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What is Fluoxetine?

Fluoxetine is an antidepressant belonging to a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). Fluoxetine requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
For: Cats and Dogs

 

Benefits:
Helps with obsessive compulsive behaviors such as tail chasing in dogs, or constant licking in dogs and cats, and other behavioral disorders which are otherwise common causes for veterinary visits
Easy to administer

How it works:
Fluoxetine affects chemicals in the brain that can cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

Cautions:
Avoid giving other medicines that can make your pet sleepy (cold or allergy medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxants, seizure medicine, or other medications for depression or anxiety). Do not give Reconcile if your pet is using an MAO inhibitor such as Anipryl, selegiline, Preventic Collar, or Mitaban Dip. Side effects that may occur include rash, hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. If these or any other side effects occur, stop giving your pet Fluoxetine and contact your veterinarian.


More Information:
Brand Name
Prozac (Dista), Reconcile (Lilly)
Generic Name
Fluoxetine (flew-ox-a-teen) HCl

What is the most important information I should know about fluoxetine: Do not give fluoxetine with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as Anipryl, selegiline, Preventic Collar or Mitaban Dip. Call your veterinarian at once if new or worsening symptoms such as mood or behavior changes, anxiety, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, hostile behavior, aggression, restlessness, hyperactivity. Notify your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant, if you are planning to breed your pet, or if your pet is lactating.

What is fluoxetine: Fluoxetine is an antidepressant in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI¿s). Fluoxetine affects chemicals in the brain that cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsession-compulsion. Fluoxetine is a prescription medication used in dogs and cats for the treatment of canine aggression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Fluoxetine is available as 10mg tablets and 20mg capsules. The usual dose is dependant on the condition being treated and the animal's response to treatment. It may take up to 3 or 4 weeks before the medication becomes effective.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving fluoxetine: Do not give fluoxetine if your pet is using and MAO inhibitor such as Anipryl, selegiline, Preventic Collar, or Mitaban Dip. Serious and sometimes fatal reactions can occur when these medications are taken with fluoxetine. You must wait at least 14 days after stopping an MAO inhibitor before you can give fluoxetine. You must wait 5 weeks after stopping fluoxetine before you can give an MAOI. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is allergic to any medications of if your pet has liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or seizures. Fluoxetine should not be given to pregnant or lactating animals.

How should this medication be given: Give fluoxetine exactly as prescribed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Do not give larger amounts or give it for longer than recommended by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may occasionally change the dose to achieve the best result. It may take 3 to 4 weeks or longer before fluoxetine takes effect. Do not stop using fluoxetine without first consulting with your veterinarian. Unpleasant side effects can occur if the medication is stopped suddenly. Store fluoxetine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and other pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet: Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, fever, sleepiness, rapid or uneven heartbeat, panting and irritability, confusion, fainting, seizures, and coma.

What should I avoid while giving fluoxetine to my pet: Avoid giving other medicines that can make the pet sleepy such as; cold or allergy medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, seizure medicine, or other medications for depression or anxiety. Tell your veterinarian if you give your pet any of these medications regularly.

What are the possible side effects of fluoxetine: If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving fluoxetine and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (skin rash or hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat). Call your veterinarian at once if your pet has any new or worsening symptoms such as mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, irritability, agitation, hostility, aggression, restlessness, hyperactivity, or increased depression. Call your veterinarian at once if your pet has any serious side effects such as; seizures (convulsions); tremors, shivering, muscle stiffness or twitching; a red, blistering, peeling skin rash; problems with balance or coordination; or agitation, confusion, sweating, fast heartbeat. Less serious side effects may include drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, changes in appetite, weight changes, dry mouth. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect fluoxetine: Talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any medicine for pain, arthritis, fever, or swelling. This includes carprofen, piroxicam, etodolac, and others. Giving any of these medications with fluoxetine may cause the pet to bruise or bleed easily. Before giving fluoxetine, tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given digoxin, diazepam (Valium), phenytoin (Dilantin), warfarin (Coumadin), amitriptyline (Elavil), imipramine (Tofranil). Drugs other than those listed may also interact with fluoxetine. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including herbal supplement.

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about fluoxetine written for health professionals that you may read.

