Tussigon For Dogs Side Effects

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Joyce McVey Says:


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What dosage should a 22lb - 11 year old dog be on?



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David Says:

Hi Joyce,

From what I could gather, the following dosage is standard for suppressing a dog's cough:
"Hydrocodone (Hycodan, Tussigon) 5mg tablet, oral solution. 0.25 - 0.5mg/kg po starting dose."

The key factor in treating dogs with these medications is if you truly want to reduce or stop a cough you must be aggressive in both dose and frequency of administration. It often requires 4 to 6-hour administration to suppress a cough to a degree that you will notice clinical benefit. The only limiting factor to dose and frequency is sedation. Once the cough cycle has been suppressed for a few days and the airway mucosa is less irritated the frequency of administration can often be reduced.

Ref: fvmace.org/FVMA_83rd_Annual_Conference/Proceedings/Coughingdogs.html

There's no real definitive information on the types of side effects a dog might experience (v.s. that which a human experiences) when taking prescription drugs, other than a sedating effect.

Have you spoken to your vet about using this medication yet?

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