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Ronidazole

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Ronidazole is a synthetic antibacterial and antiprotazoal agent used in treating trichomoniasis in cats.

How do I give this medication?

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"Owners should wear gloves when administering ronidazole and when cleaning up the litter box during treatment and for 3 days after treatment is completed."
  • WEAR GLOVES WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS MEDICATION.
  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • Owners should wear gloves when administering ronidazole and when cleaning up the litter box during treatment and for 3 days after treatment is completed. Ronidazole is a potentially mutagenic, carcinogenic, and embryo-toxic substance in humans when they are exposed to it over long periods of time. Short term exposure during a typical 14 day course of treatment is not thought to pose significant risks to either the pet or its owner
  • Feces should be double bagged and then disposed of in the regular trash. This should be continued for 3 days after the treatment is finished.
    "Pregnant women should not handle ronidazole."
  • Pregnant women should not handle ronidazole.
  • Give this medication for as long as prescribed by your veterinarian, even if it appears the pet is feeling better. This will help to ensure the infection is completely cleared up.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.
  • Ronidazole capsules are extremely bitter; do not open the capsules unless directed to do so by your veterinarian.

What if I miss giving a dose?

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.

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store capsules at room temperature. Do not expose the capsules to light for prolonged periods of time.
  • 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.

What are the potential side effects?

  • This medication may cause drowsiness, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and neurological disorders (e.g. muscular incoordination, involuntary rapid movement of the eyeball, seizures, head tilt, slow heart rate, rigidity and stiffness).
  • If your pet develops any neurological symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may be anticipated. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following drugs can potentially interact with ronidazole: warfarin and cyclosporine.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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