Firocoxib

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Firocoxib is a non-narcotic, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent used for the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis in dogs.

 

How do I give this medication?medications

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • This medication may be given with our without food.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and do not give more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

 

What do I do if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

 

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

 

What are the potential side effects?

  • The most common side effects noted include decreased appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Other side effects may include small intestinal erosion or ulceration.
  • Notify your veterinarian if any side effects develop.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

 

Are there any possible drug interactions?

"Sensitivity to firocxib is increased in dehydrated patients, patients on diuretic therapy, those with existing kidney, heart and/or liver dysfunction."

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving to your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following medications may potentially interact with firocoxib: other anti-inflammatory drugs (such as NSAID's) or corticosteroids. Use caution when administering firocoxib with other protein bound drugs as they may compete for binding - these include cardiac, anticonvulsant and behavioral medications.
  • Sensitivity to firocoxib is increased in dehydrated patients, patients on diuretic therapy, those with existing kidney, heart and/or liver dysfunction.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together

This client information sheet is based on material written by: Lifelearn Inc.

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