ACP Injection 2 mg/ml
Contra-indications, warnings, etc
Take adequate precautions to maintain sterility. Acepromazine is hypotensive. Particular care should therefore be taken in hypovolaemic animals; rehydration should precede acepromazine administration.
In some dogs, particularly Boxers and other short-nosed breeds, spontaneous fainting or syncope may occur, due to sinoatrial block caused by excessive vagal tone. An attack may be precipitated by an injection of acepromazine so a low dose should be used. Where there is a history of this type of syncope, or if it is suspected because of excessive sinus arrhythmia, it may be advantageous to control the dysrhythmia with atropine given just before the acepromazine. Cardiac dysrhythmia may follow rapid intravenous injection.
It has been noted that large breeds of dog are particularly sensitive to acepromazine and the minimum dose possible should be used in these breeds.
Slow intravenous injection of norepinephrine (noradrenaline) should be used whenever a hypertensive agent is required to reverse any fall in blood pressure.
Epinephrine (adrenaline) is contra-indicated in the treatment of acute hypotension produced by over-dosage of acepromazine maleate, since further depression of systemic blood pressure can result. Other pressoramines such as norepinephrine or neosynephrine should be administered to reverse hypotensive effects. However, the reversing effect of norepinephrine is likely to be transient and repeated doses will normally be required.
Not for use in pregnant animals.
For animal treatment only.
Care should be taken when handling and administering this product to avoid exposure.
Take precautions to avoid accidental injection of self-administration of this potent drug. In case of accidental self-injection, seek medical advice immediately and show the package leaflet or the label to the physician. Symptomatic treatment may be required.
Avoid contact with eyes. If accidental eye contact occurs, flush gently with fresh running water for 15 minutes and seek medical advice if any irritation persists.
In the event of accidental skin contact, wash the contaminated area with large amounts of soap and water. Medical advice should be sought if irritation persists.
Wash hands and exposed skin thoroughly after use.
Special warnings for each target species
Subcutaneous injection is non-irritant and efficacious, especially in cats.