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Old April 8th, 2005, 01:46 PM
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soloxine side effects?

Has anyone ever heard of any side effects associated with soloxine? Kodi (10-yr old male altered golden retriever) is taking .6 mg twice a day, and has been for the last 8 months or so. His thyroid levels are now completely normal, but he has been doing some weird things (just posted something recently about his latest bout with the runs, which has been remedied). He seems to have a really dry mouth sometimes because he licks his chops -- almost as if he's having a hard time swallowing. He also will vomit every once in a while, where he'll go out, eat some grass then vomit the tiniest bit of a bile-like substance. Then he'll be fine. I do have a call into the vet, but was wondering if anyone out there has any experience giving soloxine to their dogs. He also seems to get hot a lot, and I say this because he has taken to lying down on our tiles every chance he can get (never used to do this -- his requisite spot used to be right in between the couch and the coffee table under our feet).

FYI, he just had a complete blood workup as well as xrays, and everything looks great. And his appetite is better than ever, and his weight has been steady (after losing about 5 pounds, probably due to the regulation of his thyroid levels). Thanks!
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Old April 8th, 2005, 04:07 PM
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Soloxine

http://www.soloxine.com/pdfs/Soloxine_Insert.pdf

This link is the complete information on Soloxine. It lists everything about the drug as it is the package insert for the drug.

Perhaps something in there will help you.

I'm glad Kodi is improving greatly. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with how conscientous you are about him and his health. It's really refreshing to see.
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Old April 8th, 2005, 04:09 PM
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Has anyone ever heard of any side effects associated with soloxine? Kodi (10-yr old male altered golden retriever) is taking .6 mg twice a day, and has been for the last 8 months or so. His thyroid levels are now completely normal, but he has been doing some weird things (just posted something recently about his latest bout with the runs, which has been remedied). He seems to have a really dry mouth sometimes because he licks his chops -- almost as if he's having a hard time swallowing. He also will vomit every once in a while, where he'll go out, eat some grass then vomit the tiniest bit of a bile-like substance. Then he'll be fine. I do have a call into the vet, but was wondering if anyone out there has any experience giving soloxine to their dogs. He also seems to get hot a lot, and I say this because he has taken to lying down on our tiles every chance he can get (never used to do this -- his requisite spot used to be right in between the couch and the coffee table under our feet).

FYI, he just had a complete blood workup as well as xrays, and everything looks great. And his appetite is better than ever, and his weight has been steady (after losing about 5 pounds, probably due to the regulation of his thyroid levels). Thanks!
Never have seen this before with animal on soloxine, my guess would be this has nothing to do with the drug.
Maybe since he has become regulated you are seeing the true dog?
Dry mouth & constant licking are a sign of nausea. When did you have the last check done? Was it before the latest symptoms? Something else could be bugging him right now.
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Old November 19th, 2007, 01:14 PM
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weimeraner licking his chops too

my 7 yr old weimeraner is having the same problem. He was put on soltolol for a heart problem 3-4 months ago which seems to be when the crazy chop licking started. I also thought it might be a side effect of the meds- my vet says no -but ran a thyroid test on him???????????? He said it was probably anxiety- except I notice it most when he is snuggled up in a nice warm bed between me and my husband. Doesn't seem like an anxious time to me. Does anyone else have any thoughts?
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Old April 7th, 2008, 06:52 PM
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soloxine side affects

My golden retriever has been on soloxine for 5 years now. I noticed a white spot on his right eye. My Vet told me it is lipid deposit caused by the soloxine....
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Old April 7th, 2008, 08:43 PM
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It can depend on a variety of variables- what other meds he is on, how severe the problem and so forth. Too much of the med can cause thyrotoxicosis which may include increased thirst, urination and hunger, hyperactivity, personality change, and reduced heat tolerance.

Dogs with Addison's Disease or high BP, never use with warfarin, theophylline, digoxin, phenytoin and barbiturates. The levels of these meds will be deceased. And always make sure it is given 4 hrs after vitamins, esp Fe (iron) or Ca.


It is essentially the same med human take and the dog shd be monitored with blood work to make sure all is well.

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WOW a lot of soloxine questions! Hopefully I can help clarify some of the questions.

