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#1 RickisSweetSmoke

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 01:55 AM

so i have heard people talking about using dexamethasone in horses and i am wondering the following things...
what is it used to treat?
why is it used (at what stage in the treatment)?
how is it administered?
is it fatal? in what dose?

i am an occupational therapist's assist. and we use it in correlation with pain and inflammation that is generally found in over use injuries like tennis or golfers elbow, etc. we administer it threw the skin using electric current. thanks for the info

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 02:06 AM

Well, as you know, it's a corticosteroid which reduces inflammation.

It's often used for allergic reactions. Heaves, acute allergic reactions to stings, bites, and vaccinations, etc.

Can also be used for inflammation in joints, injected IA.

Long term use of corticosteroids can compromise organ function. And regular bloodwork is necessary to monitor.

Corticosteroids are also thought to be linked to laminitis episodes--rebound inflammation of the smaller vessels.

Usually administered IM.

[ 12-31-2007, 01:07 AM: Message edited by: BuddyRooShmancyNShy ]

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 02:18 AM

thanks

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 09:49 PM

Azium is a weakened type of dexamethasone. My mare was getting it for allergies and we fed it to her, it's a powder. I know azium isnt as strong as dex, but when my mare was having serious reactions, we would give her up to 2 packets of azium a day, and she was getting a dex/depo shot from the vet.

I'm glad we've kicked the steroids and gotten her going on the allergy shots.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 11:50 PM

Just to allay any confusion, Azium is dexamethasone. Azium is a brand name.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:04 AM

Right, azium is dex, but its a weakened form of it. feeding azium powder is not as strong as getting a dex shot.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 12:37 PM

No, it is not a weakened form of dex. It is dexamethasone...the same as is in the shots. The difference with giving daily Azium rather than giving dex injections is that you are giving dex in smaller amounts daily and so keeping a more steady amount in the body than when you give a dex injection which is a higher dose of dex all at once --this leads to a rollercoaster effect.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 01:55 AM

so i have heard people talking about using dexamethasone in horses and i am wondering the following things...
what is it used to treat?
why is it used (at what stage in the treatment)?
how is it administered?
is it fatal? in what dose?

i am an occupational therapist's assist. and we use it in correlation with pain and inflammation that is generally found in over use injuries like tennis or golfers elbow, etc. we administer it threw the skin using electric current. thanks for the info

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 02:06 AM

Well, as you know, it's a corticosteroid which reduces inflammation.

It's often used for allergic reactions. Heaves, acute allergic reactions to stings, bites, and vaccinations, etc.

Can also be used for inflammation in joints, injected IA.

Long term use of corticosteroids can compromise organ function. And regular bloodwork is necessary to monitor.

Corticosteroids are also thought to be linked to laminitis episodes--rebound inflammation of the smaller vessels.

Usually administered IM.

[ 12-31-2007, 01:07 AM: Message edited by: BuddyRooShmancyNShy ]

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 02:18 AM

thanks

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 09:49 PM

Azium is a weakened type of dexamethasone. My mare was getting it for allergies and we fed it to her, it's a powder. I know azium isnt as strong as dex, but when my mare was having serious reactions, we would give her up to 2 packets of azium a day, and she was getting a dex/depo shot from the vet.

I'm glad we've kicked the steroids and gotten her going on the allergy shots.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 11:50 PM

Just to allay any confusion, Azium is dexamethasone. Azium is a brand name.

[ 01-01-2008, 10:52 PM: Message edited by: Ryle ]

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:04 AM

Right, azium is dex, but its a weakened form of it. feeding azium powder is not as strong as getting a dex shot.

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 12:37 PM

No, it is not a weakened form of dex. It is dexamethasone...the same as is in the shots. The difference with giving daily Azium rather than giving dex injections is that you are giving dex in smaller amounts daily and so keeping a more steady amount in the body than when you give a dex injection which is a higher dose of dex all at once --this leads to a rollercoaster effect.