Chlorpheniramine Pet Medication
- Dog or Cat
- Availability: OTC
- Active Ingredient(s):
- What is Chlorpheniramine used for?
Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine used in the treatment of contact, inhaled or drug induced allergies in dogs and cats. It is also used to treat miliary dermatitis in cats.
- How Chlorpheniramine should be used?
Chlorpheniramine is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice to use this medication in dogs and cats. The usual dose for dogs is 2-8mg PER DOG every 8-12 hours. For cats the usual dose is 1-2mg PER CAT every 8-12 hours. Do not open or crush the long acting capsules.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects may include drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea and lack of appetite. Dry mouth and urinary retention can also occur.
- What special precautions are there?
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to chlorpheniramine or similar antihistamines. Do not use chlorpheniramine when it is in combination with other medications such as acetaminophen or caffeine such as found in various cold and sinus products. Do not use in pregnant or lactating animals. Do not use in patients with glaucoma, prostate disease or urinary obstruction, stomach or intestinal obstruction, high blood pressure or hyperthyroidism. Use caution when given with phenothiazines such as acepromazine and other central nervous system (CNS) depressant medications. Chlorpheniramine should not be used with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as selegiline and Preventic tick collar. Use caution when given with metoclopramide. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking.
- In the event of overdose?
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include excitement or seizure, drowsiness, coma, respiratory depression and death.
- How should I store Chlorpheniramine?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and should NOT be considered veterinary advice. Any veterinary questions should be referred to your veterinarian. This information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. Please make your own inquiries with your veterinarian for the suitability of a product for your pet.