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Propranolol

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Propranolol is a non-selective beta blocking agent, which is used to correct irregular heartbeat. Propranolol decreases the heart's need for blood and oxygen and therefore reduces the amount of work the heart must do. Propranolol may also be used to decrease high blood pressure. This medication may be prescribed for other conditions as determined by your veterinarian.

 

How do I give this medication?propranolol-1

"DO NOT stop giving this medication to your pet without first consulting the veterinarian."

  • 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(s) each day.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.
  • DO NOT stop giving this medication to your pet without first consulting the veterinarian.
  • To ensure that you don't run out of medication, call your veterinarian ahead of time when your pet requires a refill of the medication.

 

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?

  • The following side effects have been reported and usually occur in older pets: slow heart rate, drowsiness, worsening heart failure, low blood pressure, low blood sugar levels, difficulty breathing (bronchoconstriction), diarrhea, temporary loss of consciousness.
  • Notify your veterinarian if your pet is very tired, has trouble exercising, begins wheezing, develops shortness of breath or cough or if it's attitude or behavior change.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.


Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian if you are giving your pet any other medication or supplements.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may be anticipated. If this occurs, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following drugs can potentially interact with propranolol: sympathomimetics, anesthetic agents, phenothiazines, thyroid hormones, methimazole, propylthiouracil, cimetidine, furosemide, hydralazine, tubocurarine, succinylcholine, phenobarbital, rifampin, phenytoin, epinephrine, insulin, lidocaine, theophyllin, calcium channel blockers, and antacids.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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

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