Hialeah Gardens, FL -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/15/2014 -- Clomipramine (Clomicalm®) is an antidepressant that is used to treat behavioral problems in cats and dogs. Dogs are prescribed the drug for separation anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (i.e. tail-chasing) and aggression due to dominance. Cats that spray, are aggressive with other cats and compulsively groom are usually given clomipramine. Behavioral modification has to be part of the regimen to permanently change the pet’s behavior and it will take several weeks to see the drug work.
The three most common side effects of clomipramine are dry mouth, sedation and an increased heart rate. In most cases, they should go away the longer the pet is on the medication, but call the veterinarian if they continue or get worse. Pets should not be on sedatives, other antidepressants and antianxiety medication, antihistamines, muscle relaxants and pain relievers if they are taking clomipramine.
If this drug is combined with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAIO) serious problems resembling an allergic reaction may occur (swelling of the face, difficulty, breathing and fever to name a few). If the animal receives too much clomipramine, they may get drowsy, agitated, confused, faint, experience low blood pressure and have seizures.
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