The thyroid gland is responsible for metabolism. In simple terms, a lot of thyroid hormone leads to fast metabolism and very little of the hormone leads to slow metabolism. People will get both extremes of thyroid disease: too much thyroid (Hyperthyroidism) and too little thyroid (Hypothyroidism). Cats will almost exclusively get Hyperthyroidism and dogs will get almost exclusively Hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism has a lot of secondary changes to the body but luckily does not come with the serious life threatening problems of hyperthyroidism. One of these changes is increased lipidemia (increased blood fats, cholesterol and triglycerides). This can lead to lipid corneal deposits. Another eye problem associated with hypothyroidism is dry eye (KCS). In general, it is accepted that thyroid supplementation (soloxine) will lead to improved ocular health. So with the last question - maybe ask your vet but there may have been a miscommunication - hypothyroidism is more apt to cause lipid deposits that soloxine.

So lets back up a bit. How do we treat hypothyroidism? This is a lot easier than hyperthyroidism. When the body does not make enough thyroid hormone, what do we do? We just supplement it. The medication is levothyroxine. The brand name is Soloxine, all others are generic brands such as Thyrozine, Thyrosyn, etc... Is brand name important? The answer is sometimes but we can talk about that later if people are interested.

The great things about thyroid supplement - 1) works well, 2) usually low side effects, 3) inexpensive and 4) often chewable. The wonderful things about dogs and thyroid supplement is the canine's ability to shed any excess thyroid supplement into the urine. It is difficult to overdose and cause problems with this medication. (Side story: I inherited a case who was on over 10 times a dose twice daily for 6 months - I was so scared for the dog, I immediately referred the dog to the specialists to look for potential damage! the specialists had never seen a case like that and were interested to see what could be wrong. Especially with cats - the main side effect is high blood pressure which will damage the retinas (not the corneas), the kidneys and heart. Ophthalmologist evaluation of the eye - no problems. Ultrasound of the kidneys and heart - no problems. Blood work - no problems. Blood pressure - no problems. Dog was as normal as could be. )

With that said, I have had many client that do notice some behavioral changes. With increased metabolism, the brain seems to race a bit faster as well. My belief is that many of the signs would have been there if the dog only had a 'normal thyroid' but the low thyroid can 'numb' a lot of behaviors. On the other side, remember we are supplementing a hormone that should already be in the system. Hormones are powerful things and the body usually is secreting small amounts on a minute by minute, in fact second by second dosing. We on the other hand supplement it once or twice a day! When we take blood samples, the thyroid supplement after being given, peaks in the blood and then slowly decreases. During this peak, it would make sense that some additional behaviors may be seen as they may have a slight 'rush' - similar to an energy drink effect. (in fact it is common to use thyroid supplements with illegal steroid use as a method to help 'boost energy').

So what is the sum of all of this? Thyroid supplement is considered very safe for the average dog. There may be some side effects related to the rise and fall of metabolism rates. As long as the blood levels are looking fine, thyroid supplement is thought to do more good than its risks. Of course, this supplement should ONLY be used in dogs that are TRUE hypothyroid canine patients. Furthermore the blood levels and clinical evaluations should be made by routinely by the veterinarian.

If you are concerned that your pet may have some side effects from thyroid supplement what can you do? Talk to your veterinarian. They may want to run blood tests to evaluate thyroid levels to make sure they are within normal limits as well as to look for other common endocrine disorders that are commonly seen with hypothyroidism. If we are worried that the level is too high - then we may consider blood pressure testing, urinalysis, etc...

I noted that one of the posts made mention of heart disease. This is one of the disorders that thyroid supplementation needs to be evaluated carefully. Even though dogs can get rid of extra thyroid easily - we never want to push it with pre-existing diseases, especially cardiac.

Before I start putting people to sleep, I will stop. I hope this lessened the fears of thyroid supplementation which I believe has improved the quality of life for millions of pets around the world.
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Old April 8th, 2008, 10:02 PM
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Wow, Dr. Lee, I almost launched into a discussion of the role of the thyroid but am aware of my propensity for length and of course , I am a human, not doggie doc, lol I am glad you said it, lol
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Old July 7th, 2008, 08:59 AM
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soltolol side effects

