Pet Medication 101: Carprofen
It’s important to understand a medication’s uses and side effects before giving it to your pet. This medication info sheet is meant to give you a good understanding of what Rimadyl (carprofen) is used for, how it works, and potential side effects in cats and dogs. Always consult a veterinarian before giving your pet any medication.
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1. Drug Name:
2. Common Name or Brand Names:
Rimadyl, Novox, Vetprofen, Quellin, Carprieve, Carpovet, Norocarp
3. How Dispensed:
Caplets (25, 75, 100 mg), tablets (same strengths), injectable (50mg/ml)
5. Drug Type/Class:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID)
6. Uses in Cats and Dogs:
Carprofen is used to treat pain and inflammation in a variety of species. It is FDA approved for use in dogs and is used “off-label” for cats, birds, reptiles, and other large and small animals.
7. How it Works:
Inhibits COX, phospholipase A2, and prostaglandin synthesis, decreasing inflammatory pathways.
8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:
Stomach upset (vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite)
Serious side effects or overdose can lead to liver, kidney, or GI damage (bloody stool, bloody vomit)
9. Drug Interactions:
Never use carprofen with steroid medications.
Use caution when taking aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Use caution when carprofen is taken with ACE inhibitors, cyclosporine, digoxin, insulin, diuretics.
10. Cautionary Statements:
Do not use in pets with bleeding disorders or low platelet counts.
Use caution in pets that are pregnant, nursing, or under 6 weeks of age.
Use with caution in cats.
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