Compounded Hydrocodone (Hycodan) For Dogs and Cats
Hydrocodone is an opiate medication used to treat a variety of different aliments in many species. In humans, dogs and cats, it may be used to treat pain. In combination with homatropine, it is also used as a cough suppressant. This medication should help with in 1 to 2 hours of receiving the dosage. Clinical signs should improve after 1-2 hours and continue to improve as time goes on. Hydrocodone is a controlled substance and does require a prescription from your veterinarian or doctor in order to be dispense. You and your veterinarian/physician should discuss if this is the best treatment option.
Hydrocodone is taken orally or given by transdermal route and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits your pet. We compound this medication into suspension, capsule, and transdermal creams. We also offer the FDA hydrocodone/homatropine (Hycodan) tablets and suspension. This medication can be given on an empty stomach or with food. It is important that the suspension is measured out precisely to the exact prescribed dosing and is only given as directed by the veterinarian. It is important not to miss any doses of this medication or it may not be effective. 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.
Common side effects include sleepiness, lack of energy, weakness, constipation, itching, reduction in appetite. Overdoses of this medication can be serious. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or poison control.