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My friend's vet told her to give her eight-month-old kitten ... feel inclined to trust this particular vet's advice. Thank you.

Well, I think she should not give the cat any drug without a prescription even if it is an over ... of an adult human. So you should get the dose prescribed for an adult human and divide it by 140.

It doesn't always work that simply. For ex., one of my cats used to take a medication (Actigall) which came in 300 mg capsules - for a human. For a 10 lb. cat, her dosage was 75 mg, which was ¼ the human dose. When taking Pepcid, she needed to take either ¼ or one-fifth (can't remember) of a human/adult tablet. IOW, it was not in direct proportion weight-wise, as one may guess it to be.
As to below, I've been taking Sudafed - or more often its generic - for years on end for allergies, OTC. I've read stuff along these (below) lines before in the last year or so, & personally, I think the semi-flap over its use as a decongestant is overblown.
Cathy

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Ideally, your friend should look up if this drug is
I just checked with my vet clinic and they only list dosages for dogs, and the vet said she would ... 125-175 pound human would take. Giving that to a 6 pound cat goes beyond the bounds of common sense. Megan

This doesn't surprise me, but I'm glad you checked. It sounded outrageous. But here's the part I really don't understand. Why prescribe human-packaged Sudafed at all? There's bound to be a veterinary equivalent that's properly dosed & safer for a small animal. This vet is starting to sound like a real piece of work.
Sherry
Thanks to you and all for the input. I also ... at 1 on Saturdays, so I really appreciate the input.

That really does sound like huge dosage for a cat, although I am sometimes surprised at the "carry-over" of medications ... same vet who "accidentally" declawed the cat. (Incidentally, I do hope he is providing follow-up care free of charge!) MaryL

IMO if he couldn't do it right the first time, I would not trust him a second time. MLB
I just did a google search because I have taken sudafed before and, although I tolerate almost every medication I've ever taken well, sudafed makes me very hyper and unable to sleep. 30 mg seems awful high for a little kitten.

It does seem high as the human dose is 60 mg. However, the cat dose of valium is 2.5 mg, while the human dose range starts at 5.0 mg. So these things cannot always be scaled due to differences in metabolism between cats and humans.
circa Sat, 15 Nov 2003 15:06:45 -0500, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Wendy (Email Removed) said,
They sell various products under the pseudofed name

It's the other way around- pseudoephedrine is sold under various brand names (Sudafed being the most well-known).
Pseudoephedrine/pseudofed is always pseudoephedrine HCL. What is important is that if* pseudoephedrine is given (and I'm still not sure that it should be given to a cat), it needs to be a drug that is not billed as being used for multiple symptoms (such as headache and congestion). Those drugs contain pseudoephedrine *plus things such as acetominophen.
Plain Sudafed is pseudoephedrine HCL and nothing else.

With that said, 30mg sounds like much, much too high a dose to me. I take a prescription that contains 120mg pseudoephedrine, which is a high dose for a human- OTC pseudoephedrine dosage is half that. While I'm not a large person, I'm certainly more than four times the weight of the average cat. I would think that 10mg would even be high for an animal weighing ten pounds or so. Three* mg sounds a lot more reasonable than *thirty to me (again, if it's indicated for cats at all).
Laura

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if I can remember any of the damn things.
-Dorothy Parker
circa Sun, 16 Nov 2003 03:58:55 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Laura R. (Email Removed) said,
With that said, 30mg sounds like much, much too high a dose to me.

However, upon researching, 30mg is the dose recommended for small dogs, so maybe it's not so off for cats.
Laura

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-Josh Billings
circa Sat, 15 Nov 2003 14:27:23 -0600, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, MaryL (Email Removed) said,
I used to take Sudafed. Would that be the same medication, despite the variation in spelling? If so, it worked well for me and did not cause drowsiness one of the few decongestants that did not cause me to fall asleep.

Very few decongestants cause drowsiness. In fact, there are really very few decongestants on the market. The vast* majority of drugs that offer decongestant capability contain pseudoephedrine. *Antihistamines are notorious for causing drowsiness, however, and unfortunately, a lot of people aren't aware of the differences between antihistamines and decongestants.
Laura

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circa 15 Nov 2003 15:40:48 -0800, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Liz (Email Removed) said,
While no one will reveal details of the options to be considered, the Herald has been told that methods used ... sold in packets of 60 or 90 tablets. The product contains pseudoephedrine, the substance used to make methamphetamine, or speed.

Baking soda is used to make crack; are they going to ban that, too? Ridiculous.
Laura

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They sell various products under the pseudofed name

With that said, 30mg sounds like much, much too high a dose to me. Laura

It sounds high to me, too. When I used Sudafed, it came in little red hard-coated tablets. A full dose was 2 tablets (which I think would be 60mg). I always took a half-dose (1 tablet, 30 mg), so the dosage sounds incredibly high for a little cat.
MaryL
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