Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. It's used to treat certain behavioral problems, such as separation anxiety, fear of noises, and anxiety in dogs. For cats it is used to treat urinating out of the litter box, spraying, and anxiety.
Amitriptyline affects chemicals in the brain that become unbalanced, leading to behavioral problems in your pet.
For the relief of symptoms of depression. Endogenous depression is more likely to be alleviated than are other depressive states.
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Allow pet to drink plenty of water. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Do not stop giving amitriptyline suddenly. This could cause symptoms such as nausea, headache and malaise. Store amitriptyline at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.
Tip: It may take a number of days before symptoms begin to lessen. Allow pet to drink plenty of water. Do not stop giving Amitriptyline suddenly.
|Amitriptyline HCl Dosage for Cats|
|All weights||The usual dose is 5-10 mg once a day, at night|
|Amitriptyline HCl Dosage for Dogs|
|All weights||The usual initial dose is 0.5-2 mg per pound of pet's body weight every 8-12 hours|
Side effects of Amitriptyline may include drowsiness, dizziness, loss of appetite, and urinary retention, and this product may interact with other products your pet is taking.
Allergic reactions and serious side effects are rare, but in the case of an allergic reaction or a serious side effect, seek immediate veterinary attention. Some common signs of allergic reactions and serious side effects are facial swelling, breathing difficulties, rashes or hives, pale gums, increased tendency to bruise or bleed, or low platelets.
Store Amitriptyline at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Depressed pets, particularly those with known manic-depressive illness, may experience a shift to mania or hypomania. In these circumstances, the dose of amitriptyline may be reduced or a major tranquilizer such as perphenazine may be administered concurrently.
This drug is FDA-approved for human use. However, it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe such drugs for use in dogs and cats.