Pet Medication 101: Tylenol
It’s important to understand a medication’s uses and side effects before giving it to your pet. This medication info sheet is meant to give you a good understanding of what Tylenol (acetaminophen) is used for, how it works, and potential side effects in cats and dogs. Always consult a veterinarian before giving your pet any medication.
1. Drug Name:
2. Common Name or Brand Name:
3 How Dispensed:
Over-the-counter and prescription (when combined with codeine)
tablet, caplet, chewable tablets, oral liquid, rectal suppositories. Multiple strengths are available so be sure to read the label carefully.
5. Drug Type/Class:
COX inhibitor, not a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID)
6. Uses for Cats and/or Dogs:
Analgesic/pain reliever, anti-fever
7. How it Works:
While the full mechanism is not fully understood, it is thought that acetaminophen inhibits COX 3 and COX 1, which helps to block pain and swelling.
8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:
Potential for kidney, liver, GI, and blood problems. May also cause respiratory distress, cyanosis, depression, and even death.
9. Drug Interactions:
Barbiturates, certain chemotherapy drugs, certain dewormers
10. Cautionary Statements:
Never give to cats. Use with caution in pets with liver or kidney disease.
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