Guaifenesin (Small Animal)
This medication affects the central nervous system by blocking nerve transmission causing relaxation of the muscles and sedation in horses. Guaifenesin is available as a tablet, syrup, powder, and as an injectable medication.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- A centrally acting muscle relaxant that may provide some sedation
- Can be used by intravenous (IV) injection with other medications as an adjunct for short procedure anesthesia
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING
- Not commonly used in a hospital as part of a balanced anesthetic protocol
- Used in combination with other products as a cough suppressant
Most injectable anesthetics are only given in the safety of the veterinary hospital and would never be prescribed for use at home.
Baseline blood work may be recommended to assess your pet's general health before giving this medication.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Guaifenesin should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dark place at room temperature away from heat and direct light.
Guaifenesin should only be used in a facility that has appropriate monitoring, ability to deliver oxygen, and patient care available.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
- This medication can cause mild hypotension and an increase in heart rate
- Excessive or repeated administration can cause a prolonged recovery
- This medication can cause tissue damage if given outside of a blood vessel, it should always be administered with a catheter
- If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Appropriate analgesics will need to be provided for painful procedures as this medication does not provide a significant amount of pain relief
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur when giving Guaifenesin in conjunction with: physostigmine and other central nervous system depressants
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Guaifenesin
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Injectable guaifenesin should not be used in animals where general anesthesia or sedation is contraindicated
- Use with caution in animals with known liver disease
- Use with caution in animal with cardiovascular disease
- Use with caution in animals that are severely debilitated or in shock
- Use with caution in animals with a known bleeding disorder
- Animals that may be pregnant or nursing
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug should not take this medication
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
- When your pet will need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, Guaifenesin should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Guaifenesin. If you have any questions or concerns about this medication or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.