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Does your dog have a medical condition that may require Tussigon? Is your dog taking Tussigon and you would like to know the side effects? Tussigon is a cough suppressant that may be prescribed for different reasons. If you are in need of additional information about this medication, then read below for similar questions answered by verified Experts.

What is Tussigon for dogs?

Tussigon is hydrocodone for dogs. It is a drug that can only be obtained from a licensed veterinarian as a prescription. This opiate can be used against diarrhea, as analgesics, for cardiovascular conditions, or as a cough suppressant. Its main purpose in dogs is as a cough suppressant.        

What are Tussigon side effects that a dog may experience?

The most common side effects of Tussigon include:

  • drowsiness
  • sedation
  • constipation
  • dry nose
  • dry mouth
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • thick nasal discharge  

If, however, an elevated fever is noticed then the medication should be discontinued.

Can Tussigon be used for a dog diagnosed with allergic bronchitis?

Allergic bronchitis is an inflammatory condition and the cornerstone of treatment is steroids such as prednisone. Anti-cough (antitussive) medications such as Tussigon can also be used.  The disease is never cured but the goal of reducing the coughing and breathing difficulty is the focus.

What over-the-counter drug can be substituted for Tussigon until a vet can be seen?

A cough suppressant such as dextromethorphan can be used to ease the coughing. It may not work as well as Tussigon but it can be sold over-the-counter. There are many OTC cough medications that are a combination of medications so caution would be needed in choosing the right one. Some may contain ingredients such as acetaminophen or caffeine which are not good for dogs. The dose of dextromethorphan for dogs is .25-.05mg per pound of body weight. This should only be given every eight hours.

Is there a contraindication in taking Tussigon with Anipryl?

Tussigon is a narcotic cough suppressant and may have a reaction with Anipryl. Each dog’s body may react differently.

Are Tussigon’s cough suppression properties problematic in a dog with tracheal collapse?

The tracheal collapse is the underlying problem. For this condition narcotic suppressants such as Tussigon is the only thing that may work. Typically, a non-productive cough such as this would require a cough suppressant. If it is a productive cough then it should not be used. Tussigon’s respiratory suppression effects are mild.

If a dog was diagnosed with collapsed trachea, what purpose would Tussigon, Temaril-P, theophylline and Torbutrol  medications serve?

Each medication serves its own purpose. Tussigon is a narcotic cough suppressant and can help ease coughing in dogs with a collapsed trachea.  Theophylline is a bronchodilator that can help open up lung airways. So this can be used if there are lung changes that were seen on x-rays but it is not solely used for a collapsed trachea. Temaril-P is an antihistamine combined with a low dose steroid. If there is inflammation in the trachea this could help or if allergies are making the condition worse. Torbutrol can also be used as a cough suppressant.

Tussigon can be helpful if your dog is experiencing a non-productive cough. Questions about Tussigon’s addictive qualities or approximate shelf-life can arise even after visiting with a veterinarian. If you have questions about complications your dog is having from Tussigon or how to administer this drug contact Experts so that you can have clarity. Verified Experts are available day and night to answer all your questions.

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