This medication affects the central nervous system causing muscle relaxation and sedation in horses. Guaifenesin is available as an injectable medication.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- A centrally acting muscle relaxant that may provide some sedation
- Given as an intravenous (IV) injection
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING
- Can be used by intravenous (IV) injection with other medications as an adjunct for short procedure anesthesia
Most injectable anesthetics are only given in the safety of the veterinary hospital and would never be prescribed for use at home.
Caution should be exercised with the use of Guaifenesin as the muscle relaxation and weakness can occur rapidly and the timing of administration for further anesthetic agents is crucial
Baseline blood work may be recommended to assess your horse's general health before giving this medication.
Periodic blood work to monitor its effects on the body may also be advised if long term therapy is necessary.
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:
Guaifenesin should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dark place at room temperature away from heat and direct light.
Guaifenesin should only be used in a facility that has appropriate monitoring, ability to deliver oxygen, and patient care available.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
- This medication can cause mild hypotension and an increase in heart rate
- Excessive or repeated administration can cause a prolonged recovery
- This medication can cause tissue damage if given outside of a blood vessel, it should always be administered with a catheter
- If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Appropriate analgesics will need to be provided for painful procedures as this medication does not provide a significant amount of pain relief
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur when giving Guaifenesin in conjunction with: physostigmine and other central nervous system depressants
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Guaifenesin
- 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.
WHAT HORSES SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS medication?
- Injectable guaifenesin should not be used in horses where general anesthesia or sedation is contraindicated
- Use with caution in horses with known liver disease
- Use with caution in horses with cardiovascular disease
- Use with caution in horses that are severely debilitated or in shock
- Use with caution in horses with a known bleeding disorder
- Safety in breeding, pregnant, or lactating mares has not been established
- Do not use in horses with a known hypersensitivity to this drug
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- When your horse may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
- If your horse has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your horse has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your horse or plan to give your horse, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your horse’s medications can be given together.
- If your mare is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed in the near future
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, Guaifenesin 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 Guaifenesin. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was prescribed, please contact your veterinarian.