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Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant medication that is used to help control urinary incontinence (dribbling) in dogs. It may also be used to relieve nasal congestion.



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.
  • DO NOT give more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses since this will negate the effect of the medicine.


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.
  • Liquid medications should be protected from light and freezing.
  • 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?

"Contact your veterinarian if your dog becomes very restless or irritable or if incontinence increases or persists."

  • The most likely side effects include fast heartbeat, central nervous system excitement, restlessness and difficulty sleeping. Other, less common side effects may include high blood pressure and a decreased appetite.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your dog becomes very restless or irritable or if incontinence increases or persists.
  • 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 what other medication you are giving to your dog.
  • 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 pseudoephedrine: other sympathomimetic agents (e.g. ephedrine), monoamine oxidase inhibitors.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.


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