Amitriptyline Pet Medication
- Dog or Cat
- Availability: Prescription
- Active Ingredient(s):
- What is Amitriptyline used for?
Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant used for the treatment of behavioral problems. In dogs it is used for conditions such as separation anxiety, anxiety and fear of noise. In cats it used for conditions such as urinating out of the litter box, spraying, excessive grooming and anxiety.
- How Amitriptyline should be used?
Amitriptyline is not FDA approved for veterinary use Amitriptyline is not FDA approved for veterinary use: however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. The usual dose in dogs is 0.5-2mg/pound every 8-12 hours. The usual dose in cats is 5-10mg per cat once a day, at night.
- What are the side effects?
Side effects of amitriptyline may include drowsiness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. There may be an increase in excitability.
- What special precautions are there?
Do not use this medication in animals allergic to it or other tricyclic antidepressants. Use with caution in animals with liver disease, urinary retention, hyperthyroidism, seizure disorders or glaucoma. Do not use in pregnant or nursing animals. Do not use with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as selegiline or Preventic tick collar. If the animal is being given an MAOI, wait 2 weeks after discontinuing before starting treatment with amitriptyline. Do not use with other central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as barbiturates or tranquilizers. Do not use with phenylpropanolamine (PPA), methimazole or cimetidine. Always tell your veterinarian or pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking. Give this medication with food.
- In the event of overdose?
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include heart arrhythmia, rapid heart beat (tachycardia), sedation, low blood pressure, convulsions coma or death.
- How should I store Amitriptyline?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store tablets 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 Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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 this medication 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.