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  • Legal drug question

    My vet wants one of my horses on benedryl for bug bite relief, and allergy relief. So is it legal? I know when I take the stuff I'm out for hours, even the non drowsy stuff knocks me out! I have been giving him sulfur and that has really helped with the bugs, but just wanted to ask before I started him on it.

  • #2
    Antihistamines are illegal under EC rules, not sure about in the US. Not sure about Benadryl in particular, but chances are... I'm sure someone else will know for certain.
    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.


    • #3
      You need to read the D&M pamphlet

      Benedryl isn't mentioned by name, but "antihistamines" are on the list of "forbidden substances", and I THINK it is one.

      If it is being used or therapeutic purposes
      After a horse or pony has been administered any product containing a
      forbidden substance, and before the animal is returned to competition,
      the following requirements must be met:

      1. The product must be used for a legitimate therapeutic purpose only.
      The rule accommodates the use of a forbidden substance for the diagnosis
      or treatment of illness or injury only. If a forbidden substance is administered
      for any other purpose, e.g., clipping, shipping, training, the animal
      must be kept out of competition until the forbidden substance is no longer
      detectable in the animal’s blood or urine sample. This can be a long time

      2. A fter a horse or pony has been administered for a therapeutic purpose
      any product containing a forbidden substance, the animal must be withdrawn
      from competition for at least 24 hours. This is a uniform requirement
      for all therapeutic forbidden substances, and there are no exceptions.

      3. A written medication report must be filed documenting the therapeutic
      use of a forbidden substance. A medication report form should be obtained
      from the steward or technical delegate, filled out completely, and turned in
      to the steward or technical delegate within the time required. All this must
      be done within one hour of the earliest opportunity.

      How long after treatment of any illness or injury is it necessary to file a written
      medication report? It is necessary for as long as the drug might remain
      detectable in a horse’s or pony’s blood or urine (see HOW LONG DRUGS
      REMAIN DETECTABLE on page 11).

      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


      • #4
        "Benadryl" is just a trade name for diphenhydramine, which is indeed explicitly listed as prohibited. And yes, it is an antihistamine.


        • #5
          Lexi is correct diphenhydramine is explicity on the forbidden substances list http://www.usef.org/documents/compet...Guidelines.pdf And to add- always call USEF Drugs & Meds department directly with any medication and supplement questions. They are happy to help, that is what they are there for. http://www.usef.org/_IFrames/Drugs/Default.aspx

          Also not sure why your vet would prescribe benedryl versus prescribing dexamethasone (azium), which you can use at USEF competitions if you follow the recommended with holding times, dex is a restricted medication, not a forbidden one.


          • Original Poster

            Benadry is one I can get over the counter in generic form and it's pretty inxepensive. We aren't showing anytime soon, and I haven't started him on it yet, I wanted to know all this first. I will ask him about dexamethasone and see if it would work for my guy. Do I need vet documentation for any of these? Or better yet, should I just stick with the sulfur since that seems to work and it's legal?


            • #7
              Originally posted by dressagedevon View Post
              Do I need vet documentation for any of these?
              READ the D&M pamphlet.

              It describes the paperwork.

              chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


              • #8
                Originally posted by dressagedevon View Post
                Benadry is one I can get over the counter in generic form and it's pretty inxepensive. We aren't showing anytime soon, and I haven't started him on it yet, I wanted to know all this first. I will ask him about dexamethasone and see if it would work for my guy. Do I need vet documentation for any of these? Or better yet, should I just stick with the sulfur since that seems to work and it's legal?
                If the sulfur is working, great.
                If not, I might choose diphenhydramine over dexamethasone to avoid the side effects of corticosteroids, so long as you're not showing.
                Bottom line I think would be to ask your vet if there's any reason to go for the dexamethasone over the diphenhydramine.
                "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                ...just settin' on the Group W bench.