 

Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Directions:
Fluoxetine is an antidepressant drug in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).
Fluoxetine is available by prescription and is used to treat separation anxiety and obsessive compulsive behaviors in dogs and inappropriate elimination in cats.
Tip: Do not give larger amounts or give for longer than recommended by your veterinarian. It may take 3 to 4 weeks or longer before Fluoxetine takes effect. Do not stop Fluoxetine without first consulting with your veterinarian.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Cats: All weights Dosage is dependent on the condition being treated, the animal’s response to treatment, and the development of any adverse effects. Give exactly as directed by your veterinarian
Horses:
Storage: Store this medication at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
Fludrocortisone Acetate Tablet:
Active Ingredient Amount
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride 10 mg

Fludrocortisone Acetate Capsule:
Active Ingredient Amount
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride 20 mg

Fluoxetine 4.5 5 43 43
Sheltie with OCD My sheltie has been diagnosed with severe Obessive Compulsive Disorder. She paces non stop, barks constantly, runs the fences, spins non stop (sort of like tail chasing) to the point of passing out in the backyard among many other behaviors. I have tried numerous different medications, Chlomipramine, Xanax, Valium and nothing has helped. Finally my vet started her on Prozac, it has been a lifesend. She still has her moments and certainly is still obsessive but it has calmed her down enough that she can relax and lay down without feeling anxious. I would definitely recommend this to someone who may be going through issues of OCD with their dog. This is the only thing that has worked! 06/13/2011
Helped our Traumatized Puppy Mill Rescue We adopted a 10 month old Pointer mix from a shelter which had just emptied out a horrid puppy mill. Our dog was a mess at the shelter (absolutely terrified--he could not stop peeing on himself) and we knew we were the right people to adopt such a traumatized dog. He hid under a chair and peed in fear at his first obedience class and the trainer sugested we speak to the vet about Prozac. Our lovable 60 pound Pointer now takes 60 mg. of Prozac a day (40 mg in day and 20 mg at night) and it has helped tremendously. He was then easily housetrained, learned to go up and down stairs, is sociable with other dogs, and learning to be more trusting of people. Every week he shows progress. I had an aggressive dog on Prozac in the past and it helped her too (though not enough to ever make her a truly safe dog.) I am very pleased with how it has helped our very fearful traumatized puppy mil rescue and he will stay on it as long as he needs to. 03/19/2011
Awesome results Snoopy is a lab mix that I rescued, he had lived 5 years in an outdoor cage with minimal human contact. He has anxiety so bad that he paced and would not sit or lay down if a human was near. He would actually fall asleep standing up so afraid of being left alone again. My trainer recommended a vet and Prozac to help him relax and calm his state of mind so he could learn and cope with his fears. He has been on this product for 4 months and it is wonderful. Snoopy listens, lays down inside and out and is doing great. He still paces some but overall it is a great medication for him! 07/22/2014
I'd highly recommend this med for any desperate cat owners dealing with idiopathic cystitis. My cat had been urinating outside the litter pan for 7 years - we tried Feliway, Cat Attract litter, hormones, calming aids, but nothing worked. Finally a vet had us try fluoxetine. It's been several months now of urine-free carpets! The only tricky part was giving her the pills - she could smell them in her food and would refuse to eat. I worked out a system: dissolve half a pill in a teaspoon of chicken broth, then mix in half a can of wet cat food. It's the only way we could trick her into taking the pill, but now she has no issues whatsoever. 03/11/2014
Works for Conflict Aggression This product has really helped my 3 yr old Sealyham Terrier rescue. He is a very smart and sensitive dog with a lot of issues involving owner directed aggression and anxiety (panic attacks). We did all we could with training and patience but he was just not progressing and had bit all of us at least once. We took him to the behaviorists at Tufts University Veterinary School and he was diagnosed and put on 15 mg of fluoxetine daily. We have redoubled our training efforts as well and have had no biting or panic attacks in the last 2 months. 02/24/2014
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I want to make sure of the quality of this drug formulation. What can you tell me about this.
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The fluoxetine 10 mg tablets that we currently have in stock are made in Israel and the fluoxetine 20 mg capsules are made in India. They have been approved for sale in the United States.
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I didn't like the way he was reacting and I have stopped giving it......how long will this take to get out of his system so I can resume his valium. It changed his personality completely....including the loving, sweet part. I gave it to him for spraying and because we will be moving and I have to integrate two outside cats into inside cats .Tried to get a jump on any problems.
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Please contact your veterinarian to and let them know you plan to resume your pets valium to determine the most appropriate time to restart him. They may want to reexamine your pet first.
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You will need to consult with your veterinarian to determine the appropriate dosing schedule in order to wean your dog off this medication, it is importat that you do not stop abruptly.
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Yes!! This is generic Prozac, and must have a vet's script. Also, a vet should determine the dosage.
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Nail trimming and gromming can be a traumatic experience for a pet. Please consult with your veterinarian regarding your options on making this a pleasant experience.
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