Mirataz (mirtazapine transdermal ointment) for Cats, 5-g tube

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Description

Weight loss in cats may be an indicator of something more serious. Changes in your cat's appetite, and accompanying weight loss, can be early indicators or underlying diseases such as thyroid, kidney and inflammatory bowel disease. Mirataz (mirtazapine transdermal ointment) is the first and only FDA-approved transdermal medication for the management of weight loss in cats, and can help your cat gain weight. Miratz is a transdermal ointment applied to the inside of your cat's ear. See your veterinarian if you notice symptoms of weight or appetite loss.

Uses

Mirataz (mirtazapine transdermal ointment) is the first and only FDA-approved transdermal medication for the management of weight loss in cats.

Possible Side Effects

The most common adverse reactions included application site reactions, behavioral abnormalities (vocalization and hyperactivity), and vomiting.

Drug & Food Interactions

Mirataz is contraindicated in cats with a known hypersensitivity to mirtazapine of to any of the excipients. Mirataz should not be given in combination or within 14 days before of after treatment with a monoamineoxidase inhibitor (MAOI) [e.g. selegiline hydrochloride(L-deprenyl), amitraz], as there may be an increased risk of serotonin syndrome

Precautions

Do not administer orally or to the eye. Use with caution in cats with hepatic disease. Miratazapine may cause elevated liver enzymes. Use with caution in cats with kidney disease. Kidney diseasemay cause reduced clearance of mirtazapine which may result in higher drug exposure. Upon discontinuation of Mirataz, it is important to montior the cat's food intake. Food intake may lessen after discontinuation of mirtazapine transdermal ointment. If food intake diminishes dramatically (>75%) for several days or if the cat stops eating for more than 48 hours, reevaluate the cat. Mirataz has not been evaluated in cats <2kg or less than 6 months of age. The safe use of MIrataz has not been evaluated in cats that are intended for breeding, pregnant, or lactating cats.

  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Item Number
    179602
  • Generic Name
    Miratazapine
  • Common Brand Name(s)
    Mirataz, Remeron
  • For Use With
    Cats
  • Administration Form
    Otic
  • Product Form
    Ointment
  • Health Condition
    Unhealthy Weight
  • Drug Type
    Antiemetic, Hormone
Ingredients
Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Miratazapine 2% (w/w)

Instructions
Recommended Dosage

1.5 inch ribbon (~2mg/cat) for 14 days

Storage Instructions

Store below 77 F.

FAQ

Is Mirataz for cats that need to lose weight or gain weight?

Mirataz is classified pharmocologically as a weight gain drug. Mirataz is the first and only FDA-approved transdermal medication for the management of weight loss in cats. Mirataz is a practical way to help cats gain weight without administration of oral medications and does not rely on your cat to eat to be medicated.

How much Mirataz is in a tube?

One tube will provide enough Mirataz for the labeled 14 days of dosing. There is overage in each tube to maintain the integrity of the product as packaged. The overage allows for unanticipated loss. Gloves should be worn when handling Mirataz.

Why do I have to wear gloves?

Per the label, you should wear disposable gloves when handling or applying Mirataz to prevent accidental topical exposure to mirtazapine, the active ingredient in Mirataz. Transdermal medications are designed to deliver medication through the skin and into the bloodstream. After applying Mirataz you should dispose of any used gloves and wash your hands with soap and water. Care should also be taken that people or other animals in the household do not come in contact with the treated cat for 2 hours because mirtazapine can be absorbed transdermally (through the skin) and orally.

What time of day should I apply Mirataz?

Mirataz may be applied any time of the day. If you have questions about the use of Mirataz in your pet, please contact your veterinarian.

How long will my cat be on Mirataz?

Mirataz is labeled for use once daily for 14 days. Please speak to your veterinarian about any questions for your individual cat.

Can Mirataz be given with other medications?

