Diazoxide

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Diazoxide is used to treat certain tumors (insulinomas) in ferrets and to treat low blood sugar secondary to excessive insulin secretion in dogs.

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How do I give this medication?

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. Read the label carefully.
  • If the medicine is a liquid, measure the dose with reasonable care.
  • Give this medication with food to reduce vomiting, diarrhea and lack of appetite.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
  • Do not give the pet more medicine than directed and do not give more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

 

What do I do if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

 

How do I store this medicine?

"Do not freeze solutions or use darkened solutions/suspensions since these may be less potent."

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store this medicine in a cool, dry place between 20 and 30 0 C. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.
  • Do not freeze solutions or use darkened solutions/suspensions since these may be less potent.

 

What are the potential side effects?

  • The most common side effects are a lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Less likely effects include tachycardia (increased heart rate), blood abnormalities, diabetes mellitus, cataracts, and sodium and water retention.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

 

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following drugs may interact with diazoxide: thiazide diuretics, warfarin, bilirubin, phenothiazines, phenytoin, alpha-adrenergic agents (e.g. phenoxybenzamine), and other hypotensive agents.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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