Amitriptyline is: 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.
What are the benefits?
- 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 other medications..
What outcomes can be expected?
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.
Who is it for: This medication can be given to dogs and cats.
How is it given?
1. Give tablets according to your veterinarian’s specific instructions.
2. This medication should not be discontinued suddenly and should be gradually tapered off according to your veterinarian’s recommendation.
3. Always ask your veterinarian if you do not understand how to properly administer this medication.
How does it work? 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.
Amitriptyline is available as: tablets
Generic Name:Amitriptyline (Common Drug Name)
Common Brand Name:Elavil
Dose and Administration: 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.
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 medication.
Uses: 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.
Storage:This medication should be stored at room temperature out of reach from children and pets.
Possible Side Effects: Side effects are variable.
Dogs and cats may experience excitability, sedation, inappetance, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, ravenous appetite, weight gain; increased water intake, heart arrythmias, and bone marrow suppression.
Drooling and urinary retention are possible in cats. Other side effects may occur.
Call your veterinarian immediately if your pet appears sick while taking this medication.
Precautions: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.
Drug and Food Interactions: 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.
A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Amitriptyline.
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- Few Side Effects
My vet prescribed this for my dog to take in addition to Clomicalm. I give her a dose when we are going out (not on a daily basis). It does make her a little tired, which helps her sleep when we are gone as opposed to destroying the furniture.
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