Previcox Anti-inflammatory Chewable Tablets for Dogs
Previcox (Firocoxib) Anti-inflammatory Chewable Tablets for Dogs
Previcox is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) prescribed by your vet to treat your canine companion's pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. It can also help control postoperative pain and inflammation often associated with soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery. This medication comes in a chewable tablet form, which means it can be easily crushed up and disguised in your pet's favorite food.
Previcox (firocoxib) Chewable Tablets are indicated for the control of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and for the control of postoperative pain and inflammation associated with soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery in dogs.
Possible Side Effects
Adverse reactions can occur and may include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, dark or tarry stools, increased water consumption, increased urination, pale gums due to anemia, yellowing of gums, skin or white of the eye due to jaundice, lethargy, incoordination, seizure, or behavioral changes. Serious adverse reactions associated with this drug class can occur without warning. Pet parents should be advised Previcox therapy and contact their veterinarian immediately if signs of intolerance are observed.
Drug & Food Interactions
Firocoxib should not be taken with other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or corticosteroids.
This product cannot be accurately dosed in dogs less than 12.5 pounds in body weight. Consider appropriate washout times when switching from one NSAID to another or when switching from corticosteroid use to NSAID use. As a class, cyclooxygenase inhibitory NSAIDs may be associated with renal, gastrointestinal and hepatic toxicity. Sensitivity to drug-associated adverse events varies with the individual patient. Dogs that have experienced adverse reactions from one NSAID may experience adverse reactions from another NSAID. Patients at greatest risk for adverse events are those that are dehydrated, on concomitant diuretic therapy, or those with existing renal, cardiovascular, and/or hepatic dysfunction. Concurrent administration of potentially nephrotoxic drugs should be carefully approached and monitored. NSAIDs may inhibit the prostaglandins that maintain normal homeostatic function. Such anti-prostaglandin effects may result in clinically significant disease in patients with underlying or pre-existing disease that has not been previously diagnosed. Since NSAIDs possess the potential to produce gastrointestinal ulceration and/or gastrointestinal perforation, concomitant use of Previcox Chewable Tablets with other anti-inflammatory drugs, such as NSAIDs or corticosteroids, should be avoided.
Carefully consider the potential benefits and risks of Previcox and other treatment options before deciding to use Previcox. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual response. The recommended dosage of Previcox (firocoxib) for oral administration in dogs is 2.27 mg/lb (5.0mg/kg) body weight once daily as needed for osteoarthritis and for 3 days as needed for postoperative pain and inflammation associated with soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery. The dogs can be treated with Previcox approximately two hours prior to surgery. The tablets are scored and dosage should be calculated in half tablet increments. Previcox Chewable Tablets can be administered with or without food.
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