I have a few questions on Tramadol - Which is apparently used for Cats sometimes (I didn't know this)
My first question is regarding taste.
So we finally found a good medication for Smokie - Tramadol. But since it doesn't actually come in "liquid" form, I had to have it compounded. The vet says they used cream, but it's a very bitter medicine when powdered and mixed in liquid.
My question is, what could I mix it in to make it more palatable for Smokie? I tasted a teeny drop and it is extremely BITTER. Thought about chicken stock or something. - When he had the Clavamox he LOVED it. He also LOVED the Meloxicam suspension.
The second question is on dosage
I take Tramadol myself (grant it, a much higher dose.. and tablet form)
The site I found says Tramadol is based on 1.8 MG per lb per day- Smokie is 15 pounds, so my calculation of his dosage is this-
(w x 1.8) = x MG = TOTAL DAILY MAX DOSAGE
(15 x 1.8) = 27 MG so 27 MG is his total daily dosage.
His Prescribed Dosage is: 1 ML PO BID (1 ML by Mouth Twice Daily)
Since it was a specially compounded formula (They had to take the 50 MG tablets and crush them, then mix in liquid creamer- they said it doesn't come in liquid form at all), there are no offical instructions anywhere that I can find. I also know they said there is 10 MG per ML so that would mean they are only prescribing him 20 MG a day which is 7 below the max. I wonder if this is going to be enough to keep him comfortable? I also wonder if it is too high? I have only been giving him 1/2 ML twice a day to be on the safe side, I realize this means he is only getting 10 MG Daily- and I am unsure if it will help him.
Final Question is on side effects
I take Tramadol and it makes me sleepy and nauseus, when I give it to him he chokes a little bit and also drifts in and out of sleep- He seems to not be in much pain, but if he is sleeping and drugged all the time I wonder if I am giving him too much.