What is FluMeglumine®?
FluMeglumine is used to treat musculoskeletal problems and pain associated with colic. This prescription drug controls pain and inflammation in horses and may also be prescribed by some veterinarians for the treatment of toxic shock.
Who is it for?
FluMeglumine is for horses.
What are the benefits?
||FluMeglumine treats musculoskeletal problems and pain associated with colic
||Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) controls pain and inflammation
||Fast-acting prescription NSAID for horses
FluMeglumine is most commonly used to treat musculoskeletal problems and the pain associated with colic. It may also be used by some veterinarians for the treatment of toxic shock. The active ingredient is flunixin meglumine, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that controls pain and inflammation in horses. Please purchase needles and syringes separately. For horses.
How does FluMeglumine work?
FluMeglumine treats musculoskeletal problems and the pain associated with colic by means of its anti-inflammatory properties. FluMeglumine contains the prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flunixin meglumine that decreases pain by exerting its effect on pain centers in the brain and/or decreasing pain locally by reducing swelling and inflammation at the site of irritation.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
FluMeglumine is a branded generic.
How is it given?
FluMeglumine is given by injection. Always use a new sterile needle and syringe for each injection. When finished, place the needle and syringe in a puncture-resistant container. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. 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?
FluMeglumine does not cure a disease but can effectively reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation. The response varies from horse to horse, but can be dramatic. Pain relieving effects can generally be seen within hours of giving FluMeglumine. Improvement of inflammation can generally be seen after several days.
What form(s) does it come in?
Please purchase needles and syringes separately. For horses.
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What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering FluMeglumine?
Talk to your veterinarian about what tests and exams may be necessary while your horse is taking FluMeglumine. Also discuss how long the treatment period will be and what type of outcome is expected. You and your veterinarian should talk about any other treatment options that are recommended for your horse.
Tell your veterinarian if your horse may be pregnant, or has liver, kidney or heart disease or stomach ulcers.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your horse is taking, especially aspirin, phenylbutazone, or steroids such as predisone. Also inform your veterinarian 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?
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your horse is taking, especially aspirin, phenylbutazone, or steroids such as predisone. Watch for side effects.
Who should not take it?
Not for use in horses hypersensitive (allergic) to flunixin or similar medications. Use with caution in horses with gastrointestinal (GI) ulcers, kidney, liver, clotting disorders, or other blood diseases. Use with caution in pregnant or lactating horses, and only if the benefits outweigh the risks. Provide fresh water at all times, since lack of water could increase the risk of injury to the kidneys. When using the injectable form of flunixin, do not administer into an artery since it may cause incoordination, hysteria, or muscle weakness.
What side effects may be seen when taking FluMeglumine?
Stomach ulcers may develop, in which case you may see loss of appetite; diarrhea; dark, tarry or, bloody stools; or constipation. Side effects involving the kidney include increased thirst and urination, or changes in the urine color or smell. Other side effects may include pale gums, bruising or bleeding. When using the injectable product, pain and swelling may occur at the injection site, or the horse may experience sweating. In rare instances, infections (possibly fatal) can occur at the injection site, when given intramuscularly (IM), causing, pain, swelling, and fever.
How is it stored?
Store between 36-86°F in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container. Avoid freezing. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet FluMeglumine?
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, your horse is taking while receiving flunixin. Consult your veterinarian before using flunixin with phenytoin, valproic acid, oral anticoagulants, other NSAIDS such as aspirin or phenylbutazone, corticosteroids such as prednisone or dexamethasone, sulfa drugs, methotrexate and diuretics such as furosemide (Salix), since interactions and an increase of side effects 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.