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From: "hemfcf"
Date: 2011-02-13 03:26:34 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: pedipred and metacam

I would not recommend giving a steroid and an NSAID at the same time! You are right in worrying about ulcers. Either one of those drugs can potentially cause ulcers/GI issues alone and if you use them together you are asking for major trouble in my opinion. The prednisolone should help with pain associated with the leg as well as the insulinoma. You can ask your vet about adding another pain med like tramidol possibly. As far as the prostate goes, you can talk with your vet about biclutamide (Casodex), finasteride (Propecia/Proscar), anastrozole (Arimidex), or dutasteride (Avodart) to help with shrinkage. You can even contemplate a melatonin implant along with Lupron injections or a deslorin implant to help with the prostate in addition to one of the shrinking drugs mentioned above. Good luck.
Dr. Heather

--- In, "jms" <jazmufsky@...> wrote:
> I have a seven year old ferret with insulinoma. Fang has had problems with a swollen prostate both before and after his adrenal surgery a couple of years ago. It swelled a lot recently and the deslorin implant (given a couple of months ago) reduced it but did not reduce it enough to help with the pain of urination. He also had an old leg injury which caused him to favor one of his back legs over the other prior to the insulinoma diagnosis. With the hind end weakness caused by the insulinoma it is making it difficult and I suspect painful to walk normally.
> My vet and I feel some pain meds will help both issues. He is on .4 of Carafate a half hour prior to Diazoxide. I wait a bit to give the Pedipred and it is given with food.
> My vet has given me Metacam. I have read there are problems with giving Metacam and pedipred. Is it because of the possibility of an ulcer or is there an actual drug interaction with one a steroid and the other a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory? If it is an ulcer that is the cause for worry, can I give it a half hour after the carafate and then the diazoxide immediately following? Thank you.
> Trish


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