|Purred: Fri Aug 31, '07 1:28pm PST |
|Thanks for all the responses so far! What great information.
I'm going to answer Edie first with what little I know about the questions she asked. If anyone else has information for Edie, please chime in.
Edie, I believe the thyroid medicine has to be specially made into a liquid form, and it will probably cost more than the readily-available pills. As you'll see in her post below, Miss Wuss has her medicine specially made into a different form, a gel. Here in the States, it's called "compounding" -- making customized medicines. The pharmacies who make the special compounds are often pharmacies for "people", as Maxwell pointed out. Have your mum ask your vet to see if it's available in the UK.
Also for Edie, the drug which I took as an appetite stimulant was really a human drug (for allergies). The drug is Cyproheptadine (the brand name here is Periactin®). I found this on the internet @ http://www.peteducation.com
"Cyproheptadine is an antihistamine used in the treatment of allergies and asthma. It may also be used to stimulate the appetite of cats. Consult your veterinarian if your pet experiences excitement, seizures, lethargy, coma, increased heart rate, inability to urinate, or fever while being treated with cyproheptadine."
Edie, I'll say my experience with Cyproheptadine was not very pleasant. I had excitement, I howled and howled and was unable to sleep after taking it. But it did stimulate my appetite for a while, and I got back to eating after I had stopped eating almost entirely. Other cats have taken it without those side effects, so I don't know how it might affect you, or if it's even available in the UK.
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