Hello, I just joined this post and started a thread about collapse from ventricular fibrillation followed by recovery. My dog Apache was seen by Dr Morris and was on sotalol, mexiletine, pimobenden (vetmedin) and enalapril. She was on the mexiletine and sotalol until April 15 of 2017 when she had the collapse. I thought she died but then woke up. Dr Morris spent the next several months working with me - texting me several times a day, adjusting meds, I reported back to her signs I would see, she checked Apache almost every week or 2 until the arrhythmias calmed down and became controlled. After that episode, enalapril and pimobenden were added along with spironolactone and furosemide. I have had to go to online places like GoodRx, Discount Drug, Pet Rx, and get coupons to help with the cost of these meds. Another thing you can do is to directly ask the pharamacist if he has any discounts he could apply as sometimes they do (but you have to ask). And to make matters worse, no one will give you the cost of the drug until they get the prescription so sometimes you have to ask the vet to send it to another place to get the bet price. Dr Morris's office was aware of this and worked with me on this. You can go to these websites and enter the drug name, quantity, and dosage, your zip code, and it will give you all the places where you can get it and the price at each place. The last time I got sotalol was Stop and Shop pharmacy in Greenfield Ma for $23 in Feb of 2018 - 80mg tablets qty = 80 and it was with a coupon from Pet Discount Drug card at the following website: https://www.discountdrugnetwork.com/...unt-drug-card/
. I just checked the website now and for 90 tablets it is $24.53 at Stop and Shop. You have to be aware that once you bring the coupon to the pharmacist, the price may differ but it is not supposed to be that far off. However the way these discounts work is it is a % off the drug from the manufacturer the pharmacy has gotten the drug from so if the manufacturer changes, the price changes. One trick is once you find a pharmacy and a price that works for you, make sure you get the vet to give you refills and the price will always be the same for that prescription for all refills - I've had to question this and ask why it changed and they honored the previous price but once a new prescription is called in, you have to bring in a new coupon and start over.
As far as side affects, Apache had none that I noticed. Everyone is different. I kept a diary and a spreadsheet so I could track any changes I saw once a new med was started. You'd be amazed at how you can attribute something to the time when she started taking X.
By the end of Apache's life, she was on over 12 meds and I was able to tell my vets that within so many hours she developed such and such. She even tried a new drug to help with appetite (Entyce) - and within a day of taking this drug her right paw swelled up. Then we stopped the drug and within 2 days her paw swelling went down. This happened 3 more times as even the drug manufacturer had not known it would cause this issue but this symptom was mentioned on the study they did when they were conducting their trial. And I have pictures.
Yes, I had no life for the last year but I'd do it all over again if it meant it was helping my girl.
I hope this helps you and good luck with everything. Tell Dr Morris I said thank you for taking such good care of Apache for me.
I miss her so much.