Why has my veterinarian prescribed Amitriptyline Tablets?
Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. Your veterinarian has prescribed this medicine to treat separation anxiety in your dog or to treat your cat’s excessive grooming, urine spraying, or anxiety. In birds, Amitriptyline may be prescribed for behavior problems including feather picking. This medicine may also be used to prevent itching in dogs, treat neuropathic pain, or decrease the signs of urinary tract inflammation in cats.
How do I give Amitriptyline Tablets?
First, READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
Give Amitriptyline to your pet as directed by your veterinarian.
If Amitriptyline is prescribed as a liquid, measure the dose carefully.
Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
DO NOT give your pet more medicine than directed.
DO NOT give your pet medicine more often than prescribed.
DO NOT stop giving your pet Amitriptyline unless directed by your veterinarian. Plan ahead to ensure you have the refills you need.
Try not to miss giving any doses.
It may take several weeks before you notice the effects of this medicine.
If I miss a dose, what do I do?
If you miss a dose, give it to your pet as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, then continue with the regular dosing schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
How do I store Amitriptyline Tablets?
Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
Store this medicine at room temperature in a dry, cool place. Keep this medicine away from heat and direct sunlight.
Do not store this medicine in damp places, in the bathroom, or near the kitchen sink. This medication can break down when exposed to moisture or heat.
What are the potential side effects of Amitriptyline Tablets?
The most common side effects of Amitriptyline include drowsiness, dry mouth, urine retention, constipation, and an irregular heart rate.
Your pet may experience some excitement, disorientation, hyperactivity, and stomach upset. If these symptoms persist, contact your veterinarian.
Other symptoms that have been noted are seizures, tremors, and irregular heartbeat.
Notify your veterinarian if symptoms are troublesome and continue.
Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
What about possible drug interactions?
Be sure to tell your veterinarian about any other medications or supplements you are giving your pet.
It’s not uncommon for your veterinarian to prescribe two different medications, which may cause a drug interaction to occur. If this happens, your veterinarian may change the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
Amitriptyline may interact with: amitraz, selegiline, barbiturates, sedatives, epinephrine, norepinephrine, antithyroid drugs (medicine for an over active thyroid), and cimetidine.
Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
You can find a Client Information Sheet which provides a summary of information about Amitriptyline Tablets for Pets by following the link below:
If you have questions or concerns about Amitriptyline Tabletes, or conditions related to its use, contact your pet's veterinarian or pharmacist.
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