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"Kick in time" for Ulcerguard

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  • "Kick in time" for Ulcerguard

    Anyone know the time frame from administering a dose of UG to when the horse feels the medication effects?

  • #2
    In my experience, I've seen a difference in a couple of days, and always within a week.


    • #3
      About 24 - 48 hours it shuts down the acid pumps in the stomach. Which means excess acid isn't sloshing up on the ulcers, doesn't mean they have healed but are not being as irritated by acid. A week or so and they are probably feeling much better.


      • #4
        I am interested in this too. I have been using Ulcerguard in the morning on show days to make sure my guy is not upset by stress. It seems to be working -- I go ahead and give him a full tube in the am. I would like to think that it works that day for the result I want.
        Rest in peace Claudius, we will miss you.


        • #5
          The protocol for UG when showing - typically a quarter tube day of shipping and every day there after through the entire show and ship day to go home.

          It doesn't work in 10 minutes, it takes a full 24 to 48 hrs to work because it works systemically, it has to be absorbed to work. It doesn't coat their stomach or even work directly on the stomach or ulcers at all. The glop the omeprazole beads are suspended in is to get it through the stomach intact and where it can be absorbed.


          • #6
            At a Gastroguard treatment dose, I noticed a very slight change at 2 weeks, and after the month of treatment a very significant change. Her only symptoms were being a bit lethargic and inability to put on weight.

            When I give the Ulcerguard for shows etc, I always notice a bit of a weight increase a week or so after the regimen. Doesn't claim to do more than prevent ulcers from reoccurring, but seems to on my horse. I have to give it 1-2 days before the stressful event, during and a few days after it to notice the difference.


            • #7
              I saw a huge difference in 3 or 4 days. Horse stopped being frantically nervous and was back to being his usual cheery self.


              • Original Poster

                I really appreciate the replies so far...but I should have been more specific. (Some gave the answer I was hoping for, but I was pretty vague so that was just luck!)

                If one is shipping out in the a.m., is a dose the evening before (then another dose that a.m.) the accepted protocol to ease any potential gastric distress from trailering. I suppose the answer would be yes, if it takes 24 hrs. to actually "work".

                I'm also wondering if the 1/4 tube is really enough to use as a preventative. Interested in personal results, because obviously the labelling indicates 1/4 is "enough".

                Thanks, y'all!


                • #9
                  I start dosing 2 or 3 days before shipping to a big event. For endurance rides, omeprazole is a banned substance and has a 24 hour hold. So for instance at our ride a couple weeks ago I gave her 1/4 tube doses for 3 days then stopped 24 hours before we had to leave to go to the ride. Then I gave her another dose when I came home.

                  Omeprazole takes about 24 hours to shut down the proton pumps. It does not work immediately.

                  I have acid reflux and have had an ulcer in the past, and I've been on all sorts of stuff - nexium, protonix, tagement, etc....I now just take generic omeprazole. If I have active heartburn and pain, then take an omeprazole, it takes at least 24 hours before I begin to notice any relief. I will take an omeprazole then use regular antacids to stop the pain in the interim.


                  • #10
                    Quarter tube for maintenance during stressful situations works. If you want to start 2 days ahead of shipping do that, then you know it should be working.

                    Omeprazole is the same stuff that helps with human GERD (severe heartburn!) and I know I have it, is in Prilosec. I take the pill and nothing happens, until 24 hrs or so later. If I take the pill everyday or every other day or every three days I'm still ok.

                    Remember a little alfalfa will help increase the pH of the stomach, making it more alkaline. That will give the horse some direct relief as well.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 3dazey View Post
                      Anyone know the time frame from administering a dose of UG to when the horse feels the medication effects?
                      For my horse the improvement started 12 hours after the first dose. After 24 hours he was eating heartily again.


                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks all. This is so helpful. I think what I've learned is that lead time is critical and longer than what I've been thinking.


                        • #13
                          I agree with the above poster. If I am shipping for more than three or four hours than I would start two days in advance, otherwise the night before should be more than enough time. If you have ever taken prilosec you can tell that it works very fast!


                          • #14
                            Very timely thread as I just started my horse on Gastroguard today due to her history of poor appetite and stress during transportation. First dose was given at 1 pm today. Will let you know when I start noticing a difference.


                            • #15
                              Just wanted to update you that my horse had a very noticeable change in both appetite and general attitude within 24 hours of starting Gastrogard.


                              • #16
                                My vet has us start two days in advance of shipping to a show.