WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS THAT MAY OCCUR IN MY DOG DURING RIMADYL THERAPY?
RIMADYL, like other drugs, may cause some side effects. Serious but rare side effects have been reported in dogs taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including RIMADYL. Serious side effects can occur with or without warning and in rare situations result in death. The most common NSAID-related side effects generally involve the stomach (such as bleeding ulcers). Kidneys and liver can also be affected. Look for the following side effects that can indicate your dog may be having a problem with RIMADYL or may have another medical problem:
- Decrease or increase in appetite
- Change in bowel movements (such as diarrhea, or black, tarry or bloody stools)
- Change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, incoordination, seizure
- Yellowing of gums, skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
- Change in drinking habits (frequency, amount consumed)
- Change in urination habits (frequency, color or smell)
- Change in skin (redness, scabs or scratching)
It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from RIMADYL therapy. If you have additional questions about possible side effects, talk to your veterinarian.
CAN RIMADYL BE GIVEN WITH OTHER MEDICINES?
RIMADYL should not be given with other NSAIDs (for example, aspirin, etodolac) or steroids (for example, cortisone, prednisone, dexamethasone, triamcinolone). Tell your veterinarian about all medicines you have given your dog in the past, and any medicines that you are planning to give with RIMADYL. This should include other medicines that you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your dog’s medicines can be given together.
WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE DOSE FOR MY DOG?
You should follow the dosage protocol recommended by your veterinarian. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual response. The recommended dosage for oral administration to dogs is 2 mg/lb of body weight daily. The total daily dose may be administered as 2 mg/lb of body weight once daily or divided and administered as 1 mg/lb twice daily.
CAN I USE EXPIRED RIMADYL?
No. We do not have any safety or efficacy data to recommend using RIMADYL that is past its expiration date.
CAN RIMADYL BE PURCHASED ONLINE?
Zoetis’s policy is to sell our companion animal products, such as prescription medications for dogs and cats, exclusively to licensed Veterinarians where a veterinary-client-patient relationship exists. We do not support product that is purchased online.
CAN RIMADYL BE GIVEN LONG-TERM?
Yes. Dogs may be on RIMADYL long-term. All dogs should undergo a thorough history and physical examination before initiation of NSAID therapy. Regular monitoring of your dog by a veterinarian is strongly recommended and is documented on the product label. As the dog owner, it is recommended to observe for signs of potential drug toxicity. (see question on potential side effects above).
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: RIMADYL is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication available only by prescription through your veterinarian. As with other NSAID-class medications, signs of RIMADYL intolerance may include appetite loss, vomiting and diarrhea, which could indicate side effects involving the digestive tract, liver or kidneys. Some of these side effects may occur without warning and, in rare situations may be serious, resulting in hospitalization or even death. If these signs occur, discontinue RIMADYL therapy and consult your veterinarian. For more information, read the full prescribing information.