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Treats pets with mental illnesses and behaviors (e.g., OCD, depression, anxiety)
Fluoride Hydrochloride is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
Improves mood with the 'happy chemical' and 'feel-good hormone'
One tablet or capsule administered daily


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At a Glance
Treats pets with mental illnesses and behaviors (e.g., OCD, depression, anxiety)
Fluoride Hydrochloride is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
Improves mood with the 'happy chemical' and 'feel-good hormone'
One tablet or capsule administered daily

Ultimate Guide to Fluoxetine

Meet Pet Anxiety Medication: Fluoxetine!

Fluoxetine is a veterinarian-recommended, FDA-approved, and “extra-label” antidepressant, like Prozac and Xanax, that treats mental illnesses and behaviors in dogs and cats. Fluoxetine is a daily, oral tablet, or capsule. Fluoxetine ensures that your pet will be in the best condition that it can be.

How does Fluoxetine for cats and dogs work?

Fluoxetine is an antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication that is the generic version of the brands Prozac, Xanax, and Reconcile. Mental illnesses and negative behaviors that these medicines are recommended to treat include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), separation anxiety, aggressive behavior, depression, and panic disorders.

Fluoxetine Hydrochloride is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibition (SSRI) that inhibits the reabsorption of serotonin, called the “happy chemical” or the “feel-good hormone”. Serotonin is a major neurotransmitter in the brain that improves the pet 's mood and changes the chemical messages that the brain receives.

How is Fluoxetine for dogs and cats administered?

Fluoxetine is administered orally once a day in a typical dosage of 0.5 to 0.9 mg per pound. For example, a 30-pound dog might take 15 to 27 mg per day. The veterinarian prescribes the Fluoxetine dosage that the pet will take daily. Fluoxetine can take four to six weeks to have a real effect.

What are the precautions of which you and your veterinarian should be aware?

Fluoxetine for cats and dogs should not be administered to pets with hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to the drug, or those pets that have a history of seizures.

Inform your veterinarian before using Fluoxetine and other similar veterinary products. Various medications have negative interactions with Fluoxetine, such as some pain medications, anti-inflammatories, and other anti-depressants. Also, over-the-counter medications and some herbal supplements might not combine well with Fluoxetine.

What are Fluoxetine side effects of which you should be aware?

If any of the following occur, contact your veterinarian immediately:

Serious side effects are seizures, tremors, shivering, twitching, muscle stiffness, coordination problems, agitation, confusion, sweating, and a fast heartbeat. Less serious side effects are dizziness, lethargy, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, changes in appetite, weight changes, and dry mouth.

Seek emergency care if you observe severe allergic reactions, such as a skin rash, swelling, hives, or difficulty breathing. Contact your veterinarian if symptoms worsen or behavior is negatively impacted.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What do the Fluoxetine reviews say?

    Fluoxetine reviews rate 5 out of 5 stars. Most reviewers say that Fluoxetine, as the generic for Prozac, is a superb, effective product that changes their anxiety-ridden pet to a wonderful companion. One Fluoxetine review said that the product “saved [their] happy home”.

  2. Is there a difference between Fluoxetine for cats vs. Fluoxetine for dogs?

    Behavioral issues and Fluoxetine therapies may be used differently between cats and dogs. Fluoxetine for cats tends to be in therapies to aid some forms of anxiety that form into aggressive behaviors, OCD, and hyperactivity. Fluoxetine for dogs tends to treat OCD, separation anxiety, and some forms of aggression.

  3. What is the typical Fluoxetine dosage?

    The typical Fluoxetine dosage is 0.5 to 0.9 mg per pound. For example, a 20-pound pet would take 10 to 18 mg. Fluoxetine 40 mg, 20 mg, and 10 mg capsules are available.

  4. Which Fluoxetine tablets are available?

    Fluoxetine tablets come in 10 mg and 20 mg.

Concluding Thoughts

The most important thing that you should know about Fluoxetine is its powerful ability to heal mental illnesses and behaviors in pets (e.g., OCD, depression, or anxiety) and to save your happy home!

DISCLAIMER: FDA law restricts Fluoxetine to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian for the best pet health care advice. Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427. This informative article does not substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and professional advice from your veterinarian or other qualified professionals regarding a medical condition.

Fluxoetine is the Generic Alternative to Prozac.
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What Is Fluoxetine Good For?

Fluoxetine tablet is a type of antidepressant which falls under the classification of SSRI or most commonly known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Fluoxetine is often used for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, bulimia nervosa, and sometimes major or minor depressive disorder. The medicine Fluoxetine is often used in your pets, whether itโ€™s a cat or dog, for the recovery from depression. Fluoxetine has fewer unwanted effects in comparison to the previously used or older antidepressant. It is highly recommended by most veterinarians for pets.

Can I Give My Cat Fluoxetine?

Fluoxetine is very often recommended by reputable veterinarians for its usage in your pets. Fluoxetine is generally a very safe drug if given to your cat at the recommended prescribed dosage. The possibility or occurrence of any long-term negative health effect in your cat is very unlikely to happen or very low by Fluoxetine. If by any chance your pet shows any signs of discomfort after the usage of the medicine. It is highly recommended that you consult your veterinarian immediately for diagnosis.

