5 Common Toxic Prescription Medications


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According to a recent study 5 of the most common people medications that can be toxic to pets include :

 

 

  • Lipitor® (atorvastatin)

 

      1. used for regulating cholesterol, mildly irritating, may cause vomiting or diarrhea, not commonly used on pets

 

  • Nexium® (esomeprazole)

 

      1. reduces gastric acid secretion to help with ulcers, also mildly irritating, may cause vomiting or diarrhea, may be used in select cases on pets

 

  • Plavix® (clopidogrel)

 

      1. blood thinner, reduces risk of stroke, wide safety margins, again mildly irritating, may cause vomiting or diarrhea, not generally used on pets

 

  • Advair Diskus® (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol)

 

      1. inhaler that treats asthma containing steroids to decrease inflammation of the lungs, doses vary widely so extreme caution around pets is required, can cause increased heart rate, irregular heart rate, dog may be irritable, vomiting, collapse and extremely low potassium levels which can result in death, pets that ingest this medication should be seen by a veterinarian immediately

 

  • Abilify® (aripiprazole)

 

    1. a psychotherapy drug for several disorders, keep away from pets, can cause extreme lethargy, vomiting, hyperthermia, sudden changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and seizures, and death if left untreated, pets that ingest this medication should be seen by a veterinarian immediately

 

Like all things, be cautious around pets and small children with any prescription medication. A general rule of thumb could be “If you’re not sure, keep it behind the door”. Stay safe.

 

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