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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Cerenia (Maropitant Citrate) is a prescription medication used for the prevention and treatment of vomiting and nausea in dogs. It is the first oral medication specifically designed to address these symptoms, making it a popular choice among pet owners and veterinarians.
Cerenia should be administered orally as directed by a veterinarian. The recommended dosage and frequency of administration will depend on the specific case and the severity of the vomiting and nausea. It is important to follow the veterinarian's instructions carefully and not administer more or less of the medication than directed.
The active ingredient in Cerenia is Maropitant Citrate, a neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonist. It works by blocking the signals in the brain that trigger vomiting, providing relief from nausea and vomiting in dogs.
Cerenia is for use in dogs only and should not be administered to other animals or humans. Before administering Cerenia, tell your veterinarian if your dog has liver or kidney disease, as special precautions may be necessary. If your dog is pregnant or lactating, inform your veterinarian, as the safety of the medication in these cases has not been established
The most common side effects of Cerenia include lethargy, loss of appetite, and diarrhea. In rare cases, more serious side effects such as changes in behavior or seizures have been reported. If you notice any unusual symptoms or changes in your dog's behavior after administering Cerenia, contact your veterinarian immediately.