Date: 2011-02-14 04:02:27 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: 7 yr Old Ferret with Insulinoma - Not eating
Prednisone is usually a pill form, and quite inexpensive as a pill, some have used pills by taking the smallest dose, splitting in 4's and popping it in. But other than that way I think it would be compounded which is costing the money. Prednisilone is the end product of prednisone once it goes through the liver and preferred in children for that reason, I think it is easier on ferrets too. So, only advantage to switching, already comes in a liquid form for children so may be able to find it generic, cheaper at human pharmacy instead of having it compounded. many places do compound it so can give a more concentrated form, costing less per mg of med per ounce.
What I preferred in mine ( just worked for me) is getting the pediatric brand pediapred and it came as 6mg/5ml and I would end up giving 1ml or more per dose but my ferret liked the taste. HAD TO BE that brand, prelone also comes in same concentration is just too bitter. getting the brand cost me more. It also comes in 15mg/5ml dose so for same dose of 1mg would only have to give 0.3ml. It tasted more bitter and was more a fight, but was cheaper in long run. I have a friend who gets a compounded 10mg/ml strength and only has to give 0.1ml to achieve that 1mg dose. Just mixes it in the syringe with feeding, or with some ferretone and the ferret seems to take it. I think vet used a local pharmacy and price was pretty cheap. well, compared to other meds, even at the more expenisve brand name I paid mybe $30 a month for the meds given 1mg dose a day.
I am wondering your doses, are you really only giving 0.4mg twice a day? That is not much medication and should be pretty cheap. Or are you giving 0.4ml of some solution of compoounded prednisone daily?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jenn" <bullitt699@...> wrote:
> My Ferret was diagnosed with Insulinoma last April, well actually he had a seizure and almost died. Prior to that I didn't have a clue. He's been on Prednisone 2x a day since. Starting at 0.3 mg and then 0.4 since November (after another set of seizures).
> I'm wondering about perhaps the benefits of carafate or maybe switching to prednisolone although I'm not sure of the benefits.
> One off question - I was under the impression that pred was very inexpensive. I pay about $27 for a bottle that lasts only 10 days with 2 0.4mg dose. So I'm looking at about $81 a month- that seems expensive. Is this too much?
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