I have an 8 year old weimeraner who has been on soltolol 1x per day for almost 8 months due to a heart arythmia. we recently reduced the dosage to 1x every other day because of behavior issues that seemed to be getting worse- one of which is the licking of his chops like he is always thirsty or has dry mouth- he also has been really sapped of all energy..which I keep hearing is because he's 8 now- but its just really dramatically different than even 6 months ago. He has been tested for everything under the sun and everything looks good- does anyone know of any longterm side effects?
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Old July 7th, 2008, 04:22 PM
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...he also has been really sapped of all energy..which I keep hearing is because he's 8 now- but its just really dramatically different than even 6 months ago. He has been tested for everything under the sun and everything looks good- does anyone know of any longterm side effects?
The dramatic change in activity level is of concern for me. Even at 8, most dogs should be very active. Levothyroxine (thyroid supplementation) is cleared by the body relatively quickly and long term effects related to behavior really aren't seen. I think we need to keep looking elsewhere for the cause. When was his last ECG? Has it been since this change in activity? Has he had an echo with a cardiologist? If we have dropped his thyroid medication, that can also account for lethargy. However depending upon the cardiac condition, we need to be careful with the amount of thyroid medication. I hope that helps.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 12:03 AM
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Soloxine Question - Side Effects?

My 11yr old boxer was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism (about 7 weeks ago), and put on Soloxine .7mg twice a day. When diagnosed he weighed 108lbs, he was very lethargic at the time, difficult to take on walks, low metabolism. The weight gain was not due to over-eating (he only eats about 2.5 cups of low-fat dry kibble daily, half the recommended dose and walks regularly). He has always been big (not overweight), he weighed about 85lbs when we moved to New York from Los Angeles 2 years ago, but since has slowly gained 20 lbs (i always attributed it to age). After the thyroid issue, my vet put him on Soloxine and since heís been on the medication he has lost 11lbs approximately 5 weeks after dosage began. Immediately I noticed an increase in metabolism, longer walks, increase in alertnessÖthe drug was working and he was losing weight.

Recently, over the last 2 weeks (about 7 weeks after medication began) Iíve noticed that his appetite has decreased (this is the first time I recall him not finishing his food, ever), is not walking as fast as he was when first put on the medication, overall more lethargic than the previous weeks on the meds, excessive panting (a lot of panting), and has collapsed twice (did not knock out, more of a weak collapse from not being able to hold himself up). I mentioned this to my vet a week ago (who is known for being a boxer specialist) and he said that it was either due to the heat (itís been very hot here) or possibility of having a heart condition where his heart skips a beat but recommended that I stay on the medication since he was losing weight and overall seemed that his metabolism was better. Over the last 2 weeks I think his health/personality (with the exception of the weight loss) has regressed almost to where he was prior to the medication and Iím concerned as to whether I should continue administering the medication.

I plan on speaking with my vet on Monday but wanted to ask your advice/suggestions on whether I should continue with the medication, if there is an alternate you would recommend, any other tests you would recommend (heís had 3 blood tests since he started medication, his thyroid level was around 3.1 at latest test if I recall correctly), and any other questions I should be asking. Any general advice?

Thanks in advance, very much look forward to your response.
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Old July 30th, 2008, 02:02 AM
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Hi all - well, it has been three years since my original posting. FYI, after a week long stay at the emergency vet and exploratory surgery, it was determined he had an overabundance of h. pylori in his gut and after a 3 week round of antibiotics, all was well. So now it's 3 years later, and Kodi is now 13. He has really slowed down, and he's shedding clumps of fur all over the house. I'm taking him in tomorrow, and I suspect that his hypothyroidism is worsening. Is it possible that the soloxine is no longer working?

Oh, and thanks to Dr. Lee for the info on hypothyroidism. I found it very helpful
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Old September 8th, 2008, 09:28 PM
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My dog has also demonstrated side effects, perhaps from taking Soloxine, such as feeling hot, panting, licking his chops as if his mouth is dry and as if it's hard to swallow. He also drinks a lot of water. He has been having a collapse problem for a while now. It's not a seizure, but his front legs just fold under him. The vet thinks it's a neurological "disconnect" but it sounds like other dogs with thyroid problems are having similar episodes. He also vomits occasionally and now lies almost exclusively on the tile floors to keep cool, which he used to never do. His thyroid levels are still low even though the dosage for him has quadrupled over the last 6 months. He has Addison's Disease and is treated monthly for that.
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Hi everyone. I'm so glad I came up on your forum talking about thyroid medications. I hope it's ok if I ask about my dog's thyroid medication in this area.... if I need to create a new topic just let me know.

Here is what's going on with my 9 year old Lab (113 lbs).

My Lab is on medication for Hypothyroidism (Levothyroxine Sodium, USP - 1 tablet 0.08 mg twice a day). In the last couple of weeks he had the following problems which increased to the point of severe:

- inflamed patches of skin all over his body
- oozing sores that resembled "hot spots"
- excessive hair loss in patches

I took him to the vet and he had staph infection on the sores. They gave him a shot & antibiotics and also had me increase his Thyroid medication to 1-1/2 tablets twice a day. They also ran test on his Thyroid.

