Stanozolol is an anabolic steroid used in dogs (rarely in cats) to improve appetite, promote weight gain and increase strength and vitality. Stanozolol is a controlled substance requiring you to acquire a new prescription every 6 months from your veterinarian.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- An anabolic steroid (related to testosterone)
- Tablets are given by mouth, or the injectable form is given by your veterinarian
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To improve appetite and cause weight gain by building up the body tissues
- To increase the production of red blood cells in chronically anemic patients
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Use with extreme caution in cats, as liver damage can result
- Animals that may be pregnant or nursing or very young
- Breeding males
- Use with caution in animals with water retention, heart or kidney disease, pituitary gland disease, or those with diabetes
- Animals with mammary cancer or prostate conditions
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug or like drugs should not take this medication
Read and follow the prescription label carefully.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.
This medication should be given with food.
Give this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian. Several weeks may pass before desired results are seen (eg. improvement in anemia).
Baseline blood work and urinalysis may be recommended to assess your pet’s general health before starting this drug.
Periodic blood work and urinalysis to monitor Stanozolol's effect on the body is also advised as long-term therapy is often necessary.
Dose adjustments may be made based upon these results, any adverse effects and an assessment of how your pet is responding clinically.
Because this drug is a controlled substance, you will need to get a new prescription every 6 months from your veterinarian.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
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. If you have difficulty giving this medication, consult your veterinarian who can offer administration techniques or change the dosage form that may be easier to give.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- This medication acts like a male hormone. Females may exhibit male behavior (eg. mounting), or cause them to not come into heat. If other behavioral changes occur, discuss this with your veterinarian.
- Water retention and swelling of the limbs
- Blood calcium levels may increase which would show up in your pet as weakness, fatigue or an irregular heart beat
- May alter insulin requirements in diabetic animals
- Concurrent corticosteroid use may increase rise of swelling
- Liver and thyroid laboratory tests may be affected
- Prolonged use has been associated with liver damage (jaundice, vomiting) and behavioral changes
- If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur when giving Stanozolol in conjunction with other steroids, insulin or warfarin
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Stanozolol
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
An overdose may cause increased swelling/water retention. Contact your veterinarian immediately if this occurs or your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
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, Stanozolol 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 Stanozolol. If you have any questions or concerns about Stanozolol or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.