Saturday, January 15, 2011

New Product: Equioxx Injectable

Equioxx (firocoxib) injectable in a newer product I wanted to make sure you were aware of. An oral form of Equioxx has been available for over a year now, but it now comes in an injectable form, as well. Equioxx is used for the treatment of osteoarthritis in horses. Clinically we end up using it similarly to phenylbutazone (bute). The primary advantage of Equioxx is that is has a significantly less potential for some of the side effects that bute can cause. Bute can be a little harsh on the stomach, so in horses who are under a lot of stress (in training) or who have a predisposition to stomach ulcers or gastritis, Equioxx might be a good option for them. The other advantage to Equioxx is that it only needs to be dosed once daily. The injectable form allows us to achieve a therapeutic blood level much faster than the oral paste. Equioxx is similar in cost to Banamine.

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