Pet Medication 101: TagametIt’s important to understand a medication’s uses and side effects before giving it to your pet. This medication info sheet is meant to give you a good understanding of what Tagamet (cimetidine) is used for, how it works, and potential side effects in cats and dogs. Always consult a veterinarian before giving your pet any medication. Are you concerned about your pet?Book a video consultation with an experienced veterinarian within minutes.Professional vet advice onlineLow-cost video vet consultationsOpen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Book Video Consultation 1. Drug Name:cimetidine2. Brand Names:Tagamet, Good Sense Heartburn Relief3. How Dispensed:Over the counter and prescription4. Forms:200mg, 300mg, 400mg, and 800mg tablets; 300mg/5mL liquid; 150mg/mL injectable solution5. Drug Type/Class:Histamine-2 blocker6. Uses in Dogs and Cats:Stomach ulcers, intestinal ulcers, stomach inflammation and erosion due to kidney disease, stress-related gastritis, drug-induced gastritis, acid reflux, esophageal inflammation, inflammatory bowel disease, and parvovirus7. How it Works:Cimetidine decreases the amount of acid that is produced in the stomach by inhibiting the histamine-2 receptor. Decreasing the amount of acid in the stomach produces a more favorable environment to rest and heal.8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:Confusion, headaches, exacerbation of heart arrhythmias, drooling in cats, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, collapse9. Drug Interactions:AlprazolamBeta-blockersCalcium channel blockersCefpodoximeChloramphenicolCisaprideClopidogrelCyclosporineDiazepamLoratadineMetronidazoleMirtazapineSildenafilTheophyllineTricyclic antidepressants10. Cautionary Statements:Never give your pet Tagamet without the approval of your veterinarian.Use with caution in pets with kidney disease, liver disease, and heart rhythm abnormalities.Use with caution in geriatric patients.Safety has not been established for pregnant or lactating animals.Can alter skin testing for allergen-specific immunotherapy. Read more:Medication Info Sheet: ZantacMedication Info Sheet: ImodiumMedication Info Sheet: DramamineNeed to speak with a veterinarian regarding your pet’s medication or another condition?Click here to schedule a video consult to speak to one of our vets. You can also download the FirstVet app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Stores.