Potassium Bromide Compound is a non-sterile compound used to treat seizure disorders.
Potassium Bromide COMPOUND
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Potassium Bromide Compound Basics
Potassium bromide (KBr) is available by prescription only. Potassium bromide is an antiepileptic drug used to control seizure activity in dogs and cats. Potassium bromide is often prescribed in conjunction with phenobarbital if the seizures are not responsive to phenobarbital alone. Potassium bromide is primarily prescribed for idiopathic epilepsy, seizures, and convulsions. Potassium bromide acts at the cellular level to decrease seizure activity and excitability by replacing chloride throughout the body. Unlike phenobarbital, which is processed by the liver, potassium bromide is well-absorbed orally, excreted by the kidneys, and has no effect on the liver. Because it does not affect the liver, potassium bromide is the preferred treatment for seizures in animals with liver damage.
Potassium Bromide Compound Warnings
Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Do not use in pets with known hypersensitivity to potassium bromide. Do not use in pregnant or lactating animals. Use with caution in cats. Pets may have a less active lifestyle when taking any antiepileptic medication. The salt content of your pet’s diet should not be drastically changed during potassium bromide treatment. If dietary salt intake increases, bromide levels decrease, causing seizures, if dietary salt intake decreases, bromide levels increase, causing bromide intoxication. Notify your veterinarian if your pet is taking any other medications, especially diuretics, such as furosemide or other sedatives. Do not stop potassium bromide treatment suddenly, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian. Store at room temperature. Shake oral suspensions well before use.
Potassium Bromide Compound Directions
Use as directed by your veterinarian. Follow the instructions printed on the prescription label. Be sure to complete the prescription to ensure a full recovery, even if your pet seems to be improving, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian. Allow your pet access to plenty of water. Potassium bromide can be given with food to help prevent stomach upset. Do not stop potassium bromide treatment suddenly unless advised to do so by your veterinarian. Use of potassium bromide in cats is limited.
In the case of a missed dose of potassium bromide, give it as soon as you remember, or wait until it is time to give the next dose. DO NOT GIVE A DOUBLE DOSE OF POTASSIUM BROMIDE. In the case of an overdose of potassium bromide, seek attention from your veterinarian. The following symptoms could be signs of an overdose dizziness, tremor, or heavy sedation.
If you notice any behavioral or physiological changes in your pet while giving potassium bromide, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Allergic Reactions and Serious Side Effects
Allergic reactions and serious side effects are rare, but in the case of an allergic reaction or a serious side effect you should stop potassium bromide treatment and seek veterinary attention immediately. Some common signs of allergic reactions or serious side effects are facial swelling, breathing difficulties, fainting, heavy sedation, or bromide toxicity.
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