Last week the vet called me to say the thyroid tests were in and they were very high and told me to decrease his thyroid medication to 1 tablet per day. (sorry I don't know exactly what the levels were.)

This is confusing because, my thinking is; if he had to much thyroid medication than he should have shown symptoms of thirst, hyper activity, ect. Instead he showed symptoms that are more indicative of having extremely low levels of thyroid.

Note: I didn't even think to tell the vet about a suppliment that I had been giving him. In July, after worrying about his off & on skin problems (periods of dry, itchy skin & frequent ear infections & excessive hair shedding,) I read about a natural ingredient supplement that was suppose to give him better skin & coat conditions and I ordered it. (Dinovite).

This is what is listed about the supplement:
Our natural dog supplement is made from top-notch natural ingredients to give your dog a healthy meal. With our supplement he gets the digestive enzymes, beneficial bacteria, vitamins, minerals, and delicate nutrients that he so desperately needs - ones he can't get from his dog food. Once in your dog's system, the digestive enzymes, "good bacteria", and delicate nutrients and vitamins will help your dog heal naturally - giving him relief from allergies, itching, scratching, shedding, gas, joint issues and so many other common dog health problems!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids - healthy shiny coat
Antioxidants - cell structure
Trace Minerals - many body functions
Digestive Enzymes - help digestion
Direct Fed Microbials - good for digestion too

Zinc - helps dull coat, scaly skin and improves immune system

Our all natural ingredients: Ground flax, kelp meal (Ascophyllum nodosum), yeast culture, ground grain sorghum, diatomaceous earth, zinc methionine, montmorillonite clay, yucca schidigera, alfalfa meal, ascorbic acid , Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, Lactobacillus casei fermentation product dehydrated, Bifido bacterium bifidium fermentation product dehydrated, Streptococcus faecium fermentation product dehydrated, Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product dehydrated.




Anyway, about 4 days before I took him to the vet I had stopped giving him the supplement. So my question to you is:

1. Is there anything in the supplement that could have caused a negative reaction with his Thyroid medication resulting in the sores & hair loss?

2. Is there anything in the supplement that mixed with Levothyroxine Sodium could cause a false reading his Thyroid test results (making them appear to be higher than they really are)?

I will also ask the vet next week, but when I took him I didn't even think to tell the vet that he had been taking this.

Please advise, as my only concern is in seeing that my dog gets the right treatment and I may be confused as to what a dog is suppose to act like when his levels are too high. Just like with humans, even natural ingredients can mix adversely with dog prescription medications.

Any help out there would be greatly appreciated.
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Old September 13th, 2008, 04:19 PM
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boydogs,it would be best if you make your own thread,the original thread is very old,as you can see.
Make your own and i am sure you'll get plenty of answers.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 03:45 AM
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Soloxine did great things for my beagle. He was overweight and very sluggish. Like others said, it was hard to walk him. More noticeable however were his bald patches after losing significant amount of hair. He also had some sort of cataracts in his eye. After the drug he seemed much more happy, his hair actually grew back despite the dr. saying it wouldn't and his cataracts reduced significantly. And definitely dropped the weight.

HOWEVER, new things sprouted. He developed a chronic ear infection. But more annoyingly he seems to have extreme skin irritation because he CONSTANTLY scratches and nibbles at himself. It started happening around the same time as the drug. After he developed secondary infections we took him back to the Dr. and he said it was seasonal allergies. I do not know if the two are related, I am just putting it out there to see if other's experienced the same things. Benedryl seems to help him for a short time but I don't want to dope my dog up all the time.

Can anyone shine light on my situation? Could it be anxiety?

Also, the drug must build tolerance because we were recently advised to up the dosage after about 2 years of administration.
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Old November 4th, 2008, 09:12 AM
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Thyroid Help

i have a 7 yr. spayed Lab that has had thyroid problems her whole life. She developed seizures also and after a couple years of these seizures (grand malls) I took her off of all meds. For 10 months she had NO seizures yet continued to be more lethargic and developed more joint problems and weight increased. I recently put her back on Soloxine and immediately she started scratching and chewing until she was bleeding. I changed her medication to Synthroid and still the same resutls. I don't know what to do at this point. She must be allergic to something in these pills. She must take thyroid medication! Please help if anyone has any suggestions.
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 09:42 PM
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Unhappy Possible Soloxine side effects?

