What is Adequan?
Adequan Canine (for dogs) is used to control symptoms associated with degenerative or traumatic arthritis. Adequan requires a prescription from your veterinarian. A syringe is needed, but not included in the package. Please see 3cc (3ml) luer lock syringe with 3/4" 25 g Needle.
- Helps control noninfectious degenerative or traumatic arthritis
- Good for postsurgery treatment
- Starts to work within hours and stays in the joint for about three days
How it Works:
Adequan inhibits enzymes that break down cartilage within your dog's joints. It reduces inflammation and increases the thickness of joint (synovial) fluid.
Not for use in humans. Do not give this medication to breeding, pregnant, or lactating pets. Use with caution in pets with kidney or liver disease, or bleeding disorders.
Adequan (Manufactured by Luitpold)
Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) Solution
What is Adequan:
Adequan belongs to a unique class of drugs called Disease-Modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs (DMOAD). It is an injectable polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) and is the only FDA approved product of its type. Adequan has been clinically shown to help treat the disease while giving relief from pain. It modifies the disease cycle, stimulates cartilage repair processes and diminishes joint damage while reducing the pain caused by osteoarthritis.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Adequan:
Tell your veterinarian if your dog has any known or suspected bleeding disorders. Tell your veterinarian if your dog has any liver or kidney disease. Tell your veterinarian if your dog is breeding, pregnant or lactating.
How should this medication be given:
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Adequan is given by intramuscular (IM, into the muscle) injection. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. Store Adequan at 68° - 77° F (20° - 25° C) excursions permitted to 59° - 86° (15° - 30° C). Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.
What happens if I miss giving a dose:
Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.
What should I avoid while giving Adequan:
Do not give this medication to breeding, pregnant or lactating animals. Use with caution in animals with kidney or liver disease, or blood clotting or coagulation disorders.
What are the possible side effects of Adequan:
Few side effects are seen following Intramuscular injection. Stop giving Adequan and seek emergency veterinary medical attention if an allergic reaction (facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma) should occur. Bleeding from the nose, blood in the feces, or dark and tarry stools may indicate a decreased ability of blood to clot. Contact your veterinarian if you notice these symptoms. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effects that seem unusual or bothersome to your pet.
What other drugs will affect Adequan:
Consult your veterinarian before using any other prescription or over the counter medicines including vitamins and supplements.
Where can I get more information:
Your pharmacist has additional information about Adequan Canine written for health professionals that you may read.
- Adequan is a prescription medication used in dogs for the control of signs associated with non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic arthritis of canine synovial joints and following surgical procedures involving a joint.
Do not give this medication to breeding, pregnant, or lactating animals. Use with caution in animals with kidney or liver disease, or blood clotting or coagulation disorders.
Inject 2 mg per lb of body weight given only by intramuscular (IM) injection twice a week for up to 4 weeks (a maximum of 8 injections)
Store Adequan at 68° - 77° F (20° - 25° C) excursions permitted to 59° - 86° (15° - 30° C). Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.
Adequan for Dogs is rated
Rated 5 out of
She's a new dog
My dog seemed to be in severe pain with walking, jumping, and playing. She does have arthritis due to her age; she's 10 years old. I want to make her as comfortable as possible. The vet suggested Adequan and since giving it to her she has improved by leaps and bounds. She doesn't seem sore when standing and has resumed playing. This is a miracle medication!!
Date published: 2016-10-25
Rated 5 out of
This has changed my dog's life. We moved our almost 11 year old lab across country and then 2 months later flew him to Hawaii for a permanent move. He has been sore, panting, miserable and mopey. We started this medicine after our vet wrote an RX for it and he's a new dog! He's even back to sneaking up onto our very high king sized bed! I couldn't be happier to have our old pup back.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 5 out of
A miracle for my dog
My Shepherd had FHO surgery due to serious hip dysplasia. We did PT with her, including underwater treadmill and anti-inflamatory drugs, which helped. But nothing has made a difference like the adequan shots. Every few days for 3 weeks now once every 3 weeks. It's made such a difference for her. She's even jumping up on people - it's an amazing problem to have with this dog!
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of
very effective for helping w hip dysplasia pain
I've been using this for a year w my older boxer. This keeps he comfortable, active and playful. Just hate to have to inject it. Ugh
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of
My dog can walk again!!!
I have a large Newfoundland/Labrador mix with hip problems and diabetes. He is 12 years old now. A few months ago he somewhat suddenly was unable to get up, walk around, or support his own weight in his back hips after simultaneously being diagnosed with diabetes. He would try, but I had to help him around, by using my arms like a sling. I honestly thought I was going to have to put him down. I didn't know what to do right away so it was 2 weeks before I found out about and received Adequan. I followed the instructions, giving him 2 shots a week for 4 weeks. Three and a half weeks after I started the injections he was still not walking. It wasn't until 2 days after the last loading dose that he was able to get up on his own and walk outside. So it took 30 days from the first injection before I saw him walk again. I could tell he was gaining strength as I helped him along in the weeks leading up to the end of the loading dose, so I know he was getting stronger and feeling better right away. I should also note that at the time his blood sugar was still quite high, about 3.5x what it should be. So, all thought he was also receiving insulin for about 6 weeks before he recovered, I feel the Adequan did more to treat his hips and help him regain strength but I'm an engineer, not a Dr.
Now: 3 months later. I give my dog adequan every 2 weeks now to maintain his strenght and mobility. He is doing so much better its really unbelievable. I only wish I had known about adequan sooner and started it before his hips got as bad as they did. Still, I can't say enough how well this has worked for my dog. Be patient and work through the whole dose.
I didn't observe any ill effects from using Adequan. I monitor his blood glucose closely and never witnessed a spike or abnormal readings after an Adequan injection.
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of
Great Pain Relief
Really has helped my dog ...relieved his pain and he is able to walk without limping and wincing ...
Date published: 2016-04-27
Rated 4 out of
My cat has been on this for 8 months. She is 16 years old with advanced arthritis in her elbows and knees. She moves better at the every 2 week maintenance dosing than our original 4 week plan. This is only part of her arthritis pain control plan but has shown the biggest impact. She is more active and social when she is on Adequan.
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 5 out of
Bought us some time.
Our Shepherd is in terrible shape with arthritis and hip dysplasia. We were ready to put her down. Then we heard about Adequan. Our 12 yr old is still not in the best of shape but much better than what she was and also not in the pain she was in. I truly believe this drug has given us at least another year with our baby maybe even more.
Date published: 2016-03-16