Pentosan polysulfate sodium (Rx)
Pentosan polysulfate sodium is a semi-synthetic carbohydrate derivative that is very similar to the supplement glycosaminoglycan, a cartilage protective agent. It is used in dogs for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other joint conditions.This medication will be given by injection at your veterinary clinic. Four injections are needed at 5-7 day intervals, with benefits lasting at least three months.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- Pentosan polysulfate sodium is a semi-synthetic polymer that possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic chondroprotective properties that assist the body to rebuild damaged joint cartilage
- Pentosan polysulfate sodium is given by injection
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To treat canine osteoarthritis and other joint conditions in one or more joint(s) by rebuilding damaged joint cartilage
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Pets with bleeding disorders or those with surgery planned in the near future
- Pets with traumatic hemorrhage, abdominal cancers or infection
- Use with caution in pets with liver or kidney disease
- Do not use in dogs with septic arthritis
- Safe use in breeding animals has not been confirmed
Four injections are needed at 5-7 day intervals, with benefits lasting at least three months.
Strict adherence to the dosing regime will produce the best results. Increasing the dose will not result in better or faster response and may actually worsen your pet’s symptoms.
WHAT IF DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, try to schedule an appointment for another 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.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Pentosan polysulfate sodium should be stored in the refrigerator between 2° and 8°C. Do not freeze. Protect from direct sunlight.
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:
- Prolonged bleeding time or other bleeding disorders are possible. Any occurrence of bleeding in treated animals should prompt an investigation for the underlying cause. Contact your veterinarian if your pet vomits blood or has black, tarry or bloody stools).
- It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think you pet has a medical problem or side effect from this product's therapy
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur with other medications that interfere with blood clotting (eg. aspirin, anticoagulants).
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet has a reaction to this medication.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When will your pet need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- Risks and benefits of using this drug
Tell your veterinarian about:
- If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medicines can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant or nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
This is just a summary of information about Pentosan polysulfate sodium. If you have any questions or concerns about Pentosan polysulfate sodium or for the condition it was prescribed, contact your veterinarian.
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