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Adequan Canine is an intramuscular injectable medication used in the control of symptoms related to degenerative and traumatic arthritis. Adequan is available only with a prescription from a qualified vet, required by law. Since the drug is injected to the animals’ body, you will need a syringe which is not included in the product packaging (another reason to visit your vet). According to the manufacturer, this product is handy in cases of arthritis and trauma related to the same or similar disease and/or injury.
Who should use Adequan?
This product is designed to be used on dogs only. It should not be used on humans or cats. If by any chance it is used on other pets, it should be strictly done at the Vet’s office. All dogs can use this product provided that there are not hypersensitive to polysulfated glycosaminoglycan. Consult your vet if you are not sure.
How it Works?
Adequan approach to joint ache is thorough and targets the main source of the pain. According to the producers, this product targets the root cause of pain by inhibiting the enzymes that are responsible for the breakdown of cartilage within your dog’s joints. Adequan reduces inflammation in the joints by inhibiting these enzymes and at the same time increases of the synovial fluid.
Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan (100 mg), benzyl alcohol (a preservative) (0.9% v/v) and water
Other Ingredients: Sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid added when necessary to adjust pH. Sodium Chloride may be added to adjust tonicity
What Benefits does the manufacturer claim the product has?
According to the producers, this product is an all rounded solution to arthritis in dogs. From the official website, they list the following as the key benefits;
- Aids in the control of noninfectious degenerative and traumatic arthritis
- Comes in handy in the rehabilitation of joints after surgery
- Has a quick turnaround with positive effects reported within a few hours of use and these positive effects stay in the joint for up to three days
There are both positive and negative testimonials available online from customers, but on the overall most of them express great satisfaction.
The science behind the working
Adequan is classified in a class of drugs known as Disease-Modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs (DMOAD). Under this class, it is further classified as an injectable polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG. These are drugs that are known to help treat the diseases and at the same time give relief from the pain caused by the disease. This is so since it modifies the disease cycle, stimulates the repairing of cartilage and reduces joint damage while minimizing the pain caused by osteoarthritis.
Warnings and Precautions of Adequan
Although the product is regarded as generally safe to use in many instances, it is highly advisable that you observe the following precautions;
- Do not use this product on pregnant or lactating dogs. The producers cannot guarantee the safety of the unborn or the breastfeeding dogs.
- Proceed with caution in dogs that have a history of liver or kidney diseases
- Exercise caution in dogs with a history of bleeding disorders or blood related complications
- Store in a safe, cool and dry place away from direct sunlight
- This product is for dog use ONLY. Do not use it on humans.
- Furnish your vet with all necessary information on your dog and if in the case of a new vet, make sure to have your dog’s medical history
How should this medication be given?
Adequan is an intramuscular injection. For this reason, you should be very careful administering this product. If you are not sure how this is done, you should leave it to your vet to do the administration. It is recommended that you ask your vet for a demonstration first just to be sure of what is to be done.
This medication should be stored at room temperature (64°-77° F) away from children and pets. Dispose off your syringes in the correct manner and in case you use recycled syringes, ensure your store them hygienically to avoid any contamination.
What should I avoid while giving Adequan?
- Do not give this medication to breeding, pregnant or lactating animals.
- Use with caution in animals with kidney or liver disease, or blood clotting or coagulation disorders.
hathappens if I miss giving a dose?
Be sure to administer the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, you may skip the missed dose and give the next one as scheduled. Do not give a double dose of the medication at any given time.
Are there any side effects of Adequan?
This product is regarded as safe to use. However, there are some known side effects of using this product. In case you experience any undesirable side effects, stop giving the product and seek vet intervention. Be on the lookout for allergic reactions such as facial swelling, diarrhoea, hives, scratching, vomiting, pale gums, shock, seizures, cold limbs, or coma. Nose bleeding, blood in the faecal matter or dark stool may be a sign of decreased ability for blood to clot. Contact your veterinarian if you see any of these symptoms.
What other medication interact will affect Adequan?
Consult your vet before using this product in case you are using other prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins and supplements.