UriCon™ 50 mg
GENERIC NAME:Phenylpropanolamine hydrochloride
Phenylpropanolamine is used in dogs for long-term management of urinary incontinence conditions. This drug improves the tone of the sphincter muscles, particularly the urethra and the bladder neck. Phenylpropanolamine capsules are available by prescription from your veterinarian.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- For long-term management of urinary incontinence (urine leakage) in dogs by tightening the bladder sphincter muscle
- May be used in combination with diethylstilbesterol (an estrogen)
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Dogs with glaucoma, prostate disease, overactive thyroid, diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure
- Pets taking MAO inhibitors (Mitaban® Dip, Preventic® Flea Collars, Anipryl®). Phenylpropanolamine should not be used within 2 weeks of their use.
- Pregnant and nursing dogs
- If your pet has had an allergic reaction to phenylpropanolamine or like products before
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can or urinary incontinence will reappear. 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:
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- Phenylpropanolamine was taken off the human market in 1999 because it caused extreme high blood pressure and strokes in some humans. There have been no reports of these effects in animals when used at normal doses.
- Since it is a stimulant, your pet may experience restlessness, irritability, high blood pressure, rapid heart rate and loss of appetite
- If your pet shows any of these symptoms or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur with beta-blockers, chlorpromazine, digoxin, ephedrine, epinephrine, halogenated anesthetic agents, nonsteroidal antiinflammatories, reserpine and tricyclic antidepressants
- Do not use phenylpropanolamine within 2 weeks of using MAO inhibitors (Mitaban® Dip, Preventic® Flea Collars, Anipryl®, isoniazid)
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
- When will your pet 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