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What is Chlorpheniramine?

Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine meant to be used for the temporary relief of allergy symptoms in pets.
For: Cats and Dogs

Benefits:
Begins to work within 1 hour

How it works:
This medication works to remedy contact, inhaled, or drug-induced allergies in dogs and cats by blocking the effects of histamine in the body.

Cautions:
While in 4mg strength it’s over-the-counter, there are possible negative interactions with other medications. Consult with your veterinarian. Side effects may include drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, dry mouth, and urinary retention. Do not store in the bathroom, as it’s sensitive to moisture.


More Information:
Brand Name
Chlor-Trimeton (Schering-Plough)
Generic Name
Chlorpheniramine

Manufacturer:
Various

What is this medication 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.

Availability:
Chlorpheniramine is available as tablets; long-acting capsules and tablets; and syrup

How this medicine 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 every 8-12 hours. For cats the usual dose is 1-2mg 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 an 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 this medication:
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.

Directions:

Chlorpheniramine 4mg tablets are an over-the-counter (OTC) product.
Chlorpheniramine 4mg tablets are an antihistamine used to treat allergies.

Tip: Chlorpheniramine can interact with other medications. Check with your pharmacist or veterinarian before giving this medication to pets taking other medications.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Puppies: All weights 1/2 – 2 tablets every 8-12 hours
Cats/Kittens: All weights 1/4 – 1/2 tablet every 8-12 hours
Horses:
Storage:Should be stored at room temperature.
Chlorpheniramine:

Active Ingredient (per tablet)

Amount
Chlorpheniramine maleate 4 mg
Other Ingredients: (per tablet)
D&C Yellow #10, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch.
Chlorpheniramine 4mg 4 5 82 82
Chlorpheniramine Inhalent/contact allergies are one of the most common reasons for veterinary exam for dogs and cats outside of yearly wellness exams. Such allergies result in much itching, fee chewing, secondary bacterial and/or yeast infections of the skin and ears. This frustrating condition often leads to repetitive vet exams, cortisone and antibiotic prescriptions and increasing expense. For those pets prone to these allergic conditions, it is often an excellent idea to try an antihistamine first such as chlorphenirimine, diphenhydramine or clemastine from 1800petmeds. As I discuss under these other product reviews, the overall effectiveness of anthistamines in symptomatic relief in dogs is approximately 25% in my experience, and thus they are most effectively used when combined with essential fatty acids like Super omega 3 from 1800petmeds, regular shampooing, and antioxidant therapy with supplements like proanthozone. I especially find the chlorphenirimine antihistamine useful and my number one choice in allergic cats at a typical dose of 1 or 2 mg twice daily. However to enhance effectiveness in cats, I will prescribe a fatty acid such as nordic naturals pet cod liver oil, or be well, or missing link to my feline patients. The only rare side effects I see with this inexpensive antihistamine is mild sedation and even less common rare digestive upset. However I always try anthistamine therapy first, in conjunction with other supportive allergy treatments, before reaching for more expensive drugs like atopica or using cortisone, which can occasionally have short term and long term side effects in some patients. My overall rating of chlorphenirimine is a 4. Its ease of use a 5. Its efficacy a 3.5, when combined with the supportive measures listed here and under my product review of diphenhydramine. 01/20/2009
worried about giving it I bought this in the cat category... ...And got a free dog bone. Thanks for the gift but it was useless. This company should ask what type of pet it is before sending free items. My cat had been sneezing a lot (so was I) and I was going to give him this to help. There were dosage directions on this site so I ordered. Shipping was pretty quick and item was well packaged. I read the bottle and was a bit concerned when the label (directions for people) mentioned not to give it to children under age 6. Even over age 6, they recommended 1/2 a tablet. How can I feel comfortable giving that to a cat that's a bit over 1 year old. Fortunately, his symptoms went away so I did not use it. Any feedback on this? 06/19/2014
Excellent medicine. Poor Jerry (cat) was having an allergic problem for a long time, I took him to the vet, who said he was perfectly fine and that everything was just a grooming thing!!! Paid $75.00 to hear that. One of my daughters has a cat with the same problem and she told me the vet has given her cat an antihistaminic medicine that I thought my vet was going to suggest, at least, that for my cat. But nothing. For a long time I was thinking how to get the medicine without a prescription and voila, found it at Pet-Meds. Beautiful Jerry is now doing way better than weeks before, hardly any scratching and so far, I don't see any big side effect; I just see him calmer and happier without that constant scratching he was under for months (day & night). The only cons I see it that the pill is a bit too big and therefore not easy to put iin one pill pocket, I have to use at least 2 of them or give him only half of the pill which has been working good, too. Very happy with the results !! 06/09/2014
It works well I give this to my 3 pitbulls who scratch often. This product does work without making them drowsy. I noticed a lot less scratching and I also noticed between the fish oil and Allergy meds my Bish's eye secretion has cleared up. 06/02/2014
this product works for my dog My dog is on two tabs per day and his scratching has almost ceased completely no more red broken skin and all is well compared to months ago. 05/16/2014
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My cat is having a hard time taking pills. He fights so hard against taking it, it turns into a very stressful situation. I'd like to crush it up. mix it with water and syringe shoot it into his mouth. Is there any issues with getting it into him this way? He is an 18lb cat and the vet said to take an entire 4mg pill.
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Use pill pockets. The you nor your pet get stressed.
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By mixing the medication with water, the active ingredient would most likely have a bitter taste for your pet will be exposed. Please discuss this idea with your vet. There is also a device called a pet piller that might be a better option.
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Before continuing medication you should see your vet first and have him evaluated before using long term. Long term use is not recommended without your vets consultation.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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