Originally Posted by Pat & Alix
I don't know why the Metacam was prescribed (sorry, I'm not good at keeping up with all the various threads), but I would truly be remiss if I didn't share that per this fda note:http://www.fda.gov/cvm/Documents/N141219pi.pdf
this medication is only approved for a **single** sub-q use.
Too many kitties on my crf list are there thanks to Metacam..yes that is anecdotacl, but here is another link, especially read the contraindications and the conclusion: http://www.fda.gov/cvm/FOI/141-219s102804.pdf
I second the suggestion re asking for an appetite stimulant such as cyproheptadine.
Raven has an inoperable and untreatable Fibrosarcoma tumor on his spine. It's the size of a golfball now.
It's at least doubled in size since the vet looked at it in April/May for his biopsy and other appointments relating to it. His appetite was down and I'm pretty sure it's pain related. The Metacam was just prescribed Wednesday and started his first dose this morning. So the lack of appetite was here before the medication. He is in chronic pain from cancer.
I am honestly not very optimistic about his time left on this earth with us due to the growth of this tumor. The vet gave us a week's worth of Metacam to see if it works. There are 2 specific side effects we are supposed to watch for. If either happens immediately discontinue and call the vet's office.
If this doesn't work, the next to try is prednisone, and i can't remember the last one's name. Anyway, we started with the least side-effects drug.
Given the speed of growth of the tumor and location, the vet (and us) is more concerned with pain control/management than the long term problems caused by the drug.
The most positive time frames I have found for this type of cancer was 18 months, and that was with a cat that had a tumor removal surgery. The cancer came back and the kitty only lived 18 months after surgery.
He ate some canned friskies this evening (he liked Stimpy's friskies better than the FF I bought for him). And I let him have as much Gourmet Gold kibble as he wanted (I keep it in a treat jar). Now he's napping. I also gave him some Nutrical that I picked up.
ETA: the metacam she gave us is an oral dosage.