Selegiline

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Selegiline is used for the treatment of Cushing's Disease and for older dogs that are losing their intellectual function (cognitive dysfunction).

 

How do I give this medication?selegiline-1

  • 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.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

 

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.
  • 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?

"If your pet has received too much medication, the pupils may be slow to respond to changes in light and the pet may pant excessively."

  • Your pet may experience the following side effects: vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, repetitive movements, drowsiness, excessive drooling, loss of appetite, diminished hearing, itching, licking, or shivering.
  • If your pet has received too much medication, the pupils may be slow to respond to changes in light and the pet may pant excessively. If this occurs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
  • Observe the pet carefully for other side effects and contact your veterinarian if you notice anything unusual.

 

Are there any 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 selegiline: meperidine, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, fluoxetine, tricyclic antidepressants, amitraz, and ephedrine.
  • Allow fourteen days between the discontinuation of selegiline and the initiation of tricyclic antidepressants.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

REMEMBER!  READ THE LABEL.

This client information sheet is based on material written by: Lifelearn Inc.

© Copyright 2009 Lifelearn Inc. Used and/or modified with permission under license.

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