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Chlorpheniramine Maleate (Generic) Antihistamine Tablets for Dogs and Cats


Why has my veterinarian prescribed Chlorpheniramine Tablets?

Chlorpheniramine maleate is an antihistamine that helps relieve or prevent allergy symptoms. Your veterinarian may prescribe this medication to prevent itching in dogs and cats. Chlorpheniramine Maleate can also be helpful for managing cats that excessively groom themselves.


How do I give Chlorpheniramine Tablets?


  • Administer Chlorpheniramine Maleate as directed by your veterinarian.
  • This medicine may be given with food.
  • If you have Chlorpheniramine Maleate in liquid form, measure each dose carefully.
  • Try to give this medication at the same time(s) each day.
  • DO NOT give your pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give your pet medicine more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.



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 Chlorpheniramine 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 Chlorpheniramine Tablets?

The most common side effect of this medication is drowsiness, which may decrease with time.


Your pet may experience stomach upset including diarrhea, vomiting, and lack of appetite. If these symptoms continue, contact your veterinarian.


Your pet may experience dry mouth and retain its urine for longer than usual. Contact your veterinarian if these effects are troublesome and ongoing.


Cats may become agitated or excited while taking Chlorpheniramine Maleate.


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 you are giving to 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.


The following drugs may interact with Chlorpheniramine Maleate: phenytoin, heparin, warfarin, and other CNS depressants.


Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.