Compounded Fluoxetine (Prozac)
Fluoxetine is a medication used in animal and humans. In animals, it is often used to treat behavioral problems such as aggression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety in dogs, cats, and birds. It has also been shown useful in treating cats that have inappropriate urination or spraying. It has been FDA approved to treat separation anxiety in dogs. This medication takes several doses before you see any effect. It often takes several weeks before you see the full effect of the medication. While it can be frustrating, it is important to dose the patients consistently during this refractory period. Sometimes it can take upwards of 3 weeks in order to see a change in behavior. Fluoxetine does require a prescription from your veterinarian/doctor in order to be dispensed. You and your doctor should discuss if this is the best treatment option.
Fluoxetine can be taking orally or be dosed in the inner ear flap through transdermal route. We compound this medication into suspensions, capsules, chewable tablets, and transdermal creams. When given orally, this medication can be given with or without food. If you miss a dose do not double up on the medication. Wait until the next dose is due and follow the normal dosing schedule as directed. Do not stop this medication abruptly without doctors’ guidance.
Common side effects include drowsiness and reduced appetite. Rare side effects that may be serious include aggression and seizures. If these occur contact the veterinarian immediately. Overdoses of this medication can be serious. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or poison control. This medication should not be given to any patient that has a history of seizures or take other medications that lower seizure threshold.