Compounded Pimobendan (Vetmedin, Heartmedin, Acardi)
Pimobendan is a medication used in animals to treat heart failure that is caused by muscle weakness or myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). This medication can help improve the hearts function by increasing blood flow and by making the heart pump harder. It is important to remember that even though the medication takes effect within as little as 1-2 hours after being given, the true benefits of the medication to your animals health cannot be seen outwardly. Your veterinarian will require routine tests in order to monitor the level of Pimobendan’s effectiveness. Pimobendan does require a prescription from your veterinarian in order to be dispensed. You and your veterinarian should discuss if this is the best option for your pet.
Pimobendan is given orally and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits your pet. We compound this medication into suspensions, capsules, dissolvable tablets, and chewable treats. This medication is best given on an empty stomach and should be given as instructed on your prescription. 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 GI effects such as poor appetite or diarrhea. Your pet may also experience a lack of energy or weakness. If your animal experiences collapsing/fainting, bleeding, bruising, bloating, trouble breathing or wheezing, yellowness of the eyes or gums, or skin rash/redness please call your veterinarian immediately as these symptoms may indicate a serious reaction. Overdoses of this medication can be serious and often causes an increase in heart rate. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or poison control.