Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Taurine is an amino acid used to treat cardiomyopathy due to a taurine deficiency in cats and dogs. Taurine has also been used to prevent retinal degeneration.

How do I give this medication?

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • If the medicine is a liquid, measure the dose with reasonable care.
  • Taurine may be given orally or mixed in the food.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and do not give more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

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 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 other damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

Are there any potential side effects?

"Side effects are generally rare."
  • Occasionally stomach upset has been reported.
  • Side effects are generally rare.

What are some possible drug interactions?

  • No drug interactions have been reported.
  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian if you are giving your pet any other medication or supplements.

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