Robenacoxib tablets are a prescription non-narcotic, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Robenacoxib tablets are for the control of post-operative pain and inflammation associated with orthopedic surgery (declaw), ovariohysterectomy (spay) and castration (neuter) in cats greater than or equal to 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) and greater than or equal to 6 months of age. They may be given for a maximum of 3 days only. Your cat received the first dose of Robenacoxib tablets in the hospital prior to surgery. Your cat may be given Robenacoxib tablets once every 24 hours, for two additional doses (a maximum of 3 doses). Follow the instructions given to you by your veterinarian. Robenacoxib tablets are available as unscored 6 mg tablets.
What is this drug?
• Robenacoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug of the coxib class
• Unscored 6 mg tablets (should not be broken)
• Given by mouth
Reasons for prescribing:
• Used to control of postoperative pain and inflammation associated with orthopedic surgery (declaw), ovariohysterectomy (spay) and castration (neuter) in cats greater than or equal to 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) and greater than or equal to 6 months of age;
What cats should not take this medication?
• Has had an allergic reaction to robenacoxib, the active ingredient
• Has had an allergic reaction (such as hives, facial swelling, or red or itchy skin) to aspirin or other NSAIDs
• Is less than 5.5 lbs or less than 6 months of age
• Has a loss of appetite/decreased appetite
• Has bloody stool or vomit
• Is presently taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or corticosteroids
• Has a pre-existing kidney or liver condition
• Has any condition predisposing to dehydration
• Safe use in pregnant or nursing animals has not been established.
This summary contains important information about Robenacoxib tablets but does not take the place of instructions from your veterinarian; read and follow the prescription label carefully.
Talk to your veterinarian if you do not understand any of this information or if you want to know more about Robenacoxib tablets for cats.
Robenacoxib tablets should be given according to your veterinarian‘s instructions. Your veterinarian will tell you what amount of Robenacoxib tablets is right for your cat. Robenacoxib tablets should only be given once a day and for no longer than 3 days.
Do not break tablets and give only by mouth.
Robenacoxib tablets is best used on an empty stomach or with only small amounts of food in the stomach.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.
Consult your veterinarian if your cat appears to be uncomfortable.
What if a dose is missed?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
What to tell/ask a veterinarian before giving this medication?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
• The surgery procedure performed on your cat
• What tests were done before surgery and prior to administering
• The signs of postoperative pain or inflammation that may occur following surgery
• Normal events that can be expected after your cat undergoes surgery
• How often your cat may need to be examined by your veterinarian
• The risks and benefits of using Robenacoxib tablets
Tell your veterinarian about:
• Any side effects your cat has previously experienced from Robenacoxib tablets or other NSAIDs
• Any digestive upset (vomiting or diarrhea) your cat has had
• Any cardiovascular, kidney or liver disease your cat has had
• Any other medical problems or allergies that your cat has now or has had in the past
• All medications that you are giving your cat or plan to give your cat, including those you can get without prescription and any dietary supplements
• If you plan to breed your cat, or if your cat is pregnant or nursing
Storage and Warnings:
Robenacoxib tablets should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
People should not take Robenacoxib tablets. Keep Robenacoxib tablets and all medication out of reach of children. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take Robenacoxib tablets.
Potential side effects:
• May cause some side effects in individual cats. These are normally mild, but serious side effects have been reported in cats taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Serious side effects can result in death. It is important to stop the medication and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your cat may have a medical problem or side effect while on Robenacoxib tablets. If you have additional questions about possible side effects, talk with your veterinarian or call Novartis Animal Health at 1-800-332-2761.
• Control of post-operative pain and inflammation may vary from cat to cat
• Look for the possible following side effects that may indicate that your cat is having a problem: ? Decrease in appetite
? Change in bowel movements such as diarrhea or change in stool color
? Change in drinking or urination
? Change in behavior, such as depression or restlessness
• If any of the above signs are noticed in your cat, stop administering Robenacoxib tablets and call your veterinarian.
Can this drug be given with other drugs?
• Robenacoxib tablets should not be given with other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs - i.e. aspirin, meloxicam) or corticosteroids (i.e. prednisone) or drugs potentially harmful to the kidneys.
• ACE inhibitors (i.e. enalapril) may not be as effective when using Robenacoxib.
• Using Robenacoxib and fluconazole may result in higher blood levels of Robenacoxib.
• Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
• If your cat experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat receives more than the prescribed amount.
What else should I know?
Notify your veterinarian if your cat’s appears to be uncomfortable.
As with all prescribed medication, Robenacoxib tablets should only be given to the cat for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed, at the prescribed dose, as directed by your veterinarian.
This is just a summary of information about Robenacoxib tablets. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was prescribed, please contact your veterinarian.