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What is K-BroVet Potassium Bromide?

K-BroVet is a pet medication containing Potassium Bromide to help manage epileptic seizures in dogs. K-BroVet requires a prescription from your veterinarian. Available in 250 mg and 500 mg double scored tablets as well as butterscotch flavored Oral Solution 250 mg/ml.

For:

Dogs

Benefits:
  • Helps treat seizures in dogs
  • Contains Vitamin B12, which helps maintain healthy neurological function
  • Delicious liver flavored chewable tablet
  • Available in 250 mg or 500 mg chewable tablets
  • Scored tablets simplify administering
How it Works:

K-BroVet contains Potassium Bromide, which is commonly used to help manage seizure disorders in dogs. K-BroVet has also been formulated with B vitamins to support healthy neurological function.

Cautions:

Not for use in cats.

Brand Name:

K-Bro Vet (PRN)

Generic Name:

Potassium bromide

What is the most important information I should know about K-BroVet:

K-BroVet is a prescription medication FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs. K-BroVet is available as 250 mg and 500 mg double scored, liver flavored tablets as well as a 10 oz (300 ml) butterscotch flavored Oral Solution 250 mg/ ml. The usual initial starting dose for dogs to achieve a serum level of 1 mg/ml is give 54.5 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 13.6 mg/lb once a day. To achieve a serum level of 1.5 mg/ml, give 72.7 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 18 mg/lb once a day. Do not give K-BroVet to any pet other than the pet for whom it was prescribed.

What is K-BroVet:

K-BroVet is an anticonvulsant used in the treatment of seizures in dogs; however, it is not uncommon for veterinarians to use this medication to treat seizures in cats. K-BroVet may be used alone or in combination with other anticonvulsant medications. K-BroVet may also be used for other conditions not listed.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving K-BroVet to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is allergic to potassium bromide. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease, or if the pet is pregnant or lactating. Inform your veterinarian of any other medications such as diuretics (furosemide, Lasix, Salix), or sedatives your pet may be taking, as well as any vitamins and supplements since interactions may occur. Periodic blood tests are necessary to monitor the level of the drug in the blood.

How should this medication be given:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. K-BroVet may be given with food to reduce some gastric side effects. Leave plenty of water for the pet to drink. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Store K-BroVet in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Do not miss a dose. Missing a dose may cause a seizure. Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet:

Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of overdose may include extreme sedation, incoordination, loss of appetite, vomiting, constipation, muscle pain or twitching, staggering, inability to use one or more limbs, decreased or slow reflexes, tremors, and other CNS symptoms.

What should I avoid while giving K-BroVet to my pet:

The safe use of this drug in pregnant or lactating animals has not been determined. Use with caution in animals with kidney disease, older animals, and those with other health problems.

What are the possible side effects of K-BroVet:

If your pet experiences an allergic reaction, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, and sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures or coma. If these signs occur, contact your veterinarian immediately. Side effects such as transient drowsiness when used with other anticonvulsant medications may last a few weeks. Change in appetite, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, and incoordination may also occur as well as increased thirst and urination. Dogs may also develop skin rashes or behavior changes. Cats may also develop a respiratory condition similar to asthma. Bromide salts have been associated with the development of pancreatitis. Symptoms may include loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and vomiting. When giving high doses, side effects may include severe vomiting, muscle pain, twitching, staggering, inability to use one or more limbs. If any of these symptoms occur, contact the veterinarian.

What other drugs will affect K-BroVet:

Before giving K-BroVet, tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given a diuretic (Lasix, Salix, furosemide), a sedative, vitamins or supplements.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about K-BroVet written for health professionals that you may read.

How to Use
Directions:
  • The dosages below are recommended only. You should always check with your veterinarian first.
Dosage:
Dogs:
Weight
Dosage
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For a loading dose to achieve a serum level of 1 mg/ml is give 54.5 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 13.6 mg/lb once a day. To achieve a serum level of 1.5 mg/ml, give 72.7 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 18 mg/lb once a day.
Cats:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature (59-86° F).