On the advise of our vet & after appropriate thryoid tests ...four weeks ago we started out large 7 yr. old mixed breed (80 lbs.airdale/dob we think) on two .5mg tabs of Soloxine daily. About two weeks later we noticed excessive licking around genital & anal areas with a lot of unusual ear scratching as well. Upon checking we found large blackened skin areas, almost looked bruised or burnt, with crusty bleeding sores covering the entire area. Took him back to the vet & she prescribed 750 mg caps of Cephalexin antibiotic twice daily for three weeks. We are using a big anti-lick collar & also are applying Vit-E to affected areas. While it seems to be clearing up a little in the affected areas...we are finding new areas daily, on outside rear legs, chest, look almost like "hot spots" etc. While it is possible we just missed these area before...our concern is that it is spreading.

Our dog has never had ANY SKIN/ ALLERGY problems ever. Is it OK to stop the Soloxine to see if it clears up. This is the only thing we can think of that has changed. Thanks for any help.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 09:15 PM
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Hi Samisami- our 9y/o cairn ruptured her ACL and the vet said he always checks for hypothyroidism when this happens- found she was hypothyroid and prescribed soloxine. 2 days after we started meds We noticed her genital area and anus were red and she would scratch and scoot, and lick her paws .We stopped the soloxine and the redness went away. Not much about this on the web though.
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I have a 7 year old Shih Tzu that has been put on Soloxine for low thyroid. He is having occasional anxiety attacks...panting, "antsy", digs in the bathtub, etc. There isn't any rhyme or reason as to when they occur. I was wondering if they could be a side effect of the Soloxine.
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Old December 26th, 2008, 07:45 PM
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Seizures with soloxine?

Our 9 year old Pekinese recently began taking Soloxine for hypothyroidism. We began to see an increase in appetite and activity almost immediately, but became concerned with the increased water intake and urination. Tonight, he had a fairly large seizure, his first ever. Should we be concerned and is this common with soloxine? Please help.
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I have a 7 year old Shih Tzu that has been put on Soloxine for low thyroid. He is having occasional anxiety attacks...panting, "antsy", digs in the bathtub, etc. There isn't any rhyme or reason as to when they occur. I was wondering if they could be a side effect of the Soloxine.
Hyperactivity and personality changes are listed as signs of overdose. http://www.soloxine.com/pdfs/Soloxine_Insert.pdf

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I have a 7 year old Shih Tzu that has been put on Soloxine for low thyroid. He is having occasional anxiety attacks...panting, "antsy", digs in the bathtub, etc. There isn't any rhyme or reason as to when they occur. I was wondering if they could be a side effect of the Soloxine.
Increased thirst (polydipsia) and frequency of urination (polyuria) are also listed as signs of overdoes.The seizure could be unrelated. A Vet visit is definitely needed for both doggies.

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Soloxine side effects

We just put our Shih Tzu (10 yrs old) on Soloxine and he has had terrible side effects. He has lots of bowel problems and has been disoriented at night. The vet says it must be something else, but when we didn't give him the meds one night he was fine. I think we have to quit this because it's not tolerable.
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Unhappy Soloxine side effects

Just wanted to share my experience - I have a 75lb 8 year old neutered male Boxer, Toby, who has been on 0.7 Soloxine approximately 6-7 months due to a test which indicated low thyroid levels. Today Toby had a seizure (completely fell down and was unresponsive for about 15 seconds while shaking), which my vet is trying to play off on Epilepsy (sp?). From the first day Toby has taken this medication, he has licked his feet & genitals, drank MUCH more water, rubs his face, and is very hot - you can touch him and feel it. When Toby sleeps, he has tremors - his body is always twitching. Every once in awhile, early in the mornings, Toby will start drooling/foaming uncontrollably and then vomit. Almost like a drug addict overdose! He refuses to eat when any of this happens. My vet keeps trying to assure me that Toby's thyroid levels are "normal". I know my dog, and NONE of this is normal. Toby had absolutely NO problems before taking this medication and most articles I've read do not go into details of side effects - until I found this thread. At this point I believe I need to take him to Colorado State University for a different opinion - I don't want to be hurting my dog by doing something that I know isn't right!
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Old May 21st, 2009, 10:23 AM
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I took my 7 year old boxer, Heidi to our vet because she was having a little trouble getting up our steps. I told him she was eating fine and her poops were healthy. He examined her and took blood work. After the results he said it was her thyroid and gave me soloxine 0.8mg to be taken every 12 hours. She stopped eating, started throwing up bile and was literally up all night running out the doggie door with diarrhea. She also became aggressive to my other dogs whom she loves dearly. I called the doc immediately. He said the soloxine couldn't have caused any of those symptons and I should bring her back to be hospitalized so they could watch her. I know my Heidi and I know the soloxine caused her symptons. It was like an over dose. I have taken her off soloxine and she is back to eating and her old self, but now I'm back to the same problem of her having trouble getting up the stairs and back to square one minus alot of money. I told the doc to have a nice day and I will seek out a new vet!! Beware of soloxine!!!
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ur all maniatics, i wonder if its a side effect??? well take the time to research the drug before you give it to your pet, for alot of you they are just animals but some of us treat them like family, research the options first and save your time and all of ours posting questions that are addressed in any google search. by the way i bet you all take whatever your doctor prescribes to you too without question too don't you.....fools oh and if i come of as a a$$#*!% to f---ing bad pull ur heads outta ur a$$
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Old November 15th, 2009, 03:59 PM
sosoftail sosoftail is offline
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Dog meds for humans?

