Hydroxyzine HCL Pet Medication
- Availability: OTC
- Active Ingredient(s):
- What is Hydroxyzine HCL used for?
Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine used to treat allergies. It is also used for sedation and/or tranquilization.
- How Hydroxyzine HCL should be used?
Hydroxyzine is not FDA approved for veterinary use; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs. The usual dose in dogs is 1mg/pound every 6-8 hours. It is not recommended for use in cats.
- What are the side effects?
The side effects of hydroxyzine may include drowsiness and sedation, incoordination, weakness, nausea and increased thirst.
- What special precautions are there?
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it or other antihistamines. Use with caution in animals with heart disease, glaucoma, urinary obstruction or intestinal obstruction. Do not use in pregnant or nursing animals. Use with caution when given with other CNS depressant drugs such as acepromazine; monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as selegilene and Preventic collars; anticholinergics such as atropine and metoclopramide; and medications used for wheezing such as theophylline, epinephrine or ephedrine. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking.
- In the event of overdose?
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include sedation and low blood pressure.
- How should I store Hydroxyzine HCL?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store this medication at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and should NOT be considered veterinary advice. Any veterinary questions should be referred to your veterinarian. This information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. Please make your own inquiries with your veterinarian for the suitability of a product for your pet.