Polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (Rx)
TRADE NAMES:Adequan Canine
This drug is a medication that is used in dogs and cats to inhibit the destruction of cartilage and reduce the inflammation that is commonly associated with degenerative joint disease. Polysulfated glycosaminoglycan is available as an injectable.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- A cartilage protective agent
- Given by an injection into the muscle
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To aid in the treatment of degenerative joint disease or arthritis
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT USE THIS MEDICATION?
- Animals with liver or kidney disease
- Animals with bleeding or clotting disorders
- Animals that will require surgery in the near future
- Animals that will be used for breeding
- Animals that may be pregnant or nursing
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug should not use this medication
This medication is commonly given by your veterinarian. If you are giving this medication at home, follow your veterinarian's directions carefully. 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 pet's general health before starting this medication.
Periodic blood work to monitor its effects on the body may also be advised if long term therapy is necessary. Dose adjustments may be made based upon these results and an assessment of how your dog or cat is responding clinically.
Call ahead for refills.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
WHEN USING AN INJECTABLE:
Read the prescription label carefully
Follow the directions for injections given by your veterinarian
Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed
Shake the vial to effectively suspend the medication in the liquid
Always use a clean needle and syringe
This medication is only to be given in the muscle, never give this medication into the vein
Follow local regulations when disposing of used needles and syringes
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:
Polysulfated glycosaminoglycan 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.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- This medication can affect the bone marrow resulting in abnormal bruising and bleeding
- If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS PRODUCT BE GIVEN WITH OTHER PRODUCTS/DRUGS?
- Yes, but possible interactions may occur when giving polysulfated glycosaminoglycan in conjunction with: heparin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (ex. acetaminophen, deracoxib, carprofen, ibuprofen, meloxicam), and warfarin
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with polysulfated glycosaminoglycan
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When your pet will need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the 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 medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, 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.
As with all prescribed products/medicines, polysulfated glycosaminoglycan should only be given to the pet 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 polysulfated glycosaminoglycan. If you have any questions or concerns about polysulfated glycosaminoglycan or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.