What is Surpass?
Surpass (Diclofenac) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used topically (on the skin) for the control of joint pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
Who is it for?
For horses. The safety of Surpass in breeding, pregnant or lactating horses and foals under one year of age has not been evaluated.
What are the benefits?
||Easy to apply cream soothes sore horse joints
||Topical ointment lets you target specific areas of pain
||Local application reduces toxicity risk associated with systemic NSAIDs
How does Surpass work?
Surpass is a topical anti-inflammatory cream featuring a unique liposomal formulation to soothe pain on contact.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
No generic products are available.
How is it given?
Surpass is applied to the affected joint according to your veterinarian's instructions. Wear gloves when applying diclofenac. Direct contact with your skin should be avoided. If contact occurs, wash the skin immediately with soap and water.
Do not increase the dose, the size of the area to which it is applied, or treat for longer than 10 days unless directed by your veterinarian. Doing so may increase the risk of side effects.
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
What results can I expect?
Response to this medication may vary; maximum results are generally seen in less than one week.
What form(s) does it come in?
Common Drug Name
What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Surpass for my horse?
Talk to your veterinarian about what type of outcome is expected. Have your veterinarian explain the other treatment options that may be available to treat your horse's condition.
Tell your veterinarian if your horse has kidney, heart or liver disease, or could be pregnant.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your horse is taking. 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?
Do not use Surpass with corticosteroids or any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your horse shows any signs of intolerance to Surpass including colic, weight loss, diarrhea, or jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes or the gums).
Who should not take it?
Not for use in horses hypersensitive (allergic) to diclofenac or any of the components of the cream.
The safety of diclofenac in breeding, pregnant or lactating horses, and foals less than one year of age has not been determined.
Use with caution in horses with dehydration, on diuretics (e.g., furosemide - Salix), or those with kidney, heart, or liver disease.
Consult with your veterinarian regarding the physical examinations and laboratory testing necessary prior to and during treatment with diclofenac.
Diclofenac is a classified drug. Consult your veterinarian and event officials before using diclofenac or any other medication in a performance horse. Not for use in horses intended for food.
This medication should only be given to the horse for whom it was prescribed.
What side effects may be seen when taking Surpass?
May see loss of appetite, pale gums, depression, weight loss, gastric ulcers, colic, diarrhea, jaundice (yellowing of the gums and the whites of the eyes), or uterine discharge. Consult your veterinarian immediately if you notice any of the above side effects. To report a suspected adverse reaction call the manufacturer at 1-800- 638-2226.
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 in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container at room temperature. Keep from freezing. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
May see depression, loss of appetite, weight loss, gastric ulcers, colic, diarrhea, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes), or anemia (pale gums), or uterine discharge. If you know or suspect your horse has had on overdose, or you observe any of these signs in your horse, contact your veterinarian immediately. Overdoses can be fatal.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Surpass?
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, your horse is taking while receiving diclofenac.
Do not use with any other anti-inflammatory drugs, such as other NSAIDS (e.g., aspirin, phenylbutazone, flunixin - Banamine). Do not use with corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone, cortisone, dexamethasone).
Use with caution in horses also being treated with diuretics (e.g., furosemide - Salix).
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.