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Treats Canine Addison's Disease (hypoadrenocorticism).
 
  • FDA-approved for treatment of Canine Addison's Disease
  • Replacement therapy for mineralocorticoid deficiency
  • Available by prescription only
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    Percorten-V


     
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    What is Percorten-V?

     
    Percorten-V (desoxycorticosterone pivalate) is the only medication approved by the FDA for treating Canine Addison's Disease (hypoadrenocorticism). Percorten-V requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

    You will need a syringe to use Percorten-V, but it is not included in the package. Please see 3cc (3ml) luer slip syringe with 3/4" 25 g Needle
    For: Dogs

     
    Benefits:
    Well tolerated
    Low incidence of side effects

    How it works:
    Canine Addison's Disease is a condition where a dog's adrenal glands don't work properly. Normal adrenal glands produce mineralocorticoids that help regulate many bodily functions such as metabolism, blood pressure, and stress response. Percorten-V is a replacement therapy for the mineralocorticoid deficiency in dogs with Addisons disease.

    Cautions:
    Do not use any preventative vaccines such as Percorten-V without checking with your veterinarian. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effects that seem unusual or bothersome to your pet.  Percorten-V should not be stopped suddenly. Percorten-V should not be given to pregnant dogs, or dogs suffering from congestive heart disease, severe renal disease or edema.

    More Information:
     
    Brand Name
    Percorten-V (Novartis)
    Generic Name
    Desoxycorticosterone pivalate (DOCP)

    What is the most important information I should know about Percorten-V: Percorten-V is a prescription medication that is commonly used by veterinarians in dogs for the treatment of Addison's disease. Percorten-V is available as a 4 ml multi-dose vial containing 25mg/ml. Percorten-V should not be stopped suddenly. Irritation at the injection site may occur. Percorten-V is administered IM (intramuscularly). Do not administer IV (intravenously). Contact the veterinarian if the pet develops behavior changes, swelling, or unusual weight gain.

    What is Percorten-V: Percorten-V is a corticosteroid used to treat conditions in which the body does not produce enough of its own steroids, such as Addison's disease. Percorten-V may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

    What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Percorten-V to my pet: Do not give Percorten-V to your pet if the pet has a serious bacterial, viral or fungal infection. Percorten-V weakens the pet's immune response and its ability to fight infections. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, heart disease, stomach ulcers, hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus or any other medical conditions. Also tell your veterinarian if the pet is pregnant or lactating.

    How should this medication be given: Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give more or less than is prescribed by the veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. The usual dose of Percorten-V in dogs is 1mg/pound given by IM injection every 25 days. Store Percorten-V at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

    What happens if I miss giving a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it almost time for the next dose, skip the dose missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of this medication.

    What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of overdose may include swelling or water retention, high blood pressure, weight gain, low levels of potassium in the blood, and Cushing's disease.

    What should I avoid while giving Percorten-V to my pet: Avoid sources of infection. Do not use any preventative vaccines without checking with the veterinarian.

    What are the possible side effects of Percorten-V: If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Percorten-V and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives), increased blood pressure or sudden weight gain. Other less serious side effects may occur. Continue giving Percorten-V and talk to your veterinarian if your pet experiences insomnia, nausea, vomiting or stomach upset, fatigue, muscle weakness or joint pain, problems with diabetes control or increased hunger or thirst. Other side effects that occur rarely, usually with high doses of Percorten-V include thinning of the skin, cataracts, glaucoma, behavior changes. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

    What other drugs will affect Percorten-V: Do not give any other over the counter or prescription medications, including herbal products, during treatment with Percorten-V without first talking to the veterinarian. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is taking Phenobarbital, furosemide, insulin or glipizide, phenytoin, digoxin, warfarin, or aspirin. Drugs other than those listed may interact with Percorten-V resulting in side effects or altered effectiveness.

    Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about Percorten-V written for health professionals that you may read.

