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EpiRepress contains a drug called phenobarbital, which is used for the treatment of epilepsy in dogs.  Your vet will tell you the dose that you need to give to your dog and how frequently, this often starts at twice a day.  They may adjust this dose, up or down, depending on how your dog responds - it is important to see your vet regularly until you have your dosing stable.


EpiRepress is a 60mg tablet which can be split into four by placing the curved side of the tablet (on the right in the image to the left) on a flat surface and pressing down. If you use only part of the tablet, the remainder can be stored in the container to use next time.


The phenobarbital in EpiRepress is a ‘controlled drug’ and so it needs to be handled with care. Keep the container in a dry place and out of the reach of children. You should wash your hands after use as you should with most medications, and wipe down any surfaces used.

 

 

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What else can I do for my dog?


Your vet has prescribed EpiRepress to help control the seizures and it is a very efficient medicine.  Sometimes you may need to do a little more.

  • Your vet may want to add in another medication to work alongside EpiRepress and improve your dog’s seizure frequency levels.

  • Try to keep a regular routine, as keeping their environment consistent can help to reduce seizure frequencies. This includes the length and intensity of walks, and the stability of their diet fed every day.

  • Talk through with your vet if you plan any very long journeys or activities so you can minimise the impact on your dog.

 

When do I need to see my vet?

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The relationship between you, your dog and your vet is a very important one - working together as a team means we can help to improve the quality of life for your dog.


Once your dog’s dose is stable, you should see your vet at least every six months - one of these will be at your annual vaccination so you just need to pop in six months later. They may want to run blood tests to check the levels of the drug in their system.  They may also want to run bloods to check the internal organs are working properly.


Because of the way the drug works and how epilepsy as a condition affects your dog, you should make sure they are checked out if they are ill. If you are seeing a new vet, let them know that your dog has epilepsy so they can choose the best treatments.