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Caprofen is the generic alternative to Rimadyl. It helps relieve the pain and inflammation associated with joint abnormalities and arthritis in dogs. It can also be helpful in managing ... Learn More

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Caprofen is the generic alternative to Rimadyl. It helps relieve the pain and inflammation associated with joint abnormalities and arthritis in dogs. It can also be helpful in managing post-operative pain.

What is Caprofen? Caprofen is a generic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) that contains carprofen which is the active ingredient in Rimadyl. NSAIDs generally help manage the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and other joint problems.

Caprofen is formulated for: dogs over 6 weeks. The safe use of Caprofen in dogs under 6 weeks of age has not been studied. Although Caprofen is labeled for dogs only, some veterinarians may prescribe it for small animals and birds. Do not give Caprofen to cats.

What are the benefits of Caprofen? Caprofen is a branded alternative to Rimadyl. It is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication that helps to relieve pain and inflammation associated with arthritis in dogs. It can also be effective in managing other joint conditions and can be used to minimize post-operative pain. Scored tablets make it easy to dose accurately.

How does Caprofen work? Caprofen reduces chemicals in the body called prostaglandins that are responsible for inflammation and pain.

How is Caprofen administered? Caprofen is given orally (by mouth). It can be given once or twice a day but your veterinarian will provide you with precise directions. Caprofen can be given with food to reduce the chance of stomach/intestinal side effects. This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed. The goal is to use Caprofen at the lowest dose and frequency possible to provide relief.

What results can I expect? Caprofen will not cure arthritis as there is no cure for this. It will, however, help relieve the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis, other joint abnormalities, and surgery. This will help your dog to feel better. Each dog’s response is different but Caprofen should help increase your dog’s activity and quality of life. If you discontinue Caprofen, symptoms may reoccur.

What Form(s) does Caprofen come in? Caprofen is a scored tablet (caplet) that comes in 25 mg, 75 mg, and 100 mg strengths.

Common Brand Name: Rimadyl is the brand name for carprofen.

Generic Name: Caprofen (Vedco) is the branded generic of carprofen. Carprofen is the active