Surpass® Topical Cream
Equine Diclofenac sodium cream
This medication is used in horses to reduce the discomfort associated with degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a progressive joint disease that can cause pain, lameness, and reduced mobility.
WHAT IS THIS DRUG?
- Diclofenac sodium cream is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory cream
- Applied topically to joints
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- Used to control pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis of the hock, stifle, fetlock, and pastern
Diclofenac sodium cream should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Read and follow the prescription label carefully in regards to the amount of cream to be used and the frequency of application.
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.
Periodic blood work to monitor its effects on the body is also advised if long term therapy is necessary.
Dose adjustments may be made based upon these results and an assessment of how your horse is responding clinically.
Ideally, give this medication at the same time(s) daily.
Avoid getting this medication in your horse’s eyes, nose, or mouth.
The cream needs to be rubbed thoroughly into the hair covering the joint.
Wear protective gloves to avoid absorption of this medication into your hands.
If you are unsure how your horse will react to topical 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:
Diclofenac sodium cream 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.
Direct contact with skin should be avoided. To prevent systemic absorption of the cream, wash skin immediately with soap and water in the case of accidental contact.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- Exceeding the recommended dosage and treating multiple joints can increase the risk of potential side effects
- This medication can affect the gastrointestinal system causing decreased appetite, abnormal feces, colic, gastric ulceration, and weight loss
- This medication can affect the skin causing sores, ulcers, or scabs around the mouth, lips, and on the tongue
- This medication can affect the kidneys causing a change in drinking and urination frequency
- This medication can affect the liver causing a yellowing of the gums, skin, and eyes
- This medication can affect the reproductive tract causing uterine discharge
- This medication can affect the local skin where applied causing inflammation, swelling, and hair loss
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your horse experiences any adverse reactions to this medication
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your horse receives more than the prescribed amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE USING THIS MEDICATION?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- The signs of osteoarthritis you have observed
- The importance of weight control and exercise in the management of osteoarthritis
- 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 liver or kidney disease
- 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, Diclofenac sodium cream 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 Diclofenac sodium cream. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was prescribed, please contact your veterinarian.