Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Deracoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent that is often used to relieve pain and inflammation after orthopedic surgery in dogs. It is also indicated for the treatment of chronic pain and lameness 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?

  • This medication is generally well tolerated in dogs. The most common side effects noted include vomiting and diarrhea or soft stools. Other side effects may include loss of appetite, dark stools, depression and changes in drinking and urination.
  • Notify your veterinarian immediately if any side effects develop and stop giving the medication.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.


Are there any possible drug interactions?

"Patients on concurrent diuretic therapy are at increased risk for NSAID toxicity"

  • 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.
  • There is little experience with using deracoxib with other protein-bound medications. Your veterinarian will use caution when administering deracoxib with other protein bound drugs as they may compete for binding - these include cardiac, anticonvulsant and behavioral medications; dose adjustments may be necessary. Patients on concurrent diuretic therapy are at increased risk for NSAID toxicity, as are dehydrated patients or those with existing kidney, liver, and/or heart dysfunction; therefore, the use of deracoxib in these patients is not advised.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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