Azodyl

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Azodyl is a nutritional supplement that may decrease azotemia, a condition in which there is too much nitrogen—in the form of urea, creatinine, and other waste products—in the blood. Azotemia occurs in both dogs and cats that have chronic kidney disease (CKD). In theory, Azodyl works by adding nitrogen-consuming bacteria into the intestines. Azodyl should be considered an adjunct (secondary) treatment for CKD.

How do I give this medication?

Give this medication whole. Do not open the capsules.

  • Give Azodyl to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. The dosage will vary depending on your pet’s weight. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • Give this medication whole. Do not open the capsules to sprinkle on food or mix with water. If necessary, give this medicine with a treat.
  • Have water available for your pet to drink. This is especially important for pets with chronic kidney disease.
  • If you are giving only one capsule, give it in the morning. If you are giving more than one capsule, split the dosage between morning and evening. In the case of three capsules, give two in the morning and one in the evening.
  • DO NOT give your pet more medicine than directed, and do not give it more often than directed.
  • Try to not miss giving any doses.

What if I do miss giving a dose?

azodyl2Give 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 two doses at once.

How do I store this medicine?

  • Store this medicine in the refrigerator.
  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.

 

What are the potential side effects?

Adverse effects with Azodyl are rare.

  • Adverse effects with Azodyl are rare. Notify your veterinarian if your pet becomes listless, vomits, or is not producing any urine.
  • Although side effects are rare, pets with CKD are usually on several medications. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

 

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • There are no known interactions. However, tell your veterinarian if you are giving your pet any other medication or supplements.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe more than one medication, and sometimes a drug interaction can be anticipated. If this occurs, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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