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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.


Do not give this medication to breeding, pregnant, or lactating animals. Use with caution in animals with kidney or liver disease, or bleeding disorders.

Brand Name:

Adequan (Manufactured by Luitpold)

Generic Name:

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 room temperature (64°-77° F). 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 the animal.

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.

How to Use
  • Adequan is a prescription medication used in dogs for the control of signs associated withnon-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.

All weights
Inject 2mg per lb given only by intramuscular (IM) injection twice a week for up to 4 weeks (a maximum of 8 injections)
Do not use!
Do not use!

Store at room temperature (64-77 F).

Adequan (for Dogs):
Active Ingredients
Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan
100 mg
benzyl alcohol (a preservative)
0.9% v/v
Other Ingredients: Sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid added when necessary to adjust pH. Sodium Chloride may be added to adjust tonicity
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