Dog Owner Information about CARPAQUIN® (carprofen) for Osteoarthritis and Post-Surgical Pain
Generic name: carprofen (”car-prô-fen”)
This summary contains important information about Carpaquin® Caplets. You should read this information before you start giving your dog Carpaquin Caplets and review it each time the prescription is refilled. This sheet is provided only as a summary and does not take the place of instructions from your veterinarian. Talk to your veterinarian if you do not understand any of this information or if you want to know more about Carpaquin Caplets.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What is Carpaquin Caplets?
- What kind of results can I expect when my dog is on Carpaquin Caplets?
- Who should not take Carpaquin Caplets?
- Carpaquin Caplets should be given to dogs only?
- How to give Carpaquin Caplets to your dog?
- What to tell/ask your veterinarian before giving Carpaquin Caplets?
- What are the possible side effects that may occur in my dog during Carpaquin Caplets therapy?
- Can Carpaquin Caplets be given with other medicines?
- What do I do in case my dog eats more than the prescribed amount of Carpaquin Caplets?
- What else should I know about Carpaquin Caplets?
Carpaquin Caplets is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to reduce pain and inflammation (soreness) due to osteoarthritis and pain following surgery in dogs. Carpaquin Caplets is a prescription drug for dogs. It is available as a caplet and is given to dogs by mouth.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful condition caused by "wear and tear" of cartilage and other parts of the joints that may result in the following changes or signs in your dog:
- Limping or lameness
- Decreased activity or exercise (reluctance to stand, climb stairs, jump or run, or difficulty in performing these activities)
- Stiffness or decreased movement of joints
To control surgical pain (e.g. for surgeries such as spays, ear procedures or orthopedic repairs) your veterinarian may administer Carpaquin Caplets before the procedure and recommend that your dog be treated for several days after going home.
While Carpaquin Caplets is not a cure for osteoarthritis, it can relieve the pain and inflammation of OA and improve your dog"s mobility.
- Response varies from dog to dog but can be quite dramatic.
- In most dogs, improvement can be seen in a matter of days.
- If Carpaquin Caplets is discontinued or not given as directed, your dog"s pain and inflammation may come back.
Your dog should not be given Carpaquin Caplets if he/she:
- Has had an allergic reaction to carprofen, the active ingredient of Carpaquin Caplets.
- Has had an allergic reaction to aspirin or other NSAIDs (for example deracoxib, etodalac, firocoxib, meloxicam, phenylbutazone or tepoxalin) such as hives, facial swelling, or red or itchy skin.
Cats should not be given Carpaquin Caplets. Call your veterinarian immediately if your cat receives Carpaquin Caplets. People should not take Carpaquin Caplets. Keep Carpaquin Caplets and all medicines out of reach of children. Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take Carpaquin Caplets.
Carpaquin Caplets should be given according to your veterinarian's instructions. Your veterinarian will tell you what amount of Carpaquin Caplets is right for your dog and for how long it should be given. Carpaquin Caplets should be given by mouth and may be given with or without food.
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- The signs of OA you have observed (for example limping, stiffness).
- The importance of weight control and exercise in the management of OA.
- What tests might be done before Carpaquin Caplets is prescribed.
- How often your dog may need to be examined by your veterinarian.
- The risks and benefits of using Carpaquin Caplets.
Tell your veterinarian if your dog has ever had the following medical problems:
- Experienced side effects from Carpaquin Caplets or other NSAIDs, such as aspirin
- Digestive upset (vomiting and/or diarrhea)
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- A bleeding disorder (for example, Von Willebrand's disease)
Tell your veterinarian about:
- Any other medical problems or allergies that your dog has now or has had.
- All medicines that you are giving your dog or plan to give your dog, including those you can get without a prescription.
Tell your veterinarian if your dog is:
- Pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your dog.
Carpaquin Caplets, like other drugs, may cause some side effects. Serious but rare side effects have been reported in dogs taking NSAIDs, including Carpaquin Caplets. Serious side effects can occur with or without warning and in rare situations result in death.
The most common NSAID-related side effects generally involve the stomach (such as bleeding ulcers), and liver or kidney problems. Look for the following side effects that can indicate your dog may be having a problem with Carpaquin Caplets or may have another medical problem:
- Decrease or increase in appetite
- Change in bowel movements (such as diarrhea, or black, tarry or bloody stools)
- Change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, incoordination, seizure or aggression)
- Yellowing of gums, skin, or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
- Change in drinking habits (frequency, amount consumed)
- Change in urination habits (frequency, color, or smell)
- Change in skin (redness, scabs, or scratching)
It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from Carpaquin Caplets therapy. If you have additional questions about possible side effects, talk to your veterinarian.
Carpaquin Caplets should not be given with other NSAIDs (for example aspirin, deracoxib, etodalac, firocoxib, meloxicam, tepoxalin) or steroids (for example cortisone, dexamethasone, prednisone, triamcinolone).
Tell your veterinarian about all medicines you have given your dog in the past, and any medicines that you are planning to give with Carpaquin Caplets. This should include other medicines that you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your dog's medicines can be given together.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your dog eats more than the prescribed amount of Carpaquin Caplets.
This sheet provides a summary of information about Carpaquin Caplets. If you have any questions or concerns about Carpaquin Caplets, or osteoarthritis, or postoperative pain, talk to your veterinarian.
As with all prescribed medicines, Carpaquin Caplets should only be given to the dog for which it was prescribed. It should be given to your dog only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
It is important to periodically discuss your dog's response to Carpaquin Caplets at regular check ups. Your veterinarian will best determine if your dog is responding as expected and if your dog should continue receiving Carpaquin Caplets.
To report a suspected adverse reaction call Nutramax Pharmaceuticals at 1-877-424-6580.
Made in the UK. Manufactured for: Nutramax Pharmaceuticals, a division of Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. Lancaster, SC 29720
Carpaquin is only sold through licensed practicing veterinarians
For more information, call 1-877-424-6580.