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
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.
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.
|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.
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.