Rimadyl (Carprofen) Caplets
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RIMADYL (Carprofen) by Pfizer is a 24-hour, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) designed to treat arthritis in dogs. Rimadyl (Carprofen) are used 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. Dogs love these liver-flavored Rimadyl (Carprofen) tablets. Although effective for most dogs, Rimadyl (Carprofen) should not be used in any dog with kidney, liver, or heart disease. Do not give to dogs that are pregnant or nursing.

INDICATIONS: Rimadyl 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.

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DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION: Always provide Client Information Sheet with prescription. Carefully consider the potential benefits and risk of Rimadyl and other treatment options before deciding to use Rimadyl. 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. Rimadyl tablets are scored, and dosage should be calculated in half-tablet increments. Tablets can be halved by placing the tablet on a hard surface and pressing down on both sides of the score. Rimadyl chewable tablets are palatable and willingly consumed by most dogs when offered by the owner. Therefore, they may be fed by hand or placed on food. Care should be taken to ensure that the dog consumes the complete dose.

The recommended dosage for subcutaneous administration to dogs is 2 mg/lb (4.4 mg/kg) of body weight daily. The total daily dose may be administered as either 2 mg/lb of body weight once daily or divided and administered as 1 mg/lb (2.2 mg/kg) twice daily. For control of post-operative pain, administer approximately 2 hours before the procedure

View Rimadyl Drug Facts Sheet.

PALATABILITY: A controlled palatability study was conducted which demonstrated that Rimadyl chewable tablets were readily accepted and consumed on first offering by a majority of dogs.

EFFECTIVENESS: Confirmation of the effectiveness of Rimadyl 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 7 placebo-controlled, masked studies examining the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effectiveness of Rimadyl caplets and injectable in various breeds of dogs.

Separate placebo-controlled, masked, multicenter field studies confirmed the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effectiveness of Rimadyl caplets when dosed at 2 mg/lb once daily or when divided and administered at 1 mg/lb twice daily. In these 2 field studies, dogs diagnosed with osteoarthritis showed statistically significant overall improvement based on lameness evaluations by the veterinarian and owner observations when administered Rimadyl at labeled doses.

Based upon the blood level comparison between subcutaneous and oral administration, Rimadyl effectiveness for osteoarthritis after dorsoscapular subcutaneous and oral administration should be similar, although there may be a slight delay in the onset of relief after subcutaneous injection.

Separate placebo-controlled, masked, multicenter field studies confirmed the effectiveness of Rimadyl caplets and injectable 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 Rimadyl preoperatively and for a maximum of 3 days (soft tissue) or 4 days (orthopedic) postoperatively. In general, dogs administered Rimadyl showed a statistically significant reduction in pain scores compared to controls.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Rimadyl 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 is Rimadyl?

Rimadyl is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to reduce pain and inflammation (soreness) due to osteoarthritis and surgery in dogs. A licensed veterinarian must prescribe Rimadyl for your dog. It is available as a caplet and chewable tablet 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:

  • Limping or lameness
  • Decreased activity or exercise (difficulty or reluctance in standing, climbing stairs, jumping or running)
  • Stiffness or decreased movement of joints

To control surgical pain (for example, for surgeries such as spays, ear procedures or orthopedic repairs), your veterinarian may administer Rimadyl before the procedure and recommend that your dog be treated for several days after going home.

What kind of results can I expect when my dog is on Rimadyl for OA?

While Rimadyl is not a cure for osteoarthritis, it can relieve the pain and inflammation of OA and improve your dog's mobility.

  • Response varies from dog to dog but can be quite dramatic.
  • In most dogs, improvement can be seen in a matter of days.
  • If Rimadyl is discontinued or not given as directed, your dog's pain and inflammation may come back.

What should not take Rimadyl?

Your dog should not be given Rimadyl if he/she:

  • Has had an allergic reaction to carprofen, the active ingredient of Rimadyl.
  • Has had an allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs (for example, etodolac, meloxicam or deracoxib) such as hives, facial swelling, or red or itchy skin.

Rimadyl should be given to dogs only. Cats should not be given Rimadyl, Call your veterinarian immediately if your cat receives Rimadyl. People should not take Rimadyl. Keep Rimadyl and all medicines out of reach of children. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take Rimadyl.

How to give Rimadyl to your dog.

Rimadyl should be given according to your veterinarian's instructions. Your veterinarian will tell you what amount of Rimadyl is right for your dog and for how long it should be given. Rimadyl Caplets should be given by mouth. Most dogs will take Rimadyl Chewable Tablets right out of your hand or the tablet can be placed in the mouth. Rimadyl may be given with or without food.

What to tell/ask your veterinarian before giving Rimadyl.

Talk to your veterinarian about:

  • The signs of OA you have observed (for example, limping, stiffness).
  • The importance of weight control and exercise in the management of OA.
  • What tests might be done before Rimadyl is prescribed.
  • How often your dog may need to be examined by your veterinarian.
  • The risk and benefits of using Rimadyl.

Tell your veterinarian if your dog has ever had the following medical problems:

  • Experienced side effects from Rimadyl or other NSAIDs, such as aspirin
  • Digestive upset (vomiting and/or diarrhea)
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • A bleeding disorder (for example, Von Willebrand's disease)

Tell your veterinarian about:

  • Any other medical problems or allergies that your dog ha snow or has had.
  • All medicines that you are giving your dog or plan to give your dog, including those you can get without a prescription.

Tell your veterinarian if your dog is:

  • Pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your dog.

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 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
  • Vomitng
  • 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 or aggression)
  • 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 do I do in case my dog eats more than the prescribed amount of Rimadyl?

Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats more than the prescribed amount of Rimadyl.

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By Lorraine
Ca
May 18, 2016
Great response time
Prior orders have been a bit confused, but the last two the customer service department and the delivery have been positive and quick!
By Dave
Boston, MA
July 2, 2015
Delivered on time, they caught error in my order
Inadvertently ordered the wrong size Rimadyl pills but they called me several times to make sure they knew what I wanted to do. Arrived quickly ... my regular place for my pitbull's meds
ProsGood customer service, good quality products at best price I've found