- It is chemically unrelated to other types of antidepressants
- Used to assist in behavior modification programs aimed at treating fear-based behaviors, aggression, anxiety, and compulsive behaviors in dogs.
- The drug is also used to treat excessive fearfulness, compulsive behaviors, urine marking, and aggression in cats.
Potential Side Effects:
- poor appetite
- sleep disturbances
- dry skin
- loss of appetite can be significant, but it is usually temporary.
*Rarely, sertraline may increase aggression in dogs. If this occurs, the medication should be stopped immediately and a veterinarian should be consulted.
To be used cautiously in animals with a history of blood disorders or seizures or pets with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to Sertraline. If any of these side effects develop during treatment, the drug should be stopped and a veterinarian should be consulted. The drug should only be used if absolutely necessary in geriatric animals and in those with liver disease. It is not for use in pregnant or lactating animals.
Possible Drug Interacctions:
- tricyclic antidepressants,
*The drug should not be taken within 5 weeks of taking a MOI or monoamine oxidase inhibitor due to the potential for a severe or fatal reaction. It is important to disclose all medications and supplements being taken before beginning treatment with sertraline.
Overdose of sertraline can be serious or fatal and may cause diarrhea, lethargy, fever, tremors, drooling, vomiting, muscle rigidity, agitation, increased heart rate, seizures, vocalization, and coma. Any known or suspected overdose should be reported to a veterinarian right away.
Sertraline should be stored in its original packaging, out of the reach of children and animals, and at room temperature. It should be kept away from light and heat.
It is important to follow your Veterinarian's prescription instructions for your pet
In dogs, the typical dose of sertraline is 1.25 to 2.5 mg/lb (2.5 to 5.0 mg/kg) by mouth once daily.
In cats, the typical dose is 0.5 to 2.0 mg/lb (1.0 to 4.0 mg/kg) by mouth once daily.