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Amitriptyline

  • Drug Name: Amitriptyline
  • Common Name: Elavil®
  • Drug Type: Tricyclic antidepressant
  • Used For: Behavioral problems
  • Species: Dogs, Cats
  • Administered: Tablets, Injectable
  • How Dispensed: Prescription only
  • FDA Approved: No
  • Recommended Online Pharmacy: Get Amitriptyline at Pet360.com

General Description

 

Amitriptyline is a tricyclic depressant used to treat many behavioral disorders in pets. It may be prescribed to treat separation anxiety, excessive grooming, death of a companion, or other problems. Amitriptyline has a pain relieving component, and is often used for anxiety disorders involving pain in cats.

 

How It Works

 

Serotonin and norepinephrine are chemicals in the brain that reverse the feelings of depression. They are released into the brain and then reabsorbed into the brain where they are no longer effective. Amitriptyline works preventing the reabsorption of these neurotransmitters back into nerve cells in the brain. This increases the levels of these chemicals and allows them to stick around the brain longer.

 

Storage Information

 

Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.

 

Missed Dose?

 

If you miss a dose, give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.

 

Side Effects and Drug Reactions

 

Amitriptyline may result in these side effects:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Decrease in urination
  • Dry eyes
  • Constipation
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Hyperexcitability
  • Increase in seizures in epileptic pets

Amitriptyline may react with these drugs:

  • Anticholinergics
  • Antithyroid drugs
  • Diazepam (and other central nervous system depressants)
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
  • Protein bound drugs
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  • Sympathomimetic
  • Cimetidine

USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PREGNANT OR LACTATING PETS, OR PETS WITH DIABETES MELLITUS, EPILEPSY, KIDNEY DISEASE, LIVER DISEASE, HEART DISEASE, OR HYPERTHYROIDISM


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