Adequan® Canine should not be used in dogs who are hypersensitive to PSGAG or who have a known or suspected bleeding disorder. It should be used with caution in dogs with renal or hepatic impairment. Adverse reactions in clinical studies (transient pain at injection site, transient diarrhea, and abnormal bleeding) were mild and self-limiting. In post approval experience, death has been reported in some cases; vomiting, anorexia, depression/lethargy and diarrhea have also been reported. The safe use of PSGAG in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated.
One in five dogs is affected by arthritis. The most common form is called osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease. Normally, joints form smooth connections and protective cushioning between bones. Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the thinning of joint cartilage, buildup of fluid inside the joint, and the formation of bony growths within it. Over time, this can lead to reduced mobility, joint deterioration, and pain. If your pet is suffering from arthritis, it’s important to give them the best possible care. Arthritis is incurable and worsens over time. In this case, the best thing you can do for your pet is to put them on a treatment plan that slows the progression of the disease and improves their quality of life by relieving painful symptoms. Some pain and stiffness can be partially relieved by massages or increased exercise, but others may require prescription medication such as Adequan.
Adequan belongs to a class of drugs called Disease Modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs (DMOAD). It is the only FDA-approved product of its type, and has been clinically shown to help treat arthritis while simultaneously relieving joint pain Adequan is a prescription medication that can only be dispensed and administered by a licensed veterinarian. That’s because it isn’t just a pill or an ointment, but a treatment requiring injection. When injected directly into your dog’s muscle, Adequan (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) inhibits bad enzymes that break down cartilage in your dog’s joints.
Currently, Adequan is only FDA-approved for dogs and horses, though some vets do prescribe it for cats as well. Adequan helps relieve the pain of arthritis by soothing and lubricating the inflamed joint in addition to stimulating joint cartilage repair. Simply put, it helps your dog’s body heal and prevent further deterioration of your pets’ joints.
Features of Adequan For Dogs
Adequan Canine (for dogs) is used to control symptoms associated with degenerative or traumatic arthritis. It is an injectable polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) and is the only FDA approved product of its type. Adequan has been clinically shown to help treat the disease while giving relief from pain. It modifies the disease cycle, stimulates cartilage repair processes and diminishes joint damage while reducing the pain caused by osteoarthritis. Adequan requires a prescription from your veterinarian. A syringe is needed, but not included in the package.
Uses/benefits of Adequan For Dogs
Adequan is used to help control the signs associated with canine osteoarthritis. It may be recommended for dogs with a variety of traumatic, chronic, or degenerative orthopedic problems, including the following:
- Hip dysplasia (a genetic joint abnormality)
- Elbow dysplasia (a genetic joint abnormality)
- Chronic hip, knee, or back arthritis
- Arthritis resulting from a traumatic injury
Dosage and Administration
Practice aseptic techniques in withdrawing each dose to decrease the possibility of post-injection bacterial infections. Adequately clean and disinfect the stopper prior to entry with a sterile needle and syringe. Use only sterile needles, and use each needle only once. The vial stopper may be punctured a maximum of 10 times.
The recommended dose of Adequan® Canine is 2 mg/lb body weight (.02 mL/lb, or 1 mL per 50 lb), by intramuscular injection only, twice weekly for up to 4 weeks (maximum of 8 injections). Do not exceed the recommended dose or therapeutic regimen. Do not mix Adequan® Canine with other drugs or solvents.
Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) (See USP Controlled Room Temperature). Avoid prolonged exposure to temperatures ≥ 40°C (104°F). Use within 28 days of first puncture and puncture a maximum of 10 times. Dispose of spent needles in accordance with all federal, state and local environmental laws.
Prices of Adequan For Dogs
$74.00 – $144.99