Getting a new prescription for your pup can be overwhelming and confusing. The best possible option is always to discuss the new medications with your dog’s vet, however, if you still have some unanswered questions — we will try to give you some answers. Here is everything you have to know about Tussigon for dogs.
What is Tussigon?
Tussigon, or also known as Hydrocodone bitartrate is an opiate agonist used to treat pain and cough in dogs. It’s fairly commonly prescribed for different medical conditions that dogs can have.
It can be prescribed “off label” and “extra label”. In the most common cases the prescriptions are “off label”. In those instances it crucial to carefully follow your vet’s directions and cautions, as they can be widely different from the ones on the drug’s label.
How to give Tussigon to dogs?
Hydrocodone (Tussigon) is given orally, with or without food, in the form of a tablet or liquid solution.
If, by any chance, your dogs starts to throw up after receiving the medication on an empty stomach — make sure to give him the next dose with some food or a treat. That way it will be easier on his stomach and your dog is less likely to vomit the medications out.
The effects will kick in quite quickly, in about one to two hours. After that time, some improvements in the clinical signs should appear.
The dosage is approximately 0.25mg/kg orally every six to 12 hours.
What to do if I miss a dose of the medication?
If by any chance you miss a dose of Tussigon, give it when you remember. However, if it’s close to the time of the second dose — simply skip it. It would be dangerous to give your dogs two doses in a short time frame. After that stick to your regular schedule time, and make sure to not skip another dose.
Are there any possible side effects of Tussigon for dogs?
Just like with any other medications, side effects are possible. The possible side effects of Tussigon include sedation, constipation, vomiting, or other gastrointestinal disturbances. This short-acting medication should stop working within 24 hours, although effects can be longer in pets with different liver or kidney disease.
What are the risks of giving Tussigon for dogs?
Different risks are possible. First of all, never give Tussigon to your dog if he has allergies to narcotics or if your dog has diarrhea due to a toxin.
If your canine has low thyroid levels, severe kidney disease, Addison’s disease, head injuries, sudden abdominal conditions or increased intracranial pressure — use Tussigon with caution. Do the same with geriatric, pregnant, nursing, or debilitated dogs.
It should be used with extreme caution in pets with respiratory disease accompanied by increased secretions or in pets receiving nebulization.
Are there any drug interactions I should be aware of?
The following medications should be used with caution when given with hydrocodone: acepromazine, anticholinergics, antidepressants (tricyclic and MOA inhibitors), CNS depressants, escitalopram, and quinidine.
Make sure to always tell your veterinarian about any medications (including vitamins, supplements, or even herbal therapies) that your dog is taking.
Should I monitor my dog while he’s on Tussigon?
While no specific monitoring is suggested, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your dog. Your vet may also do some extra monitoring just to make sure that the drug is working the way it should.
You should be on the lookout for symptoms such as: yellowing of the skin, persistent gastrointestinal upset, bloody vomit or stool. Therefore if you notice any of the listed symptoms in your dog, contact your vet immediately.
How should I store Tussigon?
Tussigon should always be stored away from light and at room temperature.
I think my dog overdosed on Tussigon — What should I do?!
Just like with any other medications — an overdose is possible! It’s considered a medical emergency, which means that every second is precious. Take your dog to the vet as soon as possible. They will most likely induce vomiting to get the drug out of your dog’s system.
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