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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Rimadyl (Carprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used in dogs for the treatment of pain associated with surgery and dental procedures. Carprofen is also used for the treatment of inflammation in dogs for conditions such as arthritis or hip dysplasia.
The usual dose of carprofen in dogs is 1mg/lb Twice a day given with food to reduce stomach upset. (Or 2mg/lb Once daily) The dog should be examined and blood work performed prior to the beginning of therapy. Kidney and liver function should be monitored during treatment.
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to carprofen or other NSAIDS. It should not be used in animals with bleeding problems such as stomach ulcers and Von Willebrand's disease. It should not be used in pregnant or nursing animals. It should not be used in dogs that have kidney, liver or heart disease. It should not be used in dogs that are dehydrated. It should not be used in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or those who are taking diuretics. This medication should be used with caution when given with other NSAIDs such as aspirin and etodolac, or corticosteroids such as prednisone. It should be given with food. Do not give this medication to cats. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking.