Acepromazine injection is a a potent neuroleptic agent with a low order of toxicity, is of particular value in the tranquilization of dogs, cats and horses. Its rapid action and lack of hypnotic effect are added advantages.
Each Acepromazine injection mL contains:
- acepromazine maleate 10 mg
- sodium citrate 0.36%
- citric acid 0.075%
- benzylalcohol 1%
- water for injection.
Indications for use
Cats and dogs:
- Acepromazine injection can be used as an aid in controlling intractable animals during examination, treatment, grooming, x-ray and minor surgical procedures; to alleviate itching as a result of skin irritation; as an antiemetic to control vomiting associated with motion sickness
- Acepromazine injection can be used as an aid in controlling fractious animals during examination, treatment, loading and transportation. Particularly useful when used in conjunction with local anesthesia for firing, castration, neurectomy, removal of skin tumors, ocular surgery and applying casts.
Administration and dosage
- The Acepromazine injection dosage should be individualized, depending upon the degree of tranquilization required.
- As a general rule, the dosage requirement in mg/lb of body weight decreases as the weight of the animal increases.
- Acepromazine injection may be given intravenously, intramuscularly or subcutaneously.
- The following schedule may be used as a guide to IV, IM or SC injections:
- Dogs: 0.25–0.5 mg/lb of body weight
- Cats: 0.5–1 mg/lb of body weight
- Horses: 2–4 mg/100 lb of body weight
- IV doses should be administered slowly, and a period of at least 15 minutes should be allowed for the drug to take full effect.