Cerenia is a medication that stops nausea and vomiting in pets. In 2007, Cerenia was approved by the FDA specifically for dogs who were vomiting or were going to experience motion sickness. It was the first and only antiemetic (stops vomiting) drug approved for veterinary patients, meaning that the medications used before were approved for human use or other conditions besides vomiting in pets. 

In 2012, Cerenia was approved by the FDA in cats as well as dogs. In 2016, the FDA approved the injectable Cerenia for not only subcutaneous (under the skin) use, but also intravenous (into the vein or bloodstream). Cerenia can be given to cats who are 16 weeks and older to treat nausea and vomiting.  This medication is widely available throughout the United States and the world. It is commonly stocked both in the injectable and tablet forms at general practices, as well as with specialists. Currently there are no generic options for this medication.


Maropitant citrate (brand name: Cerenia®) is an antiemetic used to treat vomiting and motion sickness in dogs and cats. It also may act as a mild pain control medication. Use of the tablets in cats to treat nausea and vomiting is ‘off label’ or ‘extra label’. Many drugs are commonly prescribed for off label use in veterinary medicine. In these instances, follow your veterinarian’s directions and cautions very carefully as their directions may be significantly different from those on the label.

Uses/benefits of Cerenia For Cats

Cerenia is used to treat vomiting in dogs and cats (solution for injection) or to prevent vomiting in dogs (tablets), in combination with other supportive measures. In dogs the tablets can be used to prevent vomiting due to motion sickness. In cats the solution for injection is used to prevent vomiting and to reduce nausea, but is not suitable for motion (travel) sickness. Cerenia solution for injection is used in dogs both to prevent nausea and vomiting before and after an operation and to improve recovery from general anaesthesia after use of morphine. Cerenia is used to prevent (tablets and solution for injection) and treat (solution for injecton) nausea caused by chemotherapy in dogs.

Cerenia solution for injection is given to dogs and cats once daily under the skin or into a vein (1 mg per kg bodyweight) for up to five days. Cerenia tablets are given to dogs at a dose of 2 mg maropitant per kg bodyweight once daily to prevent or treat vomiting for up to 14 days. Cerenia tablets are given to dogs at a dose of 8 mg maropitant per kg bodyweight once daily to prevent vomiting due to motion sickness for a maximum of two consecutive days.

Side effect of Cerenia For Cats

Pet owners need to understand the most common side effects of Cerenia. The way medications like Cerenia work are important to know, as the prevention of acute vomiting can be a tricky process to master. Cerenia is FDA approved, which is a good start. However, being FDA approved is not enough.


Product details
Agency product numberEMEA/V/C/000106
Active substancemaropitant citrate
International non-proprietary name (INN) or common namemaropitant
Anatomical therapeutic chemical veterinary (ATCvet) codesQA04AD90

Prices of Cerenia For Cats

$12.99 – $72.99

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