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If your pet has been prescribed an NSAID as an anti-inflammatory painkiller, please take the time to read the following information. If anything is unclear, or if you have any concerns then please ask a member of staff for further detail.
NSAIDs are used as a painkiller, as an anti-inflammatory, to reduce swelling and redness in inflamed areas, to reduce high temperatures and in certain cancers. They may be prescribed as a short course (eg following a surgery or injury) or for long-term use (eg for arthritis). Commonly used NSAIDs are Metacam, Previcox, Rimadyl, Onsior, Loxicom.
NSAIDS ARE A VERY EFFECTIVE GROUP OF DRUGS AND ARE WIDELY USED.
MOST PATIENTS TOLERATE NSAIDS EXTREMELY WELL.
As with all drugs, side effects can occur in any patient. The most common side effect we see with NSAIDs is mild to moderate vomiting or diarrhoea. This is usually goes away once the medication is stopped, although some cases may require additional treatment for the stomach or intestinal upset. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT ANY NSAID IS STOPPED IF YOUR PET SUFFERS FROM SICKNESS, DIARRHOEA OR ANY UNEXPECTED ILLNESS DURING TREATMENT WITH THESE MEDICATIONS. Continued use of the NSAID once sickness or diarrhoea has started can lead to a much more severe stomach or bowel condition and a very poorly pet.
Long term use of NSAIDs can sometimes cause stomach ulcers. This is treatable and reversible once recognised, and the patient may be able to continue to receive NSAIDs alongside some form of stomach protectant medication. Again, if your pet is poorly or vomiting whilst taking NSAIDs it is vital that you seek veterinary advice and STOP the NSAID until instructed otherwise.
NSAIDs should be used with caution in patients with any kidney problems, and this will be taken into consideration for your pet. NSAIDs have also been known to cause kidney problems, this can be far worse in patients which are ill and continue to receive NSAID medication, so again, it is important to stop giving NSAIDs to animals who seem unwell or ill unless specifically directed by the veterinary surgeon.
For any further information please speak to a vet or nurse at the practice.