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Behavior Medication Potential Side Effects

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Anytime behavior medication is prescribed, there is the concern of side effects.Minor temporary side effects are relatively common.In some cases, mild side effects can actually provide useful information about the relative dose (slightly too high) and simply reducing the dose or just continuing will resolve the problem.In many situations, a side effect (e.g. lethargy) may wear off within 1-2 weeks, and in other situations, it may indicate the need to change medication.

If any of the listed potential side effects are noted, skip one dose, then resume at the previous dose until you can contact either the veterinarian or behaviorist who is supervising the case.  If the symptom continues for more than 3 days, call your veterinarian and discontinue the medication.

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