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1/4 Previcox users - anyone dosing every other day? or Adequan?

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  • 1/4 Previcox users - anyone dosing every other day? or Adequan?

    My 23 yr old Connemara was just in for some hoof Xrays after abcess. He flexed pretty sound and since vet was doing lameness exam, I took him off his 1/4 Previcox a few days before the appt. - he was on Previcox for a few years from a prior lameness exam for general stiffness, suspected hock issues due to age (we did not xray) Note: pony PPE'd 100% sound and flexed sound at 18!! NO arthritis in hocks at that time - we xrayed them then at PPE due to my prior experience with bad hocks on my first horse.

    Due to breed and fact he was I.R. last summer and has mild cushings, vet felt Previcox was safer than hock injections due to laminitis risk. At this appt. abcess resolved, hooves, and up to his pasterns were 100% clean xrays - NO sign of arthritis. Not bad for 23

    He is in light "work". Trail ride once or twice a week. Lesson for my 10 yr old daughter (light, about every other week at this point). Still LOVES to pop over cross rails.

    I took him for a short hack yesterday and do notice a negative change in his fluidity and stiffness off the Previcox. He has NO history of stomach issues or ulcers. I will probably put him back on Previcox but wondering if anyone does 1/4 pill every other day vs. daily?

    I would also consider Adequan for him. Am I correct that it "goes where it's needed"? I had a horse on a VERY light dose a few years ago and he did fantastic on it but it was for BAD hock arthritis.

    Would love to hear experiences. This is a rock star, solid pony (dubbed "perfect pony") who loves to do things and want to keep him active as long as possible.

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    My guys get 1/4 tablet every day. I could see a difference in their comfort levels when I only gave the tablet every other day. These are older horses with significant arthritis.

    I also give them Adequan. Two of the horses respond well to the addition of Adequan. The other, not so much.

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    • #3
      No, Previcox is meant to be used daily. I'm not sure it would work properly if you skipped a day in between.
      Last edited by Mosey_2003; May. 19, 2016, 11:02 AM.
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      • #4
        Ummm...you need to just try and see how the horse does. For some it's enough, for others not. Mine doesn't get it every day.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by findeight View Post
          Ummm...you need to just try and see how the horse does. For some it's enough, for others not. Mine doesn't get it every day.
          ^^this...

          I have one on it daily, one EOD and one on a gram of bute daily...

          It just depends on each horse and their needs.
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          • #6
            I have a 29 yr old that has arthritis - he is getting 1/4 tab every other day. He is retired but he has been on every other day for years. Even when I was riding him.

            When you go to a show previcox is illegal so you need to take them off of it for 3 days prior so it doesn't test. According to two vets I use is stays in their system for a couple days.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Magics Mom View Post
              When you go to a show previcox is illegal so you need to take them off of it for 3 days prior so it doesn't test. According to two vets I use is stays in their system for a couple days.
              The USEF rules indicate that Previcox must only be stopped at least 12 hours ahead of competition.

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              • #8
                I've had my 22 y.o. Paint gelding on Previcox off and on for several years. I do give it to him daily (I ride 6-7 days a week), and then after a month or so back off to 4 days/week. It seems to do just fine and the vet seemed to think it was okay, also. No signs of any digestive issues.
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                • #9
                  Previcox has a 36 hour half life in horses, so the pain control doesn't start to decrease until that point.

                  Giving it every other day, or even as needed, is perfectly acceptable per every vet I've talked to about it.
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                  • #10
                    We did one for 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off, with the 57g dose pill. The effect of 2 weeks on seemed to hold well about 13 days of off the Previcox, showed stiffness on 14th day, and started again on the 15th day.

                    As suggested by others, we didn't want the good effects to stop helping with steady use, so we tried the alternating 2 weeks and were quite happy with the results. Horse showed the meds were working, even cantering during the time off.

                    It saved money, not needing so much medication as with steady daily dosage. Residual effect lasting almost the full 2 weeks after ceasing dosage, kept horse quite comfortable until we restarted previcox for the next cycle of meds.

                    If horse stays comfortable, maybe an every other day dosage would work for "that" horse situation. Interesting idea, I will keep it in mind, should we need to use Previcox in the future. Thank you Abbie for mentioning the added 12 hour of it lasting, per dose.

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                    • #11
                      I had a pony on it for hock arthritis. A daily dose kept him sound. Several times I tried decreasing it to every other day and each time, after about two weeks, he would start to get uncomfortable. He was about 29 when we started him on it and the arthritis was fairly advanced. That is just my observation. You can always try it every other day and see how your horse responds. They are all different!

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                      • #12
                        34 yo pony on 1/4 Previcox daily. Very stiff and sore without it, very comfortable and lively on it.

                        We've only taken her off it recently when she was getting other meds for another condition.
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                        • #13
                          Adequan attacks the enzymes that break down cartilage. So if you still have a good amount of cartilage, Adequan may help protect what you've got. If you have hocks fusing, like I do, Adequan may not have a noticeable effect (but I provide it anyway 2x year.)

                          I've had excellent results with Pentosan for a horse with fusing hocks and advanced arthritis in several places. He's on daily Prevacox. After the fifth week of Pentosan, I had to take him off the Prevacox for an exam and he didn't seem to miss it at all. Maybe he would have two weeks later; I put him back on it. Before the Pentosan, I was beginning to think about putting him down. He was seriously pained. Now he really acts quite normal.

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                          • #14
                            There is a fair bit of misinformation in this thread and also some good advice.

                            OP, firocoxib requires 3 days to "build up" to therapeutic levels in the blood in the average horse. I tell people that when they miss a day, they risk dropping below the therapeutic threshold. Every horse is different, so it may be worth a try.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by flyracing View Post
                              There is a fair bit of misinformation in this thread and also some good advice.

                              OP, firocoxib requires 3 days to "build up" to therapeutic levels in the blood in the average horse. I tell people that when they miss a day, they risk dropping below the therapeutic threshold. Every horse is different, so it may be worth a try.
                              Indeed. You cannot give a Previcox after a hard ride or before the farrier like you can with bute/banamine. You have to plan ahead and start at least 3 days before.

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                              • #16
                                It took me a few weeks of daily Previcox to work for my navicular horse. She's been on it for two years now and she can do the every other day dosage, but occasionally I have to dose her daily. Give it some more time. It does massively help though, mine is barefoot and galloping around like a loony toon these days, but it is different for every horse. Good luck.
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                                Chloe - My 2014 solid APHA filly. AKA Baby Dragon.

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                                • #17
                                  My 30 yo gelding, due to vet's advice, was on Previcox for about 10 days daily, then bumped back to EOD. That was two years ago and we still find benefit in the EOD method.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by 2tempe View Post
                                    The USEF rules indicate that Previcox must only be stopped at least 12 hours ahead of competition.
                                    Previcox is not legal to give per USEF - you need to switch them to Equioxx for competition purposes - the Equioxx can be given 12 hours prior to competition. You can not use previcox - it is not "legal" for horses.

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                                    • #19
                                      My 24 yo mare has ring bone and for her, only a daily dose works. If you miss a day, she is gimpy!

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                                      • #20
                                        Pub med has many articles on firocoxib and different formations in horses.


                                        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23662599

                                        https://www.usef.org/documents/drugs...Guidelines.pdf
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