Ok weird one. I have a friend that has even more dogs than me. I am afraid I treat mine like humans. They sleep with me & constant companions. Neighbors think I'm nuts. They hear me talking out loud when in my yard & ask who I'm talking to. I tell them my dogs. They listen well, don't judge & offer support & don't talk back.....well Sparkle does. If she is not happy with anything she makes a woo-woo sound like she is trying to talk. Anyway that is not what I'm here About. One of my friends dogs has a bad heart problem. He is on a lot of meds. Recently my friend started dropping a LOT of weight but her behavior is from one extreme to the other. I asked her how she was losing so much weight.

She tells me she is taking a few of the meds prescribed for her dog. Like 80mg a day Lasix & 8mg a day Soloxine. She says she feels great! Just a bit tired. I asked her about side effects but she says she has none. What if anything can these meds do to her? Thanks, CC
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Old December 9th, 2009, 09:21 PM
kittenfoster kittenfoster is offline
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Soloxime

This reading is all too familiar to me. Our dog, 11 year old shepherd mix, is having all these side effects of Soloxime. It was of grave concern to us. We didn't realize they were side effects until I found this website. No vet has mentioned them or agreed to them being a side effect although they did agree with me and did not tell me I was wrong. I have lowered her dosage by half and will do so again. She seems to have a surge after taking the pill. After 45 fretful minutes she calms down. But the starvation, thirst, licking of lips, swallowing, anxiety, urination, licking of the rugs, etc are troublesome. What happens if they do not take the medications? How harmful it not taking them to the animals? Thanks so much for all of your posts. They were extremely helpful.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 04:37 PM
Boxermom1 Boxermom1 is offline
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Hello,everyone.Just found this forum .I realize that this is an old thread but the medication is still on the market and it might be some more information.
My 10 year old boxer was prescribed soloxine 0.7 mg twice a day.Almost right after (a couple of days) he got bleeding in his stool (a lot).I am taking the sample to the vet (she can not see him to-day).Could be a co-incidence but he was OK before .
It looks like no one experienced this problem.I'll post the results of a test later.
Except for the bleeding - no other visible side effects.He seemed to have more energy and has good appetite.
Sorry to post before the results - I am very scared .
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Old November 17th, 2010, 02:43 PM
dalejand dalejand is offline
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Soloxine dosage reduced for my beagle

Hi all,

For those of you whose vets say that your dog's behavior is due to the soloxine working, I highly suggest you get a 2nd opinion or insist on having more bloodwork done.

My beagle has been on .3 mg of Soloxine twice a day for roughly 6 weeks. I noticed a difference right away as far as his energy levels went. After 4 weeks, he had bloodwork done (T4) to make sure he was receiving the right dosage and at that time, his thyroid levels were normal (3.9 from his previous .4) and we continued happily with the dosage.

After another week, I noticed that he was drinking more and asking to be let out much more often than normal (every hour from noon to 6pm!). His skin became dry and flaky, had upset stomach and went from energetic to frenetic and downright anxious. I called my vet and they had me bring him in the next day. Further bloodwork showed that his thyroid levels are now at 6.0 - way too high. His dosage is now cut in half so I'm hoping that his symptoms will soon be resolved. I was told that I should notice a difference within 2 or 3 days.

Thank goodness I have a wonderful vet that takes my inquiries seriously.
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