Your task? Learn about possible interactions and the potential side effects of your medications. You can do this by carefully reading drug facts labels on over-the-counter drugs (OTC) and the information that comes with your prescription medications, and by reviewing any special instructions with your health care provider. For instance, nitroglycerin, which treats angina (chest pain related to heart disease), should not be taken with many erectile dysfunction drugs, including Viagra and Cialis, because serious interactions can occur. Some drugs should not be taken with alcohol, as problems such as loss of coordination, memory problems, sleepiness, and falls can result.
Lorazepam can be given to dogs in advance of an event that is known to cause anxiety. It is a member of the benzodiazepine class of sedatives that work by depressing activity in certain parts of the central nervous system (the exact mechanism of action hasn’t been identified). The drug is most effective when given at the earliest sign that a dog is becoming anxious or even beforehand, if possible. To treat anxiety, lorazepam is usually dispensed in the form of oral tablets or liquid (given with or without food) but may also be given by injection or even as a liquid squirted into a dog’s rectum or nasal passages.