Carpaquin Caplets is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to reduce pain and inflammation (soreness) due to osteoarthritis and pain following surgery in dogs. Carpaquin Caplets is a prescription drug for dogs. It is available as a caplet and is given to dogs by mouth.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful condition caused by "wear and tear" of cartilage and other parts of the joints that may result in the following changes or signs in your dog:
To control surgical pain (e.g. for surgeries such as spays, ear procedures or orthopedic repairs) your veterinarian may administer Carpaquin Caplets before the procedure and recommend that your dog be treated for several days after going home.
Always provide Client Information Sheet with prescription. Carefully consider the potential benefits and risk of Carpaquin and other treatment options before deciding to use Carpaquin. 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 (4.4 mg/kg) 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 (2.2 mg/kg) twice daily. For the control of postoperative pain, administer approximately 2 hours before the procedure. Caplets are scored, and dosage should be calculated in half-caplet increments.
EFFECTIVENESS: Confirmation of the effectiveness of carprofen for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and for the control of postoperative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, was demonstrated in 5 placebo-controlled, masked studies examining the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effectiveness of carprofen in various breeds of dogs.
Separate placebo-controlled, masked, multicenter field studies confirmed the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effectiveness of carprofen when dosed at 2 mg/lb once daily or when divided and administered at 1 mg/lb twice daily. In these two field studies, dogs diagnosed with osteoarthritis showed statistically significant overall improvement based on lameness evaluations by the veterinarian and owner observations when administered carprofen at labeled doses.
Separate placebo-controlled, masked, multicenter field studies confirmed the effectiveness of carprofen for the control of postoperative pain when dosed at 2 mg/lb once daily in various breeds of dogs. In these studies, dogs presented for ovariohysterectomy, cruciate repair, and aural surgeries were administered carprofen preoperatively and for a maximum of 3 days (soft tissue) or 4 days (orthopedic) postoperatively. In general, dogs administered carprofen showed statistically significant improvement in pain scores compared to controls.
INDICATIONS: Carprofen is indicated for the relief of pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and for the control of postoperative pain associated with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries in dogs.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: Carprofen should not be used in dogs exhibiting previous hypersensitivity to carprofen.
WARNINGS: Keep out of reach of children. Not for human use. Consult a physician in cases of accidental ingestion by humans. For use in dogs only. Do not use in cats. All dogs should undergo a thorough history and physical examination before initiation of NSAID therapy. Appropriate laboratory tests to establish hematological and serum biochemical baseline data before, and periodically during, administration of any NSAID should be considered. Owners should be advised to observe for signs of potential drug toxicity (see Information for Dog Owners, Adverse Reactions, Animal Safety and Post-Approval Experience).
What kind of results can I expect when my dog is on Carpaquin Caplets? While Carpaquin Caplets is not a cure for osteoarthritis, it can relieve the pain and inflammation of OA and improve your dog"s mobility.
Who should not take Carpaquin Caplets? Your dog should not be given Carpaquin Caplets if he/she:
Carpaquin Caplets should be given to dogs only? Cats should not be given Carpaquin Caplets. Call your veterinarian immediately if your cat receives Carpaquin Caplets. People should not take Carpaquin Caplets. Keep Carpaquin Caplets and all medicines out of reach of children. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take Carpaquin Caplets.
How to give Carpaquin Caplets to your dog? Carpaquin Caplets should be given according to your veterinarian's instructions. Your veterinarian will tell you what amount of Carpaquin Caplets is right for your dog and for how long it should be given. Carpaquin Caplets should be given by mouth and may be given with or without food.
What to tell/ask your veterinarian before giving Carpaquin Caplets?
What are the possible side effects that may occur in my dog during Carpaquin Caplets therapy? Carpaquin Caplets, like other drugs, may cause some side effects. Serious but rare side effects have been reported in dogs taking NSAIDs, including Carpaquin Caplets. 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), and liver or kidney problems. Look for the following side effects that can indicate your dog may be having a problem with Carpaquin Caplets or may have another medical problem:
It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from Carpaquin Caplets therapy. If you have additional questions about possible side effects, talk to your veterinarian
Can Carpaquin Caplets be given with other medicines? Carpaquin Caplets should not be given with other NSAIDs (for example aspirin, deracoxib, etodolac, firocoxib, meloxicam, tepoxalin) or steroids (for example cortisone, dexamethasone, prednisone, 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 Carpaquin Caplets. 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 do I do in case my dog eats more than the prescribed amount of Carpaquin Caplets? Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats more than the prescribed amount of Carpaquin Caplets.