Ingredients
K-BroVet 250 Chewable Tablets
Ingredients (per chewable tablet)
Amount
Potassium Bromide
250 mg
Also contains cyanocobalamin and liver flavor.
K-BroVet 500 Chewable Tablets
Ingredients (per chewable tablet)
Amount
Potassium Bromide
500 mg
Also contains cyanocobalamin and liver flavor.
K-BroVet Oral Solution
Ingredients (per chewable tablet)
Amount
Potassium Bromide
250 mg/mL
Also contains cyanocobalamin, pyridoxine HCl and butterscotch vanilla flavor.
Customer Reviews
K-BroVet Potassium Bromide is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Service! Always reliable if late because of holiday they are willing to send you one day shipping without any charge.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Controls seizures but hardly "delicious." In terms of controlling seizures, this medication has been great, after the initial loading period. We've only needed to increase the dosage once over the last almost four years (touch wood). No liver toxicity issues so far (my vet said that there's less of a chance of that happening with KBro c/t phenobarbital or some of the other drugs). The one downside - this tablet is hardly a "delicious liver flavour." The only way to get it down is to force it or use pill pockets. I'd love to just give Nellie her meds without having to get the exact ratio of pill pocket over tablet required for her to not be able to smell it, so if this could be improved, you'd go up to 5 stars.
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from used for epileptic dog My lab mix started having seizures when she was 2. I put her on phenobarbital when she started to have one seizure per month per my vets advice. She had awful side effects so I took her off the phenobarb. Phenobarb also has long term side effects that can cause organ failure and causes dogs to be dependent (if you don't give them meds they will have seizures). She is 60 lbs and now takes potassium bromide twice a day. She takes a 250 mg in the morning and 500 mg at night. She still has about one seizure every two months but they only last 3 minutes or less and seem to be less severe. This product has less negative side effects and I have been happy with it.
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Knock on Wood!!!!! My 7 year old German Shepherd started having seizures at the age of 2. He was immediately put on phenobarbital because they were so bad (cluster or multiple) in 5 years he had over 1200 seizures. anywhere from 11 to 19 over a 3 day period every 4-6 weeks. I know this cause I mark them all on a calendar. In January he was put on Potassium Bromide and has been taken off the pheno and today Easter Sunday 2014 he has not had a seizure in 17 weeks. Knock on wood. I have never been so happy with a product. My days no longer consist of being home to watch him when he has them, and my nights do not consist of being woke every 3 hours to take care of him. I still worry they will start again every day but anything is better than it was.
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tablets are hassle-free Our Shih Tzu, Buster, has had seizures since he was about 16months old. We went through expensive and difficult medication regimes with him before we were able determine that he could not use phenobarbital. We have been able to control his seizures with KBr but in our area it is only available in liquid form - which he hates the taste and would fight to avoid his medicine. When we discovered that Pet Meds had liver flavored tablets we were overjoyed!!!! We simply break it up on top of his kibble and he eats it right up. We are so grateful that the tablets are also affordable from Pet Meds!
Date published: 2013-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This seems to work!! My 4 year old golden retriever began having severe seizures at age 3. I was familiar with seizures as I previously had a Irish Setter which I treated with Primidone. I did not want my golden to go through that. My vet prescribed Potassium Bromide and so far it has worked. He has had a couple of mild seizures but for the most part seizure free. Sort of expensive and long term so look to Pet Med to save you a little money.
Date published: 2012-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this place. My English Bulldog, Dumpling, was a puppy mill for the first two years of her life. After she was rescued, the shelter found out she suffered seizures. My wife and I feel in love with her at first site. The seizures did not matter to us when we adopted her. She has to be on medication for the rest of her life. One of which is called KBR. It's very difficult to find in my area. If you do find it, you have to take out a second mortgage to purchase. 1-800-PetMeds was recommended to us by friends. They always have the product in stock at a great price. I'm lucky to have found them.
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best purchase ever I love 800 Pet Meds. They are very helpfull. There is a genleman by the name of Ed that when you call he is wonderful. Gives you great service. This medicene helped my 11 year old WEImeraner with her seizures. Its a great product. I also buy all my prescriptions from 800 pet.
Date published: 2012-02-01
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Q&A

Is there a best time of day to give the dose?

