What is Amitriptyline Compounded?
Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant. It's used to treat certain behavioral problems, such as separation anxiety, fear of noises, and anxiety in dogs, and urinating out of the litter box, spraying, and anxiety in cats. Compounding is beneficial in instances where a specific dosage is unavailable where a different form will make it easier to dose your pet. Amitriptyline requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
Cats and Dogs
- Treats behavioral issues in dogs, such as separation anxiety
- Remedies feline behavioral problems, like urinating outside the litter box
- Reduces the frequency of vet visits
How does Amitriptyline work?
Amitriptyline affects chemicals in the brain that become unbalanced, leading to behavioral problems in your pet.
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.
Amitriptyline Compounded Directions:
- Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant available by prescription for use in dogs to treat certain behavioral problems such as separation anxiety, fear of noises, and anxiety.
- Amitriptyline is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs and cats.
- Amitriptyline is used in cats to treat urinating out of the litter box, spraying, and anxiety.
- Do not give this medication if your pet is or has been using an MAOi (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) such as Selegiline, Anipryl, Mitaban Dip, or Preventic Collar within the last 14 days.
It may take a number of days before symptoms begin to lessen. Allow your pet to drink plenty of water. Do not stop giving Amitriptyline suddenly.
Amitriptyline Compounded Dosage:
|All weights||The usual dose is 5-10 mg once a day, at night.|
|All weights||The usual initial dose is 0.5-2 mg/lb of pet's body weight every 8-12 hours.|
|Horses||Do not use!|
Store Amitriptyline at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What is a Compounded Medication?
A compounded medication is the creation of a particular medication to fit the unique needs of a patient, including changing the form of the medication (e.g., from a solid pill to a liquid) for a variety reasons (e.g., to make it easier to take, to avoid a non-essential ingredient, to obtain the exact dose needed, adding favorite flavors).
If you are having difficulty giving your pet prescribed medication or need to find a discontinued medication, 1-800-PetMeds offers compounding services on select medications. We can prepare the following: (1) custom strength quantities of a medication (as capsules, liquid, chewable tablets, or transdermal (absorbed through the skin); (2) dosage forms to mask bitter or unpleasant taste (such as capsules or chewable tablets that can also be flavored); (3) dosage forms to make it easier to dose your pet such as a transdermal or liquid (that can also be flavored); and (4) discontinued products such as cisapride or DES.