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Stopping Equioxx/Previcoxx

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  • Stopping Equioxx/Previcoxx

    My 17 yr old gelding has been on Equioxx for a while for hock and stifle stiffness. I am honestly not sure if it does much but yet, am sort of afraid to stop it in case it is helping. Has anyone questioned if Equioxx was doing anything and then stopped it? Results one way or the other? Especially interested if used for hock and/or stifle issues or general age related stiffness.

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    It wasn't helping my old mare with her arthritis pain. I switched to Aleve. Every other day. Big improvement but more of a risk for stomach issues.

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      I have a 25 y.o. gelding who was on Previcox a couple of times for soft tissue problems. At one point he was off going to the right in a small circle. I don't remember how long but it was months. I cut back to every other day, and then stopped. He was fine, He is back on it for a knee that is arthritic and stiff because of a lump on the front that is outside the capsule and is calcifying. It really has made a big difference, along with Avanti shoes the farrier suggested, and a joint supplement from HorseTech. He is cruising around like a young guy. The vet says don't change anything, no need to cut back on riding. Works for me.
      Tussman's law: Nothing is as inevitable as a mistake whose time has come.

      "Providence sometimes takes care of idiots." Agnes Morley Cleaveland, No Life for a Lady, 1977.

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        My aged pony gelding was on it for his hocks for about a year when I decided to cut it back to see how much it was helping. I went to giving it every other day and he became noticeably sore. When I went back to the daily dose and he was right again after a few days.
        My welsh pony had been on it several times, stopping when it was no longer needed. He gets it for that "age related stiffness" and it helps.

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          My almost 21 year old gelding has been on it since Aug 2016 for hock and spine arthritis. Pain is under control with a full dose M-W-F and a half dose the other 4 days; doesn't do much for his stiffness--glucosamine sulfate is what helps that. If he doesn't get his GS, he has a really hard time getting moving from a standstill--like his feet are super glued to the ground. I let it run out a couple of years ago because my vet said it did nothing, but I saw a big difference with it vs without it so back on it he went, and on it he will stay.

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            I had to take my draftx off it when he was about 14. I think he had been on it for a year, but he started having persistent diarrhea which the vet said could be due to the equioxx doing permanent stomach damage. I did not notice a difference (other than the diarrhea stopped). The only thing I notice a difference from is Pentosan.

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              Interesting experiences. The stiffness is my guys main issue...Dinky-
              ​​specifIcally glucosamine sulfate vs hci?

              I guess the only way to know is to try it and see. I'm doing pentosan this fall too. I'm trying to evaluate his supplements/meds and keep what works but it's hard to know sometimes.
              Last edited by TWH Girl; Oct. 10, 2019, 08:35 PM.

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                Originally posted by TWH Girl View Post
                Interesting experiences. The stiffness is my guys main issue...Dinky-
                ​​specifIcally glucosamine sulfate vs hcl?

                I guess the only way to know is to try it and see. I'm doing pentosan this fall too. I'm trying to evaluate his supplements/meds and keep what works but it's hard to know sometimes.
                As I understand it, in glucosamine sulfate, the glucosamine is bound to a sulfur molecule making it more absorbable than glucosamine hcl which is usually sold mixed with chondroitin sulfate to supply the sulfur, but the chondroitin sulfate is too large of a molecule to be easily absorbed...so ends up in the manure. All I know is none of the glucosamine hcl's I tried did squat for my gelding, and the glucosamine sulfate does.

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