Re: New to feline-heart
- Hi Jean,
My 18 1/2 year old Burmese, Chloe was diagnosed at age 9 with chronic pancreatitis and was put on a very small daily dose cyproheptadine to help with her extremely poor appetite. She has since been diagnosed with stage II kidney disease, a heart murmur, and within the past 2 months, an extremely severe case of HCM with an enlarged heart/heart failure/serious fluid buildup - the works...
I asked my vet about any potential problems regarding the "cypro" and the HCM, but she told me that to her knowledge there were no problems with the drug and Chloe's other conditions, or trouble with medication interaction (Chloe is taking Lasix, Spironolactone, and Enalapril).
The "cypro" works well for Chloe - she receives 1/4 of a 4 mg tab 1X per day - any more makes her "spacy" - I'm told that's the most common side effect. Check again with your vet to make sure the "cypro" is safe for Harley.
Hope this helps,
Suzanne and Chloe =^-.-^=
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jean" <jeanhfisher@...> wrote:
> I have a 14-year-old male cat named Harley who was recently diagnosed with pancreatitis. On examination the vet heard a heart murmur and suggested I have an echocardiogram done which I did and it showed the first stages of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The vet didn't prescribe any medication at the present time but said to come back for another echo in about 6 months. He is on an appetite stimulent for his pancreatitis (cyproheptidine) sp? Does this medication likely to stimulate the heart and is this bad? Is there anything in the way of medications that are best avoided with HCM? What about COq10? Would this be good for Harley? His blood tests were all normal, kidneys fine, urine tests normal.