    Directions:
    Percoten-V is a prescription medication that is commonly used by veterinarians in dogs for the treatment of Addison’s disease.
    Percoten-V is a corticosteroid used to treat conditions, such as Addison’s disease, in which the body does not produce enough of its own steroids.
    Percoten-V is available as a 4 ml multi-dose vial containing 25mg/ml and is administered IM (intramuscularly). Do not administer IV (intravenously).
    Tip: Percoten-V should not be stopped suddenly. Irritation at the injection site may occur.
    Dosage:
    Pet Weight Dosage
    Dogs: All weights Shake well before using. Give 1mg per pound of body weight by IM (intramuscular) injection every 25 days
    Cats:
    Horses:
    Storage: Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
    Percorten-V:
    Active Ingredients (per mL) Amount
    Desoxycorticosterone Pivalate 25 mg
    Methylcellulose 10.5 mg
    Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose 3 mg
    Polysorbate 80 1 mg
    Sodium Chloride 8 mg
    Thimerosal (a preservative) 0.002%
    Percorten-V 4.8 5 31 31
    It works Vino is now up to 30 day lapse between injections. He is his normal self and only taking 1/2 prednisone tablet which has made his hair stop falling out and has its sheen back. Thank you 1800PetMeds for helping to make the medication available at the lowest cost available. 03/19/2011
    My lab was diagnosed at 9 months old with Addison's Disease, he is going to be 9 years old in April. Percoten V along with Prednisone saved his life and has lived a full life so far and still going strong. 12/04/2014
    Works Great! This product to has helped save my dog's life. It works well and she is here because of it. Percorten is easy to draw and administer with the proper syringe for the proper dosage. 11/15/2014
    This product is a lifesaver My dog Tela was diagnosed with Addison's early last June. Since then I have been giving her monthly injections of Percorten (1 every 28 days). I do have her electrolytes tested once a month and have been lowering her dosage slowly. Percorten has saved her life and I strongly recommend it if your dog has Addison's disease. 11/25/2013
    Addisons My Dane was diagnosed with Addison's he is 114 lbs and taking 4.3ml of porcorten does that sound right? 11/17/2013
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    How much comes in a bottle of percorten? And how many doses?
    1 year, 3 months ago
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    4 mL comes in one bottle. My dog originally got a shot of 2.4 mL when she was first diagnosed. Now I have her electrolytes tested every month and her dose is now at 1.6 mL. My vet has been dropping it by approximately .2mL a month. However, I will keep testing her electrolytes until I find out her ideal, low dosage.
    1 year ago
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    percorten 25mg/ml comes in a 4 ml multi use vial. If you provide the dose prescribed by your
    veterinarian, we will be happy to tell you how many doses in one vial. Please call us with details.
    1 year, 3 months ago
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    Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
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    Percorten-V

    Since our dog has received this medication she is doing much better. The question I have is does it cause hair growth? She has grown hair on her belly that she has never had before and other places.

    Thank you.
    1 year, 3 months ago
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    its possible, since it works directly on the endocrine system
    1 year, 3 months ago
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    Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
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    Since our dog has received this medication she is doing much better. The question I have is does it cause hair growth? She has grown hair on her belly that she has never had before and other places.

    Thank you.
    1 year, 3 months ago
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    Hair growth is not a known side effect of this drug, you may obtain more information from the manufacturer to see if they have had similar reports from other people. Otherwise you should check with your veterinarian to see if there may be any other causes for the hair growth.
    1 year, 3 months ago
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    Janine M./Pharmacist
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    when I put the needle in for draw the medicine and then pull the needle out medicine oozes from the side of the container.
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    its should not ooze out side of vial, ask new bottle asap, the seal is broken and the medicine may not be 100% effective
    1 year, 7 months ago
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    Thank you for the question. A little oozing of the medication is normal when a needle is pulled out from the vial. If you notice considerable amount of oozing, it could be due to improper medication drawing technique. Please ask your veterinarian to show proper medication withdrawal from the vial.
    2 years ago
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    I was told by Novartis that after two months
    (I give the Percorten-v every 28 days) I must get a new bottle. Please help.
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    My dog's a Min Pin who's been on .57 of it for 6 yrs & his vet is one of my best friends.

    I get 5 doses give or take (due to drawing wrong occasionally & losing a little to squirting)
    The last dose of the bottle (5 mos) shows the very obvious boost & that little "fountain of youth" effect I see if he's been especially stressed after the 25 day post dose, then I know the signs that it's time early or not to give him his shot on the 25th day. But that is just what my Friend/Vet told me to do. He also said if he shows none of what are his clear signs, HE (MY DOG) can even go a day or two past 30th day (perhaps because of his size. I know exactly when I have no more than two days to give him that shot based on quite a few signs. It varies with how much stress or excitement he's had when close to the regular 30 day mark. If I see the "signs" I'll give it to him even if it's only been 23 days since last dose.

    *This is what my Vet has supervised for many years but my kid like all is not like any other so always make sure your Vet agrees.

    Of course a drug company would say that.

    One thing my friend/Vet was always fastidious about when he was doing the injection was he shakes the bottle for a really long time, at least a minute or two. (Make sure there's no sign of powder at the bottom when you turn the vial over)

    I keep it in the fridge & find that it's easier to shake if you take it out 15 mins or so & let it get to room temperature *following the drugs included leaflet instructions as to the temperatures which are safe for it to be stored at. It's OK up to 80 degrees I believe - but don't rely on me.
    1 year, 3 months ago
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    I would ask my vet if multiple doses from 1 bottle were OK. we did it for our small dog and it was fine.
    1 year, 7 months ago
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    How long the bottle will last dpends on what dose you are using. The bottle has 4 mls in it. If you know how much you use each time, then we can help you figure out how long the bottle will last.
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    This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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