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Product Description

Cerenia (maropitant citrate) tablets are a prescription medication used to prevent acute vomiting and the prevention of vomiting due to motion sickness in dogs.

What is Cerenia Tablets?

Cerenia is prescribed to dogs for prevention of acute vomiting or vomiting caused by motion sickness. It is the only FDA-approved treatment for vomiting in dogs.

Who is Cerenia Tablets for?

For dogs ages 16 weeks and up.

Why use Cerenia Tablets?

Features of Cerenia:
  • Treats acute vomiting
  • Treats motion sickness
  • Non-sedative

How does Cerenia Tablets work?

  • Is an antiemetic containing maropitant citrate
  • Prevents acute vomiting by blocking substance P, which is a vomit-triggering compound



Active ingredient(s):

Maropitant citrate

How is Cerenia Tablets sold?

Cerenia is sold in strengths of 16 mg, 24 mg, 60 mg, and 160 mg. Each blister pack contains 4 tablets.

What are the side effects of Cerenia Tablets?

The following side effects have been infrequently reported:
  • Lethargy
  • Drooling
  • Decreased appetite
  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
If your dog exhibits any of these reactions, contact your veterinarian.

What special precautions are there?

Cerenia should not be administered to dogs under 16 weeks old or those with hypersensitivity (allergy) to maropitant citrate. Cerenia should be administered with caution to dogs with a history of liver problems.

What to do if overdose?

Contact your nearest emergency vet in case of overdose.

How can I store Cerenia Tablets?

Cerenia Tablets should be stored at room temperature 68°-77°F (20°-25°C) with trips allowed between 59°-86°F (15°-30°C ).

Helpful Tips:

Cerenia should be administered with a small amount of food (but not a full meal) two hours prior to travel. Do not use fatty foods, such as meats or cheeses, to wrap the tablets. This could prevent them from dissolving, delaying Cerenia's effect.

Pharmacists are standing by to offer Pet Parent counseling regarding prescription medication purchased from Allivet before and after dispensing. Pharmacists on duty are available Monday-Friday, 9:30AM - 5:30PM EST and will be on call Saturday 12:00PM - 4:00PM EST for consultation.


For motion sickness, this medication can be given once a day for up to two days in a row and 2 hours prior to travel. Dogs should not be fed 1 hour prior to giving Cerenia. 

Administer Cerenia orally once daily for up to 5 straight days at a minimum dose of 2 mg/kg (0.9 mg/lb) body weight.

Main Ingredients

The active ingredient of Cerenia, maropitant citrate, comes in strengths of 16, 24, 60, and 160 mg.

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