Asked by: Dave119
The time of day dosing should be determined by our doctor. However its best to dose the medication at even intervals. I.E if prescribed daily, give every 24 hours.
Answered by: S Duesler PharmD MBA
Date published: 2016-11-17

Is 250mg twice a day too much for a 10 pound toy poodle?

I have a 14 year old dog and she's been having seizures for about a year now. My doctor prescribed me the K-BroVet Potassium Bromide and said to give her 250mg twice a day. I thought that was a really high dose and need to know if this is ok to give her before I actually give it to her.
Asked by: BubbleGumBBW
No, this is not a high dose. This equals about 50 mg/lb daily. Typical doses are as follows: For a loading dose to achieve a serum level of 1 mg/ml is give 54.5 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 13.6 mg/lb once a day. To achieve a serum level of 1.5 mg/ml, give 72.7 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 18 mg/lb once a day. Make sure you follow up with your veterinarian to check your dogs levels to make sure they are getting the appropriate dose.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-21

Should i take my dog to the vet first before trying this medication?

Asked by: Angel
Yes, this medication does require a prescription from your veterinarian, and they will most likely want to monitor your dogs levels.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-21

My husky was given phenobarbital 32.4 mg to be taken twice daily . Is the K-brovet potassium bromide the same medication ? 

Asked by: Shells
No, K-BroVet is not the same as phenobarbital. Phenobarbital is a barbiturate, while this medication is potassium bromide. For a loading dose to achieve a serum level of 1 mg/ml, give 54.5 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 13.6 mg/lb once a day. To achieve a serum level of 1.5 mg/ml, give 72.7 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 18 mg/lb once a day. Both medications require a prescription from your veterinarian, and you should dose based on their directions.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-18

My husky was put on phenobarbital 32.4 mg twice daily . Is the K-Brovet Bromide the same ? And if so if shes taking 32.4mg in phenobarbital, what dosage would she take in the k bro potassium bromide ??? 

Asked by: Shells
No, K-BroVet is not the same as phenobarbital. Phenobarbital is a barbiturate, while this medication is potassium bromide. For a loading dose to achieve a serum level of 1 mg/ml, give 54.5 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 13.6 mg/lb once a day. To achieve a serum level of 1.5 mg/ml, give 72.7 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 18 mg/lb once a day. Both medications require a prescription from your veterinarian, and you should dose based on their directions.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-18

We started my golden retriever on k-vet today bc the normal phenobarbital was not working well anymore.  My vet has her on 1 1/2 pills of 500mg twice a day and also her phenobarbital.  She weighs 69.3 lbs. US taking this amount safe for her? 

Asked by: Goldens4life
For a loading dose to achieve a serum level of 1 mg/ml is give 54.5 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 13.6 mg/lb once a day. To achieve a serum level of 1.5 mg/ml, give 72.7 mg/lb once a day for 5 days, then reduce to 18 mg/lb once a day. For your 69.3 lb golden retriever, a maintenance dose of 18 mg/lb to achieve a serum level of 1.5 mg/mL would be 1247 mg daily, which is a little lower than the 1,500 mg daily your vet prescribed. This is fine. The most important thing is for your pet to have the appropriate serum level of K-BroVet in her system. If you notice any changes in your dogs behavior or side effects such as change in appetite, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, incoordination, and increased thirst and urination let your veterinarian know. Dogs may also develop skin rashes or behavior changes.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-14

My mini dashund has reoccurring skin problems and ear yeast. Vet gives her Clavamox and momentum optic, can't afford vet bill.really need order,can I?

Asked by: Scrappy391
Clavamox does require a prescription from your veterinarian.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-14

My dog currently gets Potassium Bromide in 250mg capsules which we have compounded at a local compounding pharmacy. Would this be the same thing?

Asked by: ParisMom
Yes, this would be the same thing.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-12
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