Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?
Alprazolam may be used to prevent unwanted behaviors in dogs and cats. This includes anxious, aggressive dogs or those demonstrating panic reactions.
How do I give this medication?
- 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.
- Try not to miss giving any doses.
What do I do 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.
- 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.
What are the potential side effects?
"A rare side effect in dogs is excitement... Cats may become irritable, show increased affection, or become depressed."
- Alprazolam may cause drowsiness, increased appetite and the inability to coordinate muscle activity.
- A rare side effect in dogs is excitement.
- Cats may become irritable, show increased affection, or become depressed.
- Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.
Are there any possible drug interactions?
"If your pet needs to take antacids, administer them at least 2 hours before or after alprazolam."
- 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 alprazolam: cimetidine, erythromycin, isoniazid, ketoconazole, propranolol, valproic acid, other CNS depressants, digoxin, and rifampin.
- If your pet needs to take antacids, administer them at least 2 hours before or after alprazolam.
- Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
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