Compounded Buprenorphine (Buprenex, Simadol) For Dogs and Cats
Buprenorphine is an opiate medication used to treat a variety of different aliments in many species. In humans, dogs and cats, it may be used for short term pain relief. When given to cats, squirting the medication into the cheek pouch or under the tongue is most effective. This medication should help with in 1 to 2 hours of receiving the dosage. Clinical signs should improve after 1-2 hours and continue to improve as time goes on. Buprenorphine is a controlled substance and does require a prescription from your veterinarian or doctor in order to be dispense. You and your veterinarian/physician should discuss if this is the best treatment option.
Buprenorphine is taken orally, given by transdermal route, or given by injection and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits your pet. We compound this medication into suspension and transdermal creams. This medication can be given on an empty stomach or with food. It is important that the suspension is measured out precisely to the exact prescribed dosing and is only given as directed by the veterinarian. When given to cats, squirting the medication into the cheek pouch or under the tongue is most effective. It is important not to miss any doses of this medication or it may not be effective. If you miss a dose do not double up on the medication. Wait until the next dose is due and follow the normal dosing schedule as directed.
Common side effects include sleepiness, lack of energy, weakness, and vomiting. If your animal experiences trouble breathing, please call your veterinarian immediately as these symptoms may indicate a serious reaction. Overdoses of this medication can be serious. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or poison control.