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Drug Info

  • Drug Name: Maropitant Citrate
  • Common Name: Cerenia
  • Generics: No Generics Available
  • Drug Type: Antiemetic
  • Used For: Acute Vomiting & Motion Sickness
  • How Dispensed: Prescription Only
  • Available Forms: 16mg, 24mg, 60mg & 160mg
  • FDA Approved: Yes, for dogs


Maropitant Citrate tablets are used to help prevent and control acute vomiting and also to help prevent the onset of vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs.

Dosage and Administration

This medication is intended for oral use in dogs only.

For Prevention of Acute Vomiting

Administer Cerenia tablets orally at a minimum dose of 0.9mg/lb body weight once daily for up to five consecutive days. For prevention of acute vomiting, it is recommended for use in dogs 8 weeks and older.

For Prevention of Vomiting Due to Motion Sickness

Administer Cerenia tablets orally at a minimum dose of 3.6mg/lb body weight once daily for up to two consecutive days. Dogs should be fasted one hour prior to administration. Administer tablets two hours prior to travel. For prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness, Cerenia is recommended for use in dogs 16 weeks and older.

Always follow the dosage instructions (including any special instructions) from your veterinarian. To avoid delaying the dissolution of the tablet, do not embed Cerenia tablets in food and avoid prolonged fasting before administration of tablets.

Feeding your pet a small meal or snack one hour before administration of tablets for motion sickness may reduce the occurrence of pre-trip vomiting following administration.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects are rare but can include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Drooling
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Anorexia

Contact your veterinarian if you think your dog has any medical problems or side effects while taking Cerenia.


Cerenia is not recommended for animals that are allergic to Maropitant Citrate, and the safe use of Cerenia has not been evaluated in dogs that are used for breeding, pregnant or lactating. Use caution when giving Cerenia to pets with seizures, epilepsy, or kidney disease.

Human Precautions

Not for use in humans. Keep out of children’s reach and in case of accidental ingestion, seek medical advice. Please wash hands after handling.


Store at room temperature and do not remove tablet from blister pack until ready for use.  Keep out of children’s reach.

Drug Interactions

Consult your veterinarian when giving other medications or supplements with Cerenia.

Signs of Toxicity/Overdose

Overdose of Cerenia may cause:

  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased activity
  • Bloody stool
  • Loss of appetite

If you suspect or know your dog has had an overdose, it could be fatal so please contact your veterinarian, an emergency vet clinic, or the Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 213-6680 immediately.

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