Also Known as Deramaxx (Deracoxib)
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Deracoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) belonging to the COX-2 inhibitor class. This medication is similar to the human medication Celebrex. DERAMAXX Chewable Tablets are for the control of pain and inflammation due to osteoarthritis or following orthopedic surgery.
DERAMAXX(deracoxib) dosing for the control of pain and inflammation associated with canine osteoarthritis is 0.45-0.91 mg/lb/day (1-2 mg/kg/day) Give entire dose once daily not longer than 7 days. DERAMAXX(deracoxib) dosing for postoperative orthopedic pain is 1.4 - 1.8 mg/lb/day. (3 to 4 mg/kg/day) as a single daily dose, as needed for 7 days. Tablets are scored and dosage should be calculated in half-tablet increments. Follow your Veterinarian's instructions. Deramaxx tablets should be given by mouth and may be given with or without food.
Side effects may include: vomiting, change in bowel movements such as diarrhea or change in stool color, change in drinking or urination, decrease in appetite, change in behavior, such as depression or restlessness. These are normally mild, however, stop the medication and contact your veterinarian immediately if side effect(s) become severe. DERAMAXX should not be given with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids (for example, aspirin, carprofen, etodolac, prednisone) or if your dog has a pre-existing kidney or liver condition.