Could the xanax be having an opposite effect on him?
Side Effects and Other Considerations
Xanax may have a paradoxical effect in some dogs, and cause excitement or exacerbate aggressive behaviors. Long term treatment carries a risk of physical dependence. Withdrawal symptoms include sensitivity to light, vomiting and shaking. Dogs are kept on Xanax for very short periods of time at the lowest possible dosage, to avoid physical dependency.
PoodleMaMaKat wrote:I am not an expert in veterinary pharmacy but I can tell you what I know.
Benadryl and Xanax (along with other benzodiazepines like Valium) are known to actually cause the opposite reaction in children and pets. They can actually make people hyperactive instead of tired. Robaxin is not known to cause this reaction in humans.
My feeling is Valium is unlikely to work given Xanax did not help. They are in the same family of medications, although some properties are slightly different, they work by the same mechanism. It may be worth a try if the Robaxin doesn't work, however my feeling is you may not have any luck.
Clomicalm and ACE are related structurally but do work in slightly different ways, although I’d have to pull out my pharmacology book to tell you the difference. It is possible that Clomicalm may work if ACE didn’t. Clomicalm is actually the least sedating of the tricyclic antidepressants. Amitriptyline is much more sedating (at least in humans) but comes with other side effects such as dry mouth and constipation. I’ve had a dog on Amitriptyline and I can tell you he was groggy.
Robaxin is used as a muscle relaxer that also causes sedation. In humans this sedation can be significant. It appears the vet is using medications that have the side effect of sedation to calm Nemo down. The good thing about Robaxin is if he has pain the Robaxin MAY be helpful, although this won’t help keep him quiet.
Just an FYI, the Robaxin (aka Methocarbamol) may change urine to a dark greenish color, so don't be alarmed if this happens!
Hope this is helpful
CinderDee wrote:I have an idea...how about Neurontin? You can also take it with Tramadol. That may calm him down.
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