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Toxic Medication to Pets – Evamist used for Hotflashes

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The FDA recently released this important information and we want to share it with our pet lovers. Since this drug has been shown to cause problems in children, we suspect that it will also cause problems in pets.

We hope this information will help keep your pets safe.

Regards,

The PetPlace Veterinary Team


Evamist: Keep Children and Pets Away

Children and pets should not come in contact with Evamist on the skin. Evamist is a drug for women that is sprayed on the inside of the forearm between the elbow and wrist to reduce hot flashes during menopause.

The Risk

FDA has received reports of side effects in children who were unintentionally exposed to Evamist. Side effects include:

1. nipple swelling and breast development in girls

2. breast enlargement in boys

3. FDA has also received reports of unintentional exposure in pets, which may show signs of mammary/nipple enlargement and vulvar swelling.

Recommendations

  • Do not allow children to come in contact with the area of the arm where Evamist was sprayed.

  • If a child is exposed to Evamist, wash the child's skin with soap and water as soon as possible. Contact the child's health care professional if nipple or breast swelling or breast tenderness occur in girls, or breast enlargement occurs in boys.

  • Do not allow pets to lick or touch the arm where Evamist was sprayed. Small pets may be especially sensitive to Evamist. Contact a veterinarian if your pet shows any sign of illness, including enlargement of the nipples or vulva.

  • Women who use Evamist should wear clothing that covers the arm sprayed with the drug if they cannot prevent accidental contact.

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