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My 16-year-old dog was recently prescribed hydroxyzine hcl

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for an itch/allergy. After three doses...
My 16-year-old dog was recently prescribed hydroxyzine hcl for an itch/allergy.
After three doses, she now has trouble walking straight and seems to have balance issues that were never a problem before.
Also, she has trouble staying upright when going to the bathroom and we often have to help her up after.
I would take her back to the vet but those trips take a toll on her anxiety and I don't trust them to give her medicine anymore (this isn't the first time she had had reactions to medication and she has a heart murmur).
Any advice you could provide would be greatly appreciated!
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I should add that I basically am wondering if this is a temporary side effect that will wear off. It's been about 36 hours since her last dose.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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The most likely adverse effect associated with hydroxyzine is sedation. In dogs this is usually mild and transient. Occasionally antihistamines such as hydroxyzine can cause a hyperexcitability reaction and we do have reports in dogs developing fine rapid tremors, whole body tremors and, rarely, seizures while receiving this drug and so Candy's ataxia ("drunken sailor") might well be yet another adverse effect involving the central nervous system. I'm willing to "watchful wait" a full 72 hours to see if Candy remisses. If you didn't see full remission by that time other causes of ataxia need to be considered such as the "old dog vestibular syndrome" or mild stroke - neither of which have specific treatments other than the tincture of time and good husbandry which you're currently providing Candy. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about Candy. How is everything going?
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