Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Taurine

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Rachel Blake

Introduction

Name

  • Taurine.

Class of drug

  • Amino acid.

Description

Chemical name

  • 2-aminoethanesulfonic acid.

Molecular formula

  • C2H7NO3S. 

Molecular weight

  • 125.142 g/mol.

Physical properties

  • Soluble in water.

Storage requirements

  • As labeled, otherwise in cool, dry conditions.

Uses

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Indications

  • Used to prevent and treat dilated cardiomyopathy in cats and some breeds of dogs Heart: dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and central retinal degeneration in cats fed taurine-deficient diets.

Administration

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Pharmocokinetics

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Precautions

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Adverse Reactions

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Taurine, CID=1123, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/1123
  • Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, Plumb DC (2015) 8th edn, Stockholm, WI: PharmaVet Inc.
  • Based on Small Animal Formulary. Tennant, Bryn (1999) 3rd edn. Cheltenham: BSAVA.

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