Mirataz should not be given in combination or within 14 days before or after treatment with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). There are no other medications contraindicated for use with Mirataz. If your veterinarian has prescribed Mirataz for your cat and you have questions, your veterinarian is your best source of information since they are most familiar with your pet's health. Always tell your veterinarian of all medications your cat is receiving.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Way better than the old pill form

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    Both of our kitties have needed appetite stimulants over the years. We're now using the ointment Mirataz for Sneezy to just give her a little eating boost once a week as she ages. Just be sure to use a finger cot or glove to apply. Works well for our girl and piques her appetite for a good 5-7 days before we need to reapply. We have found every now and then we apply it and then notice she's still not eating a day or so later. When we check her ears we noticed the buildup from the ointment and residue is gone, so it's clear she's cleaned her ears after application. So make sure you check to ensure it's still there after the initial 2 hours.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Siamese is now eating

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    I would highly recommend this product if you little baby is not eating. My little Sophia had not eaten in a couple of days, took her to the vet and she wrote me a prescription for Mirataz and it worked. I am so happy my little baby is on the mend. She is back to eating more than ever, and she needed the extra weight anyway.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Best Appetite Stimulant I've tried

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    My cat has had kidney disease for several years and her appetite has gone way down. We tried oral liquid stimulants but they just started to make her sick. Mirataz is topical and rubs on the inside of the ear. So much easier!!! I do recommend you clean the animal's ears before each application and alternate ears because the medication will dry and start to buildup on the skin keeping fresh medication from properly reaching the intended area. Some of the dried medication will flake off and you may find it on your pet's commonly used surfaces like the couch. Other than the flaking and frequent ear cleaning this product definitely works as fast as the first application.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    The Beginning

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    I was recommended this for my Kitty Nashy who is 15,5yrs stage 2 renal failure - 6 weeks ago, but I confess the instructions put me off totally. Keep away from other cats for 2 hours and humans to. With 3 Bengals who are always together, pack animals totally, this was not going to be easy, and the fact regarding humans too. Hard not to touch a cat who is you constant companion for 2 hours. Anyhoo after more weight loss I relented, returned to the Vet who enforced this option . So day 2 so far he is eating more, that he has in a long time, a little vocal but male Bengals are even eating the KDRx food. No sure if i'm going to howl but who cares. Trying to keep the other out the way I was recommended this for my Kitty Nashy who is 15,5yrs stage 2 renal failure - 6 weeks ago, but I confess the instructions put me off totally. Keep away from other cats for 2 hours and humans to. With 3 Bengals who are always together, pack animals totally, this was not going to be easy, and the fact regarding humans too. Hard not to touch a cat who is you constant companion for 2 hours. Anyhoo after more weight loss I relented, returned to the Vet who enforced this option . So day 2 so far he is eating more, that he has in a long time, a little vocal but male Bengals are even eating the KDRx food. No sure if i'm going to howl but who cares. Trying to keep the other out the way for the allotted time. … more

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful with some irritation

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    This ointment works really well at stimulating appetite. She went from barely eating to asking for more and more food. She is impossible to give pill or liquid medications to so this ointment may help save my cat's life. You need a supply of disposable gloves to apply it. I would give it 5 stars but I think it irritates her ears. She's scratching a bit, so I am watching to be sure it's not excessive. Even so, balanced against a starving cat it's worth it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than pill

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    Prefer the transdermal gel to oral pill, which made our 18 yr old kitty boy very vocal. No vocalization with gel, assume because absorbed more gradually. I do have to clean his ears every week or so, because the gel leaves flaky patches as it dries, which eventually fall into his ears. Definitely helps maintain appetite.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Best meds for my kitty!

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    My 17 y.o. kitty has renal disease. We used to have a tough time giving him Mitarzapine tabs for appetite, Cerenia for nausea, etc. His Vet asked me to try Mirataz transdermal ointment. You just rub inside his ear once a day. Voila! No more struggling with tablets! Chewy pharmacy has it!!!

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Side Effects

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    My 16 yr. old male manx has lost the hair on his ears after 1 wk. He weighs 9 lbs. and gets .1 ml rubbed inside alternating ears. Eating has returned. Loud meowing and restlessness.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Appetite Stimulant

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    This medication is a transdermal application which is great as there is one less pill to put down a disgruntled cat..

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Good RX Price

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    My cat's vet prescribed this medication; the first time I filled it I got it from the Vet Hospital for a lot more than Chewy charged. There was a discount the day I ordered which helped, but it looks like the prices overall are better than at my vet.

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