Fluoxetine is an effective generic alternative that helps to treat behavioral problems in pets such as separation anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. What is Fluoxetine?
This is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that is given orally to pets in order to manage a variety of behavioral problems.What are the benefits of Fluoxetine?
- Effective generic option.
- Treats multiple behavioral problems.
- Can be given easily at home.
cats and dogs. How is this medication given?
This medication is given by mouth (orally). Giving Fluoxetine with food can help to prevent stomach upset.
Follow the exact instructions that are given to you by your veterinarian. Never stop this medication abruptly unless your veterinarian tells you to. Your pets dose may be able to be lowered over time. Call your veterinarian if you are unsure of how to use Fluoxetine properly. How does this medication work?
Fluoxetine increases the effectiveness of the serotonin which is a chemical in the brain that can be responsible for multiple behavior disorders in pets. What results can I expect?
Fluoxetine can help to manage the symptoms associated with some behavior disorders in pets including separation anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and other behavioral problems as directed by your veterinarian.
No behavioral medication will be fully effective or curative unless it is used in conjunction with behavioral modification and training techniques to try to change the unwanted behavior.
It can also take several weeks to see results so be patient. What form(s) does Fluoxetine come in?
This medication is available as a capsule. Generic Name:
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride (Common Drug Name)
Common Brand Name: Reconcile (veterinary), Prozac (human)
Dose and Administration:Give Fluoxetine orally as directed by your veterinarian preferably with food.
Do not stop this medication abruptly without consulting with your veterinarian. Tapering medication to the lowest dose may be possible as directed.
Give a missed dose as soon as you remember but never double dose. Only give this medication to the pet it has been prescribed for.
Uses:This is an SSRI (selective serotonin inhibitor) that helps in the management of multiple behavioral issues in pets including obsessive-compulsive disorder and inappropriate urination in cats.
Possible Side Effects: The most commonly reported side effects include loss of weight loss and lethargy. Other side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, and panting (in dogs) have also been reported.
Some pets may be truly allergic to Fluoxetine. Other side effects are always possible.
If your pet seems ill in any way after starting Fluoxetine, call your veterinarian immediately.
Drug and Food Interactions: Always discuss all other medications and supplements your pet is taking prior to starting Fluoxetine to make sure it can be given safely. Drug interactions may occur with ephedrine, selegiline, and amitraz (an ingredient in some tick collars ) Other interactions are possible.
Precautions:Do not give Fluoxetine to pets who are allergic to it or other SSRIs. The safety in pregnant females is unknown. Fluoxetine does pass into breast milk so always use with caution in lactating females.
Do not use in animals with a seizure history. Caution should be used in animals with liver disease and in diabetic animals.
This medication is most effective when used with proper behavior modification techniques.
Storage:Store at room temperature in a closed container out of reach from children and pets.
A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Fluoxetine.