What is GastroGard?
GastroGard is used to treat and prevent stomach ulcers.
Who is it for?
GastroGard is for horses 4 weeks and older.
What are the benefits?
||Treats and prevents gastric ulcers
||Proven to heal ulcers in 4 weeks - even while horse continues to train
||Contains the active ingredient omeprazole, the leading anti-ulcer medication
A high percentage of horses in performance training develop stomach ulcers. GastroGard helps treat and prevent these ulcers. It elevates stomach pH for a full 24 hours after dosing, allowing convenient once-daily dosing.
How does GastroGard work?
GastroGard decreases acid production in the stomach, which creates an environment in which ulcer healing can occur.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
How is it given?
GastroGard Paste is generally administered orally once-a-day for 4 weeks. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian and the administration directions from the manufacturer. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
This medication should only be given to the horse for whom it was prescribed.
What results can I expect?
In research studies, 99% of horses had healed ulcers after 28 days of treatment.
What form(s) does it come in?
This medication comes in an oral paste.
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What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering GastroGard?
Talk to your veterinarian about what tests and exams may be necessary while your horse is taking GastroGard. Also discuss what type of outcome is expected. Have your veterinarian explain what else can be done to help prevent or treat ulcers in your horse.
Tell your veterinarian if your horse may be pregnant or is nursing a foal, or has liver or kidney disease.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your horse is taking, and also if your horse has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
GastroGard needs to be given daily according to your veterinarian's instructions. Ulcers may recur or worsen if the medication is not given according to the treatment schedule.
Who should not take it?
Not for use in horses hypersensitive (allergic) to omeprazole or similar medications. Use with caution in horses with liver or kidney disease. The safety of omeprazole in pregnant and lactating mares has not been determined. Do not use in pregnant or lactating horses unless benefits outweigh the risks. Avoid
use in foals less than 4 weeks of age.
What side effects may be seen when taking GastroGard?
No adverse side effects have been reported by the manufacturer. Consult your veterinarian if you notice any possible side effects, or if the signs of gastric ulcers continue or worsen. In adult horses these signs may include decreased appetite, weight loss, mild colic, poor performance, depression, lying down more than normal, diarrhea, accumulation of fluid under the belly, and anemia with signs of pale gums and weakness. In foals you may also see teeth grinding, drooling, weakness, and nursing for only short periods of time.
If your horse experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
How is it stored?
Store at room temperature in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container. Do not store at temperatures higher than 86°F. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
Should overdose occur, you may see colic, diarrhea, or anemia, in which case, you may observe pale gums and weakness. If you know or suspect your horse has had an overdose, or if you observe any of these signs in your horse, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet GastroGard?
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, your horse is taking while receiving omeprazole. Consult your veterinarian before using omeprazole with diazepam, phenytoin, warfarin, ketoconazole, ampicillin, supplements containing iron salts, or any drugs that could depress the bone marrow, since interactions may occur.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the Patient Information Sheet on this medication.