How Much Fluoxetine Can You Give a Cat?

Fluoxetine is one of the best antidepressants present in the pharmaceutical market for your pets. The recommended dosage of drugs can vary for different pets because of their body, size, and metabolism. For dogs, the amount of Fluoxetine administered for a single day can be around one to two milligrams per two pounds of the bodyweight of the pet. As for your catโ€™s daily dosage, you can administer half a milligram to one milligram of Fluoxetine per two pounds of your petโ€™s body weight. Before administration of any drug, you can consult your veterinarian.

How Long Does It Take for Fluoxetine to Work in Cats?

The medicine Fluoxetine has the main ingredient as Fluoxetine Hydrochloride. It is the Generic Alternative to Prozac. It is generally used in your cats when it shows any behavior of urine marking. The efficiency of Fluoxetine can also be compared to the tricyclic antidepressant compound Clomipramine. To achieve results in over ninety percent of cats, it is very important that Fluoxetine is administered daily to your pet for at least eight weeks. After this period of treatment, your pet will show some behavioral changes. As long as they are given the medicine properly your cat will gradually stop the behavior of marking.

How Long Does It Take Fluoxetine to Work in Dogs?

For Fluoxetine to efficiently work in your dog, veterinarians generally recommend the usage of the medicine for at least eight to nine weeks. After the application of Fluoxetine for four weeks to your dog, the drug will start working. Once Fluoxetine starts working, there will be neurological changes in your dog. And if there are no changes found in your pet, you must contact your veterinarian immediately. As research shows about thirty percent of dogs are not affected by Fluoxetine. As long as this is the case your veterinarian will change the prescription to an alternate medication. Hence being in touch with your veterinarian can be useful at these times. Monitor the situation properly after the administration of the medication.

What Side Effects Does Fluoxetine Have?

There are various side effects that can be found in your cat that are caused by Fluoxetine. The commonly found adverse symptoms in cats are anorexia, and also some behavioral changes such as irritability, anxiety, insomnia, hyperactivity, and depression. The most commonly found side effect in your cat is anorexia. As anorexia directly affects your petโ€™s apatite. You must closely monitor your petโ€™s food intake and body weight. If any of the above-mentioned ailments is noticed in your pet, it is advisable to contact your veterinarian for further diagnosis of your pet.

Can a Cat Overdose on Fluoxetine?

If an excessive amount of Fluoxetine is accidentally administered to your pet there are high chances, your pet may suffer from toxicity or overdose. In the case of dogs, if fifty milligrams of Fluoxetine per pound of its body weight or more is applied to your pet there is a large possibility that it may suffer from high toxicity. If the situation is not properly taken care of it can be fatal. For your cat, a dose of twenty-five milligrams per pound of its body weight or more may prove to be fatal for your pet. If by chance such a situation may occur you should directly take your pet to your veterinarian for immediate treatment.

Fluoxetine Hydrochloride

An antidepressant belonging to the serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class, Fluoxetine is primarily used to treat behavior problems in dogs and cats including obsessive compulsive disorders such as constant licking, and feather picking in birds. Fluoxetine is also used in the treatment of aggression behavior in pets. The veterinary formulation of Fluoxetine namely; Reconcile is recommended for dogs with separation anxiety. Fluoxetine is also used to treat itchiness that does not respond to conventional therapies.

Stop giving fluoxetine to your dog or cat if signs of an allergic reaction occur such as: skin rash, hives, difficulty breathing; throat, face lips, ton or throat swelling. Seek emergency care if allergy symptoms are severe. Contact your veterinarian if symptoms worsen or behavior is negatively impacted.

More serious side effects include seizures (convulsions); tremors, shivering, muscle stiffness or twitching; a red, blistering, peeling skin rash; problems with balance or coordination; or agitation, confusion, sweating, fast heartbeat. If any of these occur contact your veterinarian immediately.

Less serious side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, changes in appetite, weight changes, dry mouth. If these issues become problematic contact your veterinarian.

Certain pain medications and anti-inflammatories including carprofen, piroxicam, etodolac, and others could negatively interact with Fluoxetine.

Inform your veterinarian before giving your cat or dog these medications because they can cause increased bruising and bleeding.

Let your veterinarian know if your pet is being given digoxin, diazepam (Valium), phenytoin (Dilantin), warfarin (Coumadin), amitriptyline (Elavil), imipramine (Tofranil).

Other drugs could also interact with fluoxetine. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines including herbal supplement.

Fluoxetine can cause numerous side effects in animals. This medicine should not be administered in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug. Fluoxetine must not be prescribed for animals with a history of seizures. Before administering the medicine to your pet, consult a veterinarian and determine if Fluoxetine has the possibility to interact with other medications. The drugs which normally interact with Fluoxetine include monoamine oxidase inhibitors (selegiline), diazepam, phenylbutazone, digoxin or buspirone.

Ask your veterinarian or consult with one of our pet care specialists at 1-800-844-1427.

This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website. Our medications are FDA approved and/or EPA regulated when and as required by law.

Give Fluoxetine as prescribed by your veterinarian. Do not exceed prescribed dosage. This medication can take up to 4-6 weeks to take effect.

Keep in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

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