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Wednesday, May 25 • 10:30 - 11:30
The use of trazodone in general practice

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Veterinary visits can be extremely stressful for pets, and the peri-operative period of confinement may lead to a spike in anxiety. Providing for these patients with the use of short-term, effective anxiolytics is important from a welfare perspective. In doing so, this would help to ameliorate the situation and reduce the formation of negative associations and fearful reactions to the clinic setting. Staff safety will also improve. Trazodone, a serotonin 2A antagonist and reuptake inhibitor, is a great adjunctive anxiolytic for use in the clinic setting. It is also useful as an “event” medication alongside long-term medications (tricyclic antidepressants and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Trazodone has a favourable, broad margin of safety. Its use generally is without significant side effects and it can be safely co-administered with many common veterinary medications. This presentation will review the literature on the use of trazodone, particularly in the general practice setting. We will also cover in which situations it would be effective, and in which situations its use should be avoided.


Dr Chalette Brown

Chalette is originally from South Africa, but has lived in Australia for more than a decade. She graduated from the first cohort of DVM students of the University of Adelaide (Roseworthy Campus) in 2013. Chalette now works in General Practice and also for Adelaide Veterinary Behaviour... Read More →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 10:30 - 11:30 ACST
Hall N Adelaide Convention Centre