Use Amitriptyline to assist in the management of your pet’s
anxiety disorders. <br><br><b>Amitriptyline is: </b>a tablet that is prescribed
by your veterinarian in order to manage some behavior problems in dogs and cats.
Separation anxiety in dogs, excessive-compulsive grooming behaviors, and urine
spraying in cats are examples of some behavior problems that may be helped with
this medication. <br><br><b>What
are the benefits?
</b><ul>1. Highly effective generic formulation; 2.
Can be useful in treating multiple anxiety disorders; 3. Can be helpful in
managing self-destructive behavior and itching when used in conjunction with
<br><br><b>What outcomes can be expected? </b><br><br>
Amitriptyline can help to manage certain behavioral problems in dogs and cats.
Optimal results usually occur when Amitriptyline is used along with proper
training and behavioral modification techniques. Results are not immediate and
it may take several weeks to notice improvement so be patient. <br><br><b>Who is it
medication can be given to dogs and cats. <br><br><b>How is it given? </b><br><br>1. Give tablets
according to your veterinarian’s specific instructions. <br><br>2. This
medication should not be discontinued suddenly and should be gradually tapered
off according to your veterinarian’s recommendation.<br><br>3. Always
ask your veterinarian if you do not understand how to properly administer this
it work? </b>This medication is classified as a
tricyclic antidepressant (TCA). TCA’s target the brain. This type of medication
alters serotonin and norepinephrine levels which are chemicals that are
involved with nerve communication.
<br><br><b>Amitriptyline is available as: </b>tablets<br><br><b>Generic Name:</b>Amitriptyline
(Common Drug Name)<br><br><b>Common
Brand Name:</b>Elavil<br><br><b>Dose and Administration:</b> Amitriptyline is given by mouth exactly as
prescribed by your veterinarian. This medication should be weaned down slowly
instead of stopped abruptly unless otherwise directed. <br><br>Give a
dose when you remember if you forget to give one but never double dose. Do not share this medication with other pets.
Speak with your veterinarian if you do not understand how to use this
Amitriptyline is used in the management of various behavioral problems in dogs and cats. Best
results are achieved when this medication is used with other behavior
modification strategies. <br><br><b>Storage:</b>This
medication should be stored at room temperature out of reach from children and
pets. <br><br><b>Possible Side
effects are variable.
<br><br>Dogs and cats may experience excitability,
sedation, inappetance, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, ravenous appetite,
weight gain; increased water intake, heart arrythmias, and bone marrow
and urinary retention are possible in cats. Other side effects may occur. <br><br>Call your
veterinarian immediately if your pet appears sick while taking this medication. <br><br><b>Precautions:</b>Animals
with an allergy to tricyclic antidepressants cannot take this medication. Extreme
caution should be used or usage should be avoided in animals that suffer from
seizure disorders/epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, liver disease, or heart disease.
Amitriptyline should not be used in pregnant or lactating females unless your
veterinarian instructs you otherwise. <br><br><b>Drug
and Food Interactions: </b>Amitriptyline
may interact with some vitamins, supplements, ephedrine, selegiline, amitraz, atropine,
phenylpropanolamine (Proin, Cystolamine), methimazole, and cimetidine. Other
interactions may occur. All other medications and supplements your pet is
taking should be discussed with your veterinarian before giving Amitriptyline. <br><br><b>A
prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Amitriptyline.</b>