibility, can be used with small, less painful, 25-gauge needle
    • Sub-Q only in cats
    • Fast pain relief with peak blood levels of 1.5 hours in cats when administered
      Sub-Q
    • Requires the smallest injection volume of all NSAIDS
    • No need to refrigerate
  • Available sizes

    METACAM Oral Suspension 1.5mg/mL

    • 32mL
    • 100mL
    • 180mL

    METACAM Oral Suspension 0.5mg/mL

    • 15mL

    METACAM Solution for Injection

    • 10mL

Important Safety Information

As a class, cyclo-oxygenase inhibitory NSAIDs may be associated with gastrointestinal, kidney, or liver side effects.  The most common side effects reported in field studies were vomiting and soft stool/diarrhea.  These are usually mild, but may be serious.  If side effects occur, pet owners should halt therapy and contact their veterinarian. Pets should be evaluated for pre-existing conditions and currently prescribed medications prior to treatment with METACAM, then monitored regularly while on treatment. Concurrent use with another NSAID, corticosteroid, or nephrotoxic medication should be avoided.

The safe use of METACAM Oral Suspension and Solution for Injection in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs used for breeding, or in pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated.

The safe use of Metacam 5 mg/mL Solution for Injection in cats younger than 4 months of age, cats used for breeding, or in pregnant or lactating queens has not been evaluated.  Repeated use of meloxicam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death.  Do not administer a second dose of meloxicam.  Do not follow meloxicam dose with any other NSAID.

CAUTION: Federal Law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.

For Dogs

  • Solution for Injection: METACAM 5mg/mL Solution for Injection should be administered initially as a single dose at 0.09 mg/lb (0.2mg/kg) body weight intravenously (IV) or subcutaneously (SQ), followed after 24 hours, by METACAM Oral Suspension at the daily dose of 0.045 mg/lb (0.1mg/kg) body weight, either mixed with food or placed directly in the mouth.
  • Oral Suspension: Administer initially as a single dose at 0.09mg/lb (0.2mg/kg) body weight on the first day of treatment. For all treatments after day 1, METACAM Oral Suspension should be administered once daily at a dose of 0.045mg/lb (0.1mg/kg) either mixed with food or placed directly into the mouth. The syringe is calibrated to deliver the daily maintenance dose in pounds. See package insert for complete weight information.

For Cats

  • Solution for Injection: Administer a single, one-time subcutaneous dose of METACAM 5mg/mL Solution for Injection to cats at a dose of 0.14mg/lb (0.3mg/kg) body weight. To ensure accurate dosing, the use of a 1mL graduated syringe is recommended.

Important Safety Information

As a class, cyclo-oxygenase inhibitory NSAIDs may be associated with gastrointestinal, kidney, or liver side effects.  The most common side effects reported in field studies were vomiting and soft stool/diarrhea.  These are usually mild, but may be serious.  If side effects occur, pet owners should halt therapy and contact their veterinarian. Pets should be evaluated for pre-existing conditions and currently prescribed medications prior to treatment with METACAM, then monitored regularly while on treatment. Concurrent use with another NSAID, corticosteroid, or nephrotoxic medication should be avoided.

The safe use of METACAM Oral Suspension and Solution for Injection in dogs younger than 6 months of age, dogs used for breeding, or in pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated.

The safe use of Metacam 5 mg/mL Solution for Injection in cats younger than 4 months of age, cats used for breeding, or in pregnant or lactating queens has not been evaluated.  Repeated use of meloxicam in cats has been associated with acute renal failure and death.  Do not administer a second dose of meloxicam.  Do not follow meloxicam dose with any other NSAID.

CAUTION: Federal Law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.