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Amitriptyline HCl (Generic) Tablets

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Amitriptyline HCl is a tricyclic antidepressant. This medication is prescribed to help pets manage anxiety disorders including separation anxiety and fear of loud noises. When used with other medications, Amitriptyline HCl may also help with some behavioral problems, including managing self-destructive behavior and itching. Customers may receive this drug under the names Elavil.


This medication is used to help relieve certain symptoms of depression and behavioral problems. Endogenous depression is more likely to be alleviated than other depressive states. Endogenous depression is due to the presence of an internal stressor, whether it be cognitive or biological.

Possible Side Effects

Possible side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, urinary retention and constipation. This medication may also cause potentially dangerous exacerbation of cardiac rythm disturbance.

Drug & Food Interactions

Concurrent administration of amitriptyline hydrochloride (HCl) and electroshock therapy may increase the hazards associated with such therapy. Such treatment should be limited to pets for whom it is essential. Some pets may experience a large increase in amitriptyline concentration in the presence of topiramate and any adjustments in amitriptyline dose should be made according to the pet’s clinical response and not on the basis of plasma levels.


Depressed pets, particularly those with known manic-depressive illness, may experience a shift to mania or hypomania. In these circumstances, the dose of amitriptyline may be reduced or a major tranquilizer such as perphenazine may be administered concurrently.

This drug is FDA-approved for human use. However, it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe such drugs for use in dogs and cats.

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  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Item Number
  • Common Brand Name(s)
  • For Use With
    Dogs & Cats
  • Generic Name
    Amitriptyline Hydrochloride
  • Administration Form
  • Product Form
  • Health Condition
    Behavior Issues, Anxiety
  • Drug Type


Recommended Dosage

Give by mouth according to your vet's instructions. This medication should be taken with food. If you happen to miss a dose, give it as soon as possible but be sure not to give two doses at the same time. Contact your vet if you are unsure how to use this medication correctly.

Storage Instructions

Store in a well-closed container between temperatures of 68° - 77°F.


What is Amitriptyline HCl?

Amitriptyline HCl is a tricyclic antidepressant used to treat certain behavior problems such as separation anxiety, fear of noises and anxiety in dogs as well as urinating out of the litter box, spraying and anxiety in cats.

What are the benefits of Amitriptyline HCl?

Helps dogs with fear of noises and separation anxiety. Helps with feline behavioral issues such as spraying and urinating outside the litter box.

How does this medication work?

Attacks chemicals in the brain that become unbalanced, leading to behavioral problems in pets.

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