Carpaquin relieves pain and inflammation caused by arthritis and other joint problems to help your dog maintain his regular activity level and quality of life. It is also given to help reduce pain associated with surgeries.
For: Dogs. The safe use of Carpaquin in dogs less than 6 weeks of age has not been evaluated.
Although there is no known cure for arthritis, there is a way to help ease the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis and other joint abnormalities. Carpaquin, a branded generic form of carprofen, relieves arthritis pain and inflammation to help your dog maintain his regular activity level and quality of life. Carpaquin is shown to be clinically effective and can also be used to control pain from soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs. Available in scored caplets, which are easy to break apart to give the exact dose your pet needs
How it works: Carpaquin is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID. These types of drugs inhibit the cell's production of prostaglandins, which are chemicals made by the cells to perform specific functions, such as triggering inflammation. Various NSAIDs work differently on different dogs, so if you think your dog is suffering from the pain of arthritis, discuss the use of a NSAID, including Carpaquin, with your veterinarian.
Dosage & Administration: Carpaquin is given by mouth. It may be given with food to reduce the chance of stomach/intestinal side effects. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed. For long-term use, use the lowest dose needed to provide relief.
Possible side effects of Carpaquin: The most common side effect of NSAIDs is stomach upset, but stomach ulcers may develop, in which case you may see loss of appetite; vomiting; diarrhea; dark, tarry or, bloody stools; or constipation. Side effects involving the kidney include increased thirst and urination, or changes in the urine color or smell. Liver-related side effects include jaundice (yellowing of the gums, skin, or eyes). Other side effects may include pale gums, lethargy, shedding, incoordination, seizures, or behavioral changes. If any of these side effects are observed, stop treatment and contact your veterinarian.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
If you miss giving a dose: If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
If you overdose the pet: With an overdose, you may see vomiting; diarrhea; dark, tarry, or bloody stools; constipation; increased thirst and urination; changes in the urine color or smell; yellowing of the gums, skin, or eyes; incoordination; seizures; or behavioral changes. If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose or if any of these side effects are observed, stop treatment and contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid while giving Carpaquin to my pet: Consult your veterinarian before using Carpaquin with any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, other NSAIDs (e.g., aspirin, Rimadyl, etodolac (EtoGesic), deracoxib (Deramaxx), firocoxib (Previcox), tepoxalin (Zubrin), and meloxicam (Metacam); steroids (e.g., prednisone, dexamethasone, Medrol, triamcinolone), methotrexate, furosemide (Lasix), digoxin, phenobarbital, oral anticoagulants (heparin, warfarin), enalapril, phenylpropanolamine, sulfa drugs, and some oral antidiabetic drugs, since interactions may occur.
Who should not take it? NOT for use in cats.
Not for use in animals who are hypersensitive (allergic) to carprofen (Rimadyl), aspirin, etodolac (EtoGesic), deracoxib (Deramaxx), firocoxib (Previcox), meloxicam (Metacam), tepoxalin (Zubrin), or other NSAIDs.
The safe use of Carpaquin in dogs less than 6 weeks of age has not been evaluated.