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From: Steph
Date: 2001-06-17 18:47:00 UTC
Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Pediapred dosage?

This is in no way to tell you what dosing, as I know in the
end we had Woolf way above the maximum dose of prednisone (we
used the pills crushed instead), but she was put up to 2.5 mg
BID. She had both insulinoma and lymphosarcoma, so maybe the
protocol was different. She never was put on the diazoxide,
because of everything wrong with her.
While we were waiting for the diazoxide to come in for
Hemingway he was given 1.25 mg BID plus an 1/8 of a 5mg tablet
at noon. When the diazoxide was received the prednisone was
decreased. As one of my vets said we are dealing with cancer,
so it was handled differently.
I am not sure how the vets on this line would feel, but as
much as I believe in the diazoxide and would use it again if
needed it is a chemo drug, so I would use the prednisone first
and then move onto the other. At least this is how my vet
handled it and I know he did amazing with both of my ferrets.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2001 1:29 PM

First I want to say thank you to everyone who answered so
promptly to
my question on diazoxide and proglycem. I have a gut
feeling from
everything I'm reading that Stinky hasn't had a high enough
dosage of
Pediapred to really see if it will work before going on to
the other
drug. I'll give a short history:
May 11 - BG 2 ultrasound shows mass in abdomen. Put on
pediapred .25ml twice daily
May 14 - Exploratory surgery, mass removed, turns out to be
spleen tissue and biopsy on pancreas is benign. In other
nothing found.
May 15 - BD 3.8 off pediapred
May 17 - Back at vets, lethargic BG 2.2, back on same dosage
but vet
wants to wean him down to once a day.
May 30 - Insulin test and BG 2.3.
June 1 - Insulin test shows high levels and put back on
twice a day.
June 15- BG 2.6

Even with this very low reading Stinky hasn't had a seizure
at all,
he'll only eat his kibble crushed and mixed with water and
most of
the time I have to spoon feed him. He hardly drinks water
from his
bowl. He has gained weight and his coat is beautiful and he
have his playtime in the morning where he is almost like he
used to be
but that is the only time. My vet is afraid of the damage
being on
pred will do and does not want to increase the dosage. The
says 5mg/5ml and like I said he only gets .25ml twice daily.
I'm wrong but that seems low and I think he should get a
higher dose
and give it a chance. I think there are more complications
from the
diazoxide from what I've read. I've tried to tell her about
some of
the things I've read on here but she isn't very responsive
to it. I
guess I'm at the point of looking for another vet, but if
she is
right I would like to know. I have a sister and my father
dying right
now and am a little on edge to say the least so I don't want
to do
anything drastic, but I want Stinky to have every chance
Thank you for all your help. Ellen

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