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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2012-02-22 17:13:28 UTC
Subject: Re: [ferrethealth] RE: Insulinoma Question

Belvidere in NJ is also an excellent compounding pharmacy and was the first in NJ to receive the more stringent accreditation and we have found them to be good for some of the extremely rare meds though those may take a day or more for them to get and then prep. They usually one day ship to us since that is the way we usually want it sent.

Yes, diazoxide, being the generic of Proglycem, is much cheaper and we have found it as useful, BUT we have found that it is incredible for some and so-so for others. Most of ours who have had it have been helped a lot, but not all so we tend to order only a 2 week supply the first time.

We've found diazoxide especially useful in those ferrets who are not eaters of a great many small meals but are more inclined to fewer and larger meals. It tides them over better.

In our case we have liked using it with Prednisolone (not Prednisone) which is given with a meal. We've never had one on just diazoxide, and have found this expert vet post to be true in general for ferrets although not for many other species:

I don't think that we have had an insulinoma patient who needed the liquid prep of Carafate a half hour before Prednisolone (though with over 30 years with ferrets in our family we might well have) but we have had ferrets with very aggressive forms of malignancy who did (and I think that in the future we may consider instead going to injected steroids in that sort of situation when the ferret is using steroids; it's not like we have not done a range of injections with them through the 3 decades). Liquid Carafate is available at any pharmacy and some vet hospitals but DO make sure that the place shakes it very well because if it does not look almost like pea soup in opacity (light shining through it when you hold the bottle up) then the person distributing it messed up -- which we HAVE had happen to us -- and it won't work. The light should come through but there should be a LOT of particulate shaken into the liquid.

On Feb 21, 2012, at 11:44 PM, Kevin Farlee wrote:

> I also have had very good results with diazoxide. ..
> I have found a veterinary pharmacy, Diamondback Drugs

Sukie (not a vet)

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