Equine Clenbuterol hydrochloride
This drug relaxes the smooth muscles in the airway allowing your horse to breathe easier. This medication is available in the form of a liquid.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- A bronchodilator
- Given by mouth
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- Used to treat allergic respiratory disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as heaves
Clenbuterol hydrochloride should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions; read and follow the prescription label carefully.
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.
Give this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian.
Baseline blood work may be recommended to assess your horse’s general health before starting this medication.
Dose adjustments may be made based upon an assessment of how your horse is responding clinically.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
If you are unsure how your horse will react to oral administration of a medication, request assistance or demonstration by your veterinarian.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Clenbuterol hydrochloride should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product as it can produce significant cardiovascular effects in some people.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- This medication can affect the cardiovascular system causing an elevated heart rate
- This medication can cause mild sweating, muscle tremors, restlessness, and hives in the first few days of treatment
- This medication can cause abortions if used in late pregnancy
- This medication can affect the central nervous system and cause inco-ordination
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your horse experiences any adverse reactions to this medication
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Avoid concurrent use with inhalant anesthetics such as halothane and isoflurane
- Avoid concurrent use with cardiovascular medications such as beta-blockers (propanolol) and digoxin
- Avoid concurrent use with other bronchodilators such as albuterol and terbutaline
- Avoid concurrent use with dinoprost, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, oxytocin, and tricyclic antidepressants
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Clenbuterol hydrochloride
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your horse experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your horse receives more than the prescribed amount as overdoses with Clenbuterol hydrochloride can cause death.
WHAT HORSES SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Horses with known cardiovascular disease
- Horses with anhidrosis (an inability to sweat)
- Pregnant mares near term
- Safety in breeding stallions and brood mares has not been established
- Horses with a known hypersensitivity to this drug
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your horse’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
This product should not be used in horses intended for human consumption.
Check with the appropriate regulatory body regarding the use in competition horses.
As with all prescribed medication, Clenbuterol hydrochoride should only be given to the horse for which it was prescribed.
It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about Clenbuterol hydrochloride. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was prescribed, please contact your veterinarian.
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