My friend's vet told her to give her eight-month-old kitten 30 mgs of regular Pseudofed for her respiratory congestion. He has the cat on some sort of antibiotics, but my friend wanted to do more because the cat is so uncomfortable and congested, very sleepy, won't play, etc. This kitten was spayed and declawed one week ago Friday (declaw was unwanted, see thread "Tragic Mistake" before getting out the flame throwers, please!).
Has anyone given this OTC drug for humans to their cats? Needless to say I do not feel inclined to trust this particular vet's advice. Thank you.
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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.

http://www.pettimes.com/

"The ingredients in these preparations for humans often include a decongestant such as pseudoephedrine, an antihistamine, and a painkiller such as acteaminophen. If these drugs are ingested, dogs and cats may show signs ranging from lethargy to excitement to seizures. Even vapor rub and zinc lozenges can make pets sick. If a pet eats any amount of human medication, call your veterinarian and be ready to describe what, when, and how much the pet ate.
It may seem odd that the same drug helpful to a human could make a pet very sick. But, not only are pets much smaller than we are, but their bodies work differently. That makes even a small amount of some human medications potentially lethal for pets. “It’s important to keep all your medications away from pets, and don’t try to medicate animals without first asking a veterinarian,” says Dr. Volmer."
But in
Respiratory Problems in Cats

under a letter, "Chronic upper respiratory infections," this other vet does say it is used sometimes. So I guess it's one of those things that is a matter of opinion. Do you personally have a vet you go to and trust who you could call and ask if this is a safe drug for kittens? This poor kitty is having such a hard time of it, it's so sad.
Candace
(take the litter out before replying by e-mail)
See my cats:

"One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human." (Loren Eisely)
If you get just pseudofed and not a combination medication it should be OK. They sell various products under the pseudofed name so careful label reading is in order. Make sure it ONLY contains pseudoepherine HCl.

http://www.pharmacyhealth.net/d/pseudofed-9124.htm
Wendy
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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.

http://www.pettimes.com/

"The ingredients in these preparations for humans often include a decongestant
such as pseudoephedrine, an antihistamine, and a painkiller such as acteaminophen. If these drugs are ingested, dogs and cats may show signs ranging from lethargy to excitement to seizures. Even vapor rub and zinc lozenges can make pets sick. If a pet eats any amount of human medication, call
your veterinarian and be ready to describe what, when, and how much the pet ate.
It may seem odd that the same drug helpful to a human could make a pet very sick. But, not only are pets much smaller than we are, but their bodies work differently. That makes even a small amount of some human medications potentially lethal for pets. "It's important to keep all your medications away from pets, and don't try to medicate animals without first asking a veterinarian," says Dr. Volmer."
But in
Respiratory Problems in Cats

under a letter, "Chronic upper respiratory infections," this other vet does say
it is used sometimes. So I guess it's one of those things that is a matter of
opinion. Do you personally have a vet you go to and trust who you could call
and ask if this is a safe drug for kittens? This poor kitty is having such a
hard time of it, it's so sad.
Candace
(take the litter out before replying by e-mail)
See my cats:

"One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other
than human." (Loren Eisely)
<< Has anyone given this OTC drug for humans to their cats? Needless to say I do not feel inclined ... ever taken well, sudafed makes mevery hyper and unable to sleep. 30 mg seems awful high for a little kitten.[/nq]
I have no idea if Sudafed (just the decongestant, not combined w/anything else) is okay for a cat or not. Otoh, even if it is, 30 mg seems high to me, too, since a human dose is 30 - 60 mg, every 4 - 6 hours.

Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
My friend's vet told her to give her eight-month-old kitten 30 mgs of regular Pseudofed for her respiratory congestion. He ... humans to their cats? Needless to say I do not feel inclined to trust this particular vet's advice. Thank you.

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. However, my doctor had me discontinue it. It has been a few years, but I think he told me to stop because it can cause high blood pressure.

MaryL
I used to take Sudafed. Would that be the same medication, despitethe variation in spelling?

-) That's what I meant, thanks. But strangely, it comes up in searches under the "pseudofed" spelling.
If so, it worked well for me and did not cause drowsiness one of the few decongestants that did ... It has been afew years, but I think he told me to stop because it can cause high bloodpressure. MaryL

Thanks to you and all for the input. I also think 30 mgs is too high for a 6 pound cat. My friend said she will half the dose, and make sure the product she buys only contains pseudoepherine HCl as Wendy mentioned.
My vet closes at 1 on Saturdays, so I really appreciate the input.
I used to take Sudafed. Would that be the same medication, despite the variation in spelling? If so, it worked ... has been a fewyears, but I think he told me to stop because it can cause high blood pressure. MaryL

Yes, it's the same - also produced as a generic. It's a decongestant & doesn't make people drowsy (as antihistamines sometimes do), if anything Sudafed keeps one awake. Yes, it can cause high bp.

Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
The Sudafed/suphedrine/pseuoephedrine hydrochloride tablets I take come in
30 mg little round tablets that have a brittle coating - can't imaginetrying to cut them in half. I also have 12 hour caplets that are 120 mg each; those could be cut, but would have to be cut into teensy pieces of 1/8 caplet to = 15 mg.
Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
Thanks to you and all for the input. I also ... the product she buys only contains pseudoepherine HCl asWendy mentioned.

The Sudafed/suphedrine/pseuoephedrine hydrochloride tablets I takecome in 30 mg little round tablets that have a brittle coating - can'timagine trying to cut them in half.

Well no wonder that is how much the vet recommended. It really makes no sense that the dosage for a little cat would be the same as the minimum dosage for a human that weighs 20 times what this cat weighs.
I also have 12 hour caplets that are 120 mg each; those could be cut, but would have to be cut into **** of 1/8 caplet to = 15 mg. Cathy

Thanks, Cathy. Maybe there is a generic that comes in regular tablets of 30 mgs. Or a children's version. She will call me later from the drug store and I will browse with her via the miracle of cellular phones. :-)
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