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Doxepin

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Doxepin is a tricyclic antidepressant used in dogs to treat certain skin conditions that may be caused by anxiety.

How do I give this medication?

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"Do not give your pet new foods or medications while on doxepin"
  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • If the medicine is a liquid, measure the dose with reasonable care.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and do not give more often than directed.
  • DO NOT stop giving this medication to your pet unless directed by your veterinarian. Call your veterinarian ahead of time if your pet needs a refill.
  • Do not give your pet new foods or medications while on doxepin.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.
  • It may take several weeks before the required response is noted. Continue giving the medication as prescribed.

What if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Store in a light resistant container.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

Are there any potential side effects?

  • The most common side effects include drowsiness and a lack of energy, vomiting and hyperexcitability. Over time, these effects may wear off.
  • Your pet may experience dry mouth, irregular heartbeat and difficulty urinating. Contact your veterinarian if these effects are severe or continue.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

What are the possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following drugs can potentially interact with doxepin: monoamine oxidase inhibitors, anticholinergic or CNS depressants, cimetidine, sympathomimetic agents.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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