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Acepromazine Maleate Tablet

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Product Info

Acepromazine Maleate Tablets, offered by VEDCO Companies Inc. is a tranquilizer with characteristics of a muscle relaxer and sedater.

What the product cures

Acepromazine, used in both cats and dogs, formulated as a tranquilizer, relieving cases of motion sickness as well as fearful or anxiety prone pets. Acepromazine’s anti-nasal formulation is perfect for traveling pets, trips to the groomers or veterinarian.  

Pet Symptoms

Fear, Anxiety, and phobias; these are all words pet owners become so familiar with. Fear is an instinctive response of the autonomic nervous system. Weather that responses is due to noise, an action, or event; fear embeds itself into the fight or flight defense of the brain. In the wild, mammals use this fight or flight response to survive against predators but in pets, fear has been found inappropriate. A pet in a fearful state will display symptoms such as; withdrawal from the handler, a tucked tail, trembling, hiding, or running away. Once a pet has adopted this fearful stature the reaction can turn into an excessive stimulus known as a phobia. A pet which has developed a phobia will react due to a memory stimulus such as noise or events similar to the phobia. A pet with a phobia will display symptoms such as inability to control bowel or urinary movements. Anxiety is related to fear as it is defined as the anticipation of a fearful event. The most common form of anxiety in our pets is separation anxiety. A pet which has anxiety will excessively cry or bark, display excessive licking or biting, and may even become destructive of his surroundings.  

The majority of fearful cases are found in dogs and cats at their development stage. Pets in the early ages of life, ranging from 11-36 months, learn fear and are almost never able to overcome it. Older cats and dogs have also been known to develop fear associated anxiety, for reasons unknown to veterinarians. 


Pet Ailments

A healthy pet begins with the handler. The care and attention given to the pet will determine whether a pet remains healthy or not. Common pet ailments related to fear, anxiety, or phobias include secondary nervousness, aggression, and obsessive chewing or licking. These aliments require precise care of the pet handler.

Pets with Ailments

aggression.                                    Lick granuloma caused by nervous licking.       


Relative info on breed most associated with this ailment

Fear, anxiety, and phobias causing secondary ailments is cats or dogs are due to genetic influence. Idiopathic fears (fears which occur for an unknown reason) are commonly found in canine breeds such as; Poodles, Border Collies, Great Pyrenees, Bernese Mountain dog, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, German Shorthaired Pointer, and Siberian Husky. Feline breeds are non-specific to this aliment.


1.What does the Acepromazine Maleate tablet look like?

  1. The pills are small and white in color. Acepromazine Maleate is also available in an injectable and liquid formation.

2. As a pet handler, what can I do if an adverse reaction occurs in my pet from the product?

  1. Possible adverse reactions from this product include allergic reactions resulting in hives, swelling of the face, tongue, or lips, and difficult breathing. Stop administering Acepromazine Maleate at this point and contact a veterinary emergency center immediately.

3. Is it possible to use this product recreationally?

a. Acepromazine Maleate should only be used as directed by your veterinarian. This product should only be used before a stressful situation such as grooming, vet check-up, thunder storm, or travel. Limitations will be set on this product prescription to avoid abuse.

4. How long does the effects of Acepromazine Maleate last?

  1. Lasting effects of this product lays dependant on the weight of the animal, the dosage, and the milligram content. In most cases, pets will remain in a state of sedation for 7-8 hours.

5. How should I handle my pet under the sedation affects of Acepromazine Maleate?

  1. Once the sedation effects of Acepromazine Maleate have taken place pet owners should handle the pet with care. Pet owners should note injury may occur to patients which have lost control of motor skills. Allow the pet to lie comfortably on a cushioned area or upon handler hold.

6. What would happen if a human ingests Acepromazine Maleate?

a. Acepromazine Maleate is a sedative and will cause similar affects in human consumption. Though this medication was once used in humans, Acepromazine Maleate prescribed for pets are weight oriented, therefore sedation affects may last for long time duration. Ingestion may also cause low blood pressure or even induce a coma.

