Felimazole Tablet (Methimazole) for Cats
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- Product Description
- Safety Information
- Side Effects
- Additional Information
FELIMAZOLE Coated Tablets are used to treat hyperthyroidism in cats. FELIMAZOLE Coated Tablets contain the active ingredient methimazole and are given to your cat every day to block the production of thyroid hormones.
- Helps bring the level of thyroid hormones in the blood back to normal, enabling the metabolic rate to return to normal.
- Keeps your pet from devloping other serious conditions that can stem from untreated thyroid disease, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
Consult with your veterinarian for proper dosage and course of treatment.
Do not use in cats with hypersensitivity to methimazole, carbimazole or the excipient, polyethylene glycol.
Do not use in cats with primary liver disease or renal failure.
Do not use in cats with autoimmune disease.
Do not use in cats with hematological disorders (such as anemia, neutropenia, lymphopenia, orthrombocytopenia) or coagulopathies.
Do not use in pregnant or lactating queens. Laboratory studies in rats and mice have shown evidence of teratogenic and embryotoxic effects of methimazole.
Methimazole has anti-vitamin K activity and may induce bleeding diathesis without evidence of thrombocytopenia.
Use of FELIMAZOLE Coated Tablets in cats with renal dysfunction should be carefully evaluated. Reversal of hyperthyroidism may be associated with decreased glomerular filtration rate and a decline in renal function, unmasking the presence of underlying renal disease. Due to potentially serious adverse reactions such as hepatopathy, immune-mediated anemia, thrombocytopenia, and agranulocytosis, cats on methimazole therapy should be monitored closely for any sign of illness including anorexia, vomiting, head/facial pruritus or edema, depression/ lethargy, weight loss, anemia, skin lesions, diarrhea, fever, or lymphadenopathy. If a cat becomes ill while on FELIMAZOLE Coated Tablets, the drug should be stopped and appropriate hematological and biochemical testing should be done.
Methimazole is known to reduce the hepatic oxidation of benzimidazole anthelmintics (e.g. fenbendazole), leading to increased plasma concentration of these anthelmintics when administered concurrently. FELIMAZOLE Coated Tablets caused delayed maturation of the testes in young male cats in the 12-week safety study. The safety of FELIMAZOLE Coated Tablets has not been evaluated in male cats intended for breeding.
Food and Drug Interactions
Anticoagulants may be potentiated by the anti-vitamin K activity of FELIMAZOLE Coated Tablets. Concurrent use of phenobarbital may reduce the clinical effectiveness of FELIMAZOLE Coated Tablets. A reduction in dose of certain drugs (β-adrenergic blocking agents, digitalis glycosides, and theophylline) may be needed when the patient becomes euthyroid.
Not for use in humans. Keep out of reach of children. For use in cats only. Wash hands with soap and water after administration to avoid exposure to drug. Do not break or crush tablets. Wear protective gloves to prevent direct contact with litter, feces, urine, or vomit of treated cats, and broken or moistened tablets. Wash hands after contact with the litter of treated cats.
Methimazole is a human teratogen and crosses the placenta concentrating in the fetal thyroid gland. There is also a high rate of transfer into breast milk. Pregnant women or women who may become pregnant, and nursing mothers should wear gloves when handling tablets, litter or bodily fluids of treated cats.
Methimazole may cause vomiting, gastric distress, headache, fever, arthralgia, pruritus, and pancytopenia. In the event of accidental ingestion/overdose, seek medical advice immediately and show the product label to the physician.
Possible Side Effects
As with all drugs, side effects may occur. The most commonly reported side effects are anorexia, vomiting, head/facial pruritus or edema, depression/ lethargy, weight loss, anemia, elevated liver enzymes, skin lesions, elevated BUN, diarrhea, and thrombocytopenia. FELIMAZOLE Coated Tablets are not for use in pregnant or lactating queens, or cats with renal, hepatic, or hematological disorders. In some reported cases, the patients recovered after adverse signs were recognized, the drug was withdrawn, and veterinary care was applied. In some cases, death (or euthanasia) has been reported as an outcome of the adverse reactions listed above. Methimazole has anti-vitamin K activity and may induce bleeding diathesis without evidence of thrombocytopenia.
Contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet is experiencing side effects.
Store at controlled room temperature 25°C (77°F) with excursions between 15°-30°C (59°-86°F) permitted. Keep the container tightly closed in order to protect from moisture