Category: Dogs

Ephedrine

Ephedrine is prescribed to help control urinary incontinence in cats and dogs. This medicine is also used to open the lungs’ air passages to relieve nasal congestion.

Dosage

A missed doses will make ephedrine ineffective. If you do miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Possible side effects may include: fast heart beat, high blood pressure, tremors, restlessness, anxiety, hyperexcitability, and urine retention. Contact your vet if you notice anything unusual or if your pet becomes restless or irritable.

Medicine Storage

Ensure this medication kept out of children’s reach. This medicine should be stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat or direct sunlight.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. The following drugs can potentially interact with ephedrine: sodium bicarbonate, amitriptyline, sympathomimetic agents (phenylpropanolamine), indomethacin, aspirin (and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents), reserpine, tricyclic antidepressants, ganglionic blocking agents, beta-blockers, and digitalis glycosides. Contact your vet immediately if your pet experiences any reaction.

Famotidine

Famotidine is a histamine-blocking agent prescribed to reduce the amount of gastric acid secreted in the stomach. This medication may also be used for treating gastric or duodenal ulcers, gastritis and reflux conditions.

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Possible side effects have not been fully determined for veterinary species, however, adverse effects documented in humans include: loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dry mouth or skin.

Medicine Storage

Ensure this medication kept out of children’s reach. Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature, away from heat and direct sunlight.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. The following drugs may interact with famotidine: antacids, metoclopramide, sucralfate, digoxin and/or ketoconazole. Contact your vet if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

Fenbendazole

Fenbendazole is a de-wormer that is prescribed to treat many of the intestinal parasites that affect pets such as tapeworm, roundworm and lungworm.

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

Fortunately, this medication rarely has side effects. On very rare occasions, your pet may experience some vomiting.

Medicine Storage

Ensure this medication is kept out of children’s reach. Store tablets in a cool, dry place at room temperature, away from heat and direct sunlight.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed.  Contact your vet if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

Fluoroquinolones

Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics prescribed to treat bacterial infections, they basically kill bacteria or prevent its growth. This antibiotic is often prescribed for bacterial eye infection, these infections may occur on the cornea (clear part of the eye) or in the conjunctiva (pink parts around the eyelids).

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

Side effects are very uncommon with this medication. If you do notice anything unusual, or your pet’s eye looks worse after starting the medication, contact your vet immediately.

Medicine Storage

Ensure this medication is kept out of children’s reach. Store the eye drops in a tight, light resistant container.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed.

Etamiphylline

Etamiphylline is prescribed to treat coughing, wheezing and breathing problems. The medicine effectively opens up the lungs air passages in the lungs to increase the volume of air flow into the lungs.

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them, possible side effects may include increased excitement and stomach upset but these symptoms subside quickly. Other side effects may include sickness, vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive thirst and increased urination. If you notice anything unusual contact your vet immediately.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed.

Amantadine

Amantadine is an antiviral agent. It is also prescribed to treat chronic pain when administered in combination with other medication.

Dosage

If you miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them, possible side effects may include stomach upset, loose stools, diarrhea, wind or agitation. If you notice anything unusual contact your vet immediately.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. The following drugs are known to interact with amantadine – trimethoprim/sulfa, quinidine, quinine, thiazide diuretics, triamterene, anticholinergic drugs, and CNS stimulants.

Digoxin

Digoxin is used to control your pet heart rate and rhythm whilst also improving the heart’s strength and productivity. This medication is classed as a cardiac glycoside which means it forces the heart muscles to contract by boosting the calcium ion influx into the cells of the heart muscle. The medication also works by increasing the resting time of the heart muscle cells resulting in a slower heart rate.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Potential side effects may include: diarrhoea, vomiting, lack of appetite, behavioral changes, depression or drowsiness – if your pet displays any of these side effects contact your vets immediately.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. In this case, your vet will monitor your pet closely and may vary the dose of medication accordingly

Domperidone

This medication is used to heighten the level of movement in the intestine and stomach primarily to combat the symptoms of stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting and reflux.

This medication effectively increases the muscle action in the gastrointestinal tract (in the stomach and intestines) so food moves through the digestive system faster, it It can also relieve conditions caused by food staying in one place for a long time or contents in the stomach moving the wrong way in the gastrointestinal tract.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. If you notice anything unusual contact your vets immediately.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. In this case, your vet will monitor your pet closely and may vary the dose of medication accordingly.

Levothyroxine

Levothyroxine or Thyroxine as it is also know is prescribed to treat low thyroid levels. This drug is classed as a general hormone medication. Levothyroxine works by replacing the thyroid hormone when the thyroid gland fails to produce enough.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Potential side effects may include: excessive thirst, diarrhoea, excessive urination, excessive ingestion of food, fast heart rate, nervousness, excessive panting and weight loss. Contact your vet immediately if your pet displays any of these side effects

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. In this case, your vet will monitor your pet closely and may vary the dose of medication accordingly.

Liquid Paraffin

Liquid paraffin is a laxative used for the treatment of constipation. Liquid paraffin can also be found in some eye preparations and used as a tear substitute in keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye syndrome). Paraffin can also be prescribed in a paste form which is used to control ‘fur balls’ in cats.

I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?

All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Potential side effects may include diarrhoea. If your pet displays any side effects contact your vets immediately.

Possible drug interactions

Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. In this case, your vet will monitor your pet closely and may vary the dose of medication accordingly. If you notice any unusual reactions contact your vets immediately.

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