7. Aside from sedation, what other affect will this product have on my pet that I should be aware of?

a. Acepromazine Maleate tablets are known to turn the color of urine from opaque to a pinkish color. This side effect is normal and does not require veterinary consult.

8. Which secondary medications should I avoid giving to my pet while taking Acepromazine Maleate tablets?

a. Avoid administering your pet epinephrine or central nervous depressants such as Phenobarbital. Talk to you veterinarian if your pet has been given anti-arrhythmic medications or beta-blockers. Other medications use to suppress diarrhea or stomach acids will reduce the effectiveness of this product and should be avoided.

9. What would happen to my pet if he/she was overdosed?

a. A pet which has been overdosed may go into a seizure state, become unconscious, or develop unsteady movements. The pet’s blood pressure my decrease, heart and respiratory rates will increase and your pet will become drowsy. If you suspect an overdose in your pet contact an emergency veterinary medical center immediately.

10. Will my pet’s health problems limit the use of this product?

  1. Acepromazine Maleate tablets should not be taken if your pet suffers from seizure episodes, has a heart condition, or history of liver disease.

Product Cautions

FDA restricts this product from being used by anyone other than a licensed veterinarian.

The product must not be accessible to children.

This product is meant to be used for dogs but is off labeled for use in cats.

Product label content should be read thoroughly as patients taking additional prescription medications are at risk of counter reactions.

Animals: The product is not recommended for use in herding dog breeds as studies have proven fatal responses to Acepromazine Maleate Tablets. Acepromazine should not be administered to pregnant or nursing females, those with liver disease, or low blood pressure.

Humans: The FDA restricts this product from being used by anyone other than a licensed veterinarian. Sedation or other adverse reactions may occur in humans if contents are swallowed.

Environmental Hazards:

Acepromazine Maleate Tablets should only be administered by a licensed professional in a controlled environment. No environmental hazards have been reported in reference to this drug.



If Swallowed: Contact a poison control center immediately as emergency care may be needed. Do not encourage personnel to vomit substance unless directed by poison control center representative. If the affected individual becomes unconscious, locate the nearest emergency medical center immediately.

Storage & Disposal

Storage: Tablets should be stored in an air tight container, away from light and moisture. Do not store medication among food or drink. The contents should not be transferred to other containers.

Disposal: Empty containers should be disposed of as directed and never re-used. Recycling or garbage disposal is viable as directed upon product label. Consult a medical waste agency for directions to depose of remaining drug and container. Contact 1-800-CLEANUP for additional information.

Brand vs. generic comparison: The brand name of Acepromazine Maleate tablets is Aceprotab. Aceprotab is slightly lower in cost than its name brand with the same effects. Aceprotabs are fast acting, lacking in hypnotic effects. No adverse reactions have been noted after administration, even when administered more than the recommended dose. Aceprotabs/ Acepromazine Maleate tablets are the favored choice of most pet handlers for fast, safe, and easy sedation.


How it Works:

Acepromazine Maleate tablets work by targeting the central nervous system, blocking the nerve receptors in the brain. This product gives the effects of a tranquilizer and prevents post-surgery vomiting.

Directions for use

The Federal Drug Administration prohibits this product from being used in any other way than directed upon the label. If you do not understand the directed label entirely, ask your veterinarian or pharmacist to further explain directions.

Dosage and administration: Tablets are available in 10mg and 25 mg tablets. Cats/Canines: 0.25-1.0 mg/lbs of body weight. Repeat dosage as recommended by a veterinarian.

Dogs and cats:

  • Acepromazine should be administered 45 minutes to an hour before relaxation is desired.
  • Acepromazine is administered by mouth.
  • Open the pet’s mouth by placed thumb and index finger at the hinges of the jaw, gently squeeze.
  • Place the pill into the pet’s mouth past the tongue, hold the mouth closed to ensure swallow.




Here’s the composition of the product:




100 TABLETS (10 mg)



500 TABLETS (10 mg)



100 TABLETS (25 mg)



500 TABLETS (25 mg)




Pets do not enjoy taking pills therefore administration attempts may take practice. This product maybe given within a food or pill pocket to ease the administration of said pill. Pet must take full tablet for full effect. Partially swallowed, spit up, or chewed up pills should be noted.

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