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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.
Adequan for Dogs and Horses
For: Dogs
Benefits:
Helps control non-infectious degenerative or traumatic arthritis
Good for post-surgery 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.

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


More Information:
Brand Name
Adequan (Manufactured by Luitpold)
Generic Name
Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) Solution

What is the most important information I should know about Adequan:
Adequan is a prescription medication used in dogs to control signs associated with degenerative or traumatic arthritis. Adequan Canine 100mg/ml is available by prescription in a box containing 2 x 5 ml vials. The usual dose in dogs is 2mg per lb given by intramuscular injection only, twice a week for up to 4 weeks. Do not mix this medication with other drugs or chemicals.
 
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 (64º-77º 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 happens if I give an overdose:
Overdose is extremely rare. Symptoms that may indicate toxicity include joint pain, swelling and lameness.
 
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.

Directions:
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.
Tip: 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.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs: 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)
Cats:
Horses:
Storage: Store at room temperature (64-77 F).
Adequan (for Dogs):
Active Ingredients Amount
Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan 100 mg
benzyl alcohol (a preservative) 0.9% v/v
water  

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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Adequan For Dogs Adequan product review: One of the first products of its kind in veterinary medicine, now in use over many years and thousands of dogs and happy dog guardians , my clinical experience with this pioneering injectable FDA approved joint supplement has also been very positive. By injecting this product intramuscularly, one avoids some of the problems with absorption that is occasionally seen with other natural joint supplements given orally. The polysulfated glycosaminglycan solution quickly goes to the joints that need it, modifying the disease process of degenerative joint disease, by inhibiting enzymes that break down the supportive cartilage of the joints, while at the same time increasing the thickness of the lubricating joint fluid, just as shock absorbers do for ones automobile. The results are a decrease in inflammation and joint pain. I have even used this product in cats on occasion with terrific results, which is so important, given the paucity of effective and safe drugs for cats available on the market for arthritis. Results can be seen within hours to days. I usually will follow the manufacturer's recommendations giving it twice weekly for first 4 weeks. Some pets will have long term relief, while others will need periodic injections anywhere from every 2-4 weeks. I will often combine use of this product with omega 3 fatty acids, as well as antioxidants like proanthozone, also available from 1800petmeds, and find that with this multipronged supplement approach, that I often can avoid the need for stronger prescription drugs which may have occasional side effects. The only side effects I have occasionally seen in animals is very rare bleeding tendencies. This is best avoided by having blood work done first by your veterinarian to make sure there are no pre existing problems of the liver or kidneys that may predispose to this. The only other negative I can see is the need to get your vet to write a prescription for it, and the need for some clients to get over the fear of learning how to give these injections to their pets at home. Once I have shown clients the first time, they often find it quite easy and money saving to do right at home themselves. I give this product an overall efficacy rating of a 5, with an ease of use a 3. . 04/20/2009
Miracle Drug For my German Shepherd Adequan is a miracle drug. My husband & I were discussing buying the lifting strap to help her into the car, she cried going upstairs & rarely played with my other GSD. One day after her first injection she was running through the house & yard, jumping into the car & playing with her brother like a puppy. She has been on the Adequan for about 2 months now & she has absolutely no arthritic symptoms - and no side effects! Also, I researched the cost & PetMeds (with the 10% off) was the best price available. 08/09/2014
Gave us two more years of Sophia Adequan was a GODSEND for our beloved Sophia. She was a fiesty little black Pomeranian who had such a love for life, until one day arthritis was noticed on an x-ray for another issue. Sure enough a year later it started to effect her. Did some research independent of our vet and we each came to the conclusion that Adequan would be a good option for Sophia. Her muscles in her hips had degenerated to the point that she had a very bony butt. We started the Adequan and noticed a difference almost overnight. More energy, more pep and she started running like a puppy. We got thru the initial doses and spent almost two years on a monthly booster. She went from a bony butt to having some muscle back there. Energy levels were of a dog 1/2 her age. Unfortunately we lost her a little over a year ago - but at 15 years of age it was expected. Thanks to Adequan we easily got two years of life and love out of our Sophia. This stuff was a GODSEND! 07/30/2014
Relief My three legged Golden/Mix is surviving very well on Adequan. 1 ml every 10 days and cartilage in his knee joint is strong. So far so good. Glucosamine 3xday was/is part of his diet and Adequan still improved his freedom of movement tremendously. 07/18/2014
So happy with the results! We rescued a dachshund from a puppy mill last year--didn't know her exact age but her health had clearly been neglected. Her arthritis became so bad over the past few months that she could barely walk to use the bathroom or eat and spent 99% of the day laying in the same position. We tried rimadyl, cosequin and other oral medications and supplements. Nothing worked. I'm so happy our vet suggested Adequan. Her tail has never wagged so much! She waddles around the apartment and even runs occasionally! It was so worth the money and we will do it again if she needs it. 06/11/2014
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Speak to your veterinarian if this would be appropriate to give both to your dog.
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If a dog weighs 103lbs. how many treatments will I get out of this product?
I read that some get 6 treatments . How do you know how much to give and where do you insert the needle in the animal? Is this a monthly injection after a few weeks of injections?
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About 6 treatments is correct, the Adequan I purchased came in two 5 ml bottles & my 90 lb dog was prescribed 1.5 ml per injection - which comes out to about 7. Because Adequan is prescription only you would need to see the Vet, who will give you the dosage-my Vet taught me how to give the injection, so I would inquire if your Vet will do this before making an appointment. The injection is monthly after the first few weeks. This drug was the best arthritic medication I ever used for my dogs.
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To be honest, you really need the veterinarian or vet tech to show you exactly where and how to inject your pet in order to make sure it is properly done. The vet will have to determine how much to inject. A dog of this size would get a dose of 206 mg. Your vet may or may not decide to round out that number. You may be from 4 to 5 treatments on your dog depending on the vet's decision.Yes, after the first month. typically you can go to a 2 times a month or even 1 time a month
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So confused.

I use adequan on my horse and it is a miracle worker. With the canine (my dog is 90lbs.) to start is it once a week for 6 weeks, than 1 injection a month?
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You will need to ask your veterinarian about the specific dosing for your dog.
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Adequan for dogs

I have a 19 lb. pug, the vet has suggested I read about Adequan. As the medication is expensive how long can I expect a vial to last? The recommended dosage was once weekly for 6 weeks, then once a week for 6 weeks and then once monthly.
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My 88 pound Rottweiler just started on Adequan. She had 3 injections from the first vial, so each box (with 2 vials) will last us for 6 doses, so I'll be buying another box for the last 2 injections this month. I'm guessing your dog will get several more injections from each box since he weighs so much less than my dog. Hope this helps!
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please call our pharmacy so we can give you the best answer. How many ml's did the vet
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The response to the medication depends on the severity of the arthritis in your dog, you may need to use additional pain medication to alleviate the pain.
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