What is ProZinc Insulin for Cats? ProZinc is a protamine zinc insulin. It FDA approved for use in diabetic cats. Protamine zinc insulin formulations have a typical duration of effect in the cat of 10-14 hours which helps keep your cat’s blood glucose level consistent throughout the day.
Formulated for: Cats.
How is this medication given? The dose and frequency of administration is individual depending on your cat’s needs so always follow your veterinarian’s precise directions. The initial recommended dose is 0.1 - 0.3 IU insulin/pound of body weight (0.2-0.7 IU/kg) every 12 hours. Gently roll each vial with the palm of your hands before giving each dose. Do not start giving ProZinc to your cat until you are properly trained to do so by your veterinarian. ProZinc injections are given subcutaneously (under the skin). Give ProZinc injections with a U-40 syringe(sold separately) or dosing will be inaccurate. It is best to give each injection of ProZinc at feeding time or just afterward. It is also best to give the injections at the same time every day because it will help your cat maintain the most stable blood glucose levels.
How does this medication work? ProZinc supplements diabetic cats with the insulin that is necessary to control hyperglycemia(high blood sugar). Protamine and zinc help to maintain results for up to 14 hours. This helps your cat to maintain a consistent blood glucose level throughout the day. ProZinc contains recombinant DNA which mimics human insulin and helps to control your cat’s diabetic symptoms.
What results can I expect? ProZinc does not cure diabetes. It will, however, help to control the symptoms or signs associated with this disease which should help your cat to feel better. Adequate control of your cat’s diabetes can be achieved with a combination of insulin injections, diet, and in some cases, weight loss. A small percentage of diabetic cats may no longer require insulin injections after some treatment but this is rare.
What Form(s) does ProZinc Insulin for Cats come in? ProZinc is an injectable liquid solution. It is available in 40 units per mL concentration. Each vial contains 10ml.
Generic Name: Protamine zinc recombinant human insulin
Common Brand Name: ProZinc (Boehringer Ingelheim)
Dose and Administration: Insulin dosing varies depending on your cat’s specific needs so always follow your veterinarian’s instructions carefully. The manufacturer’s initial recommended dose is 0.1 - 0.3 IU insulin/pound of body weight (0.2-0.7 IU/kg) every 12 hours. ProZinc Insulin for Cats is an injectable medication that is given under the skin(subcutaneously). Do not start ProZinc injections until you have been trained to do so correctly by a veterinary professional. Mix each vial by rolling it gently between the palms of your hands before each use. Use only U-40 syringes(sold separately) or dosing will be inaccurate. Use a new syringe each time you give your cat an injection. ProZinc should be given at feeding time or just afterward unless your veterinarian tells you otherwise. Try to give the injections at the same time every day and feed your cat at the same time every day in order to achieve optimal results.
Uses: ProZinc is a protamine zinc insulin that is indicated for the reduction of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hyperglycemia-associated clinical signs in cats with diabetes mellitus. It is FDA approved for use in diabetic cats.
Only insulin FDA approved for cats.
Helps control cat’s diabetes and associated symptoms.
Contains protamine and zinc which allows for a long-lasting effect(10-14 hours) which results in a stable blood glucose(sugar) level.
Can be given by injection at home the supervision of a veterinarian.
Possible Side Effects: The most common side effect associated with ProZinc and other insulin is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Some symptoms of low blood sugar include weakness, depression, lethargy, behavioral changes, muscle twitching, seizures, coma, and death. Rarely, allergic reactions to insulin can occur. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, and hives. Other side effects are possible. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is acting unusual in any way after receiving ProZinc.
Drug and Food Interactions: Tell your veterinarian about any medications, vitamins, or supplements your cat is taking prior to starting your cat on ProZinc. Do not give other types of insulin while your cat is taking ProZinc. Do not switch the type of insulin your cat is receiving while he/she is on ProZinc unless instructed to do so by your veterinarian. ProZinc can be given with many other medications although the dose may need to be adjusted as necessary. If you are unsure about how ProZInc will interact with your cat’s other medications, consult your veterinarian.
Precautions: Do not use ProZinc in humans or animals other than cats. Do not give a dose of ProZinc if your cat is experiencing an episode of hypoglycemia(low blood sugar). Call your veterinarian for further instructions if you are noticing this. Routine monitoring of your cat’s diabetes is essential in managing his/her disease. Follow your veterinarian’s directions regarding the frequency of blood and urine monitoring with your veterinarian and at home.
Storage: Store ProZinc upright. Keep refrigerated at 36-46oF(2-8oC). Store this medication away from direct light.
A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase ProZinc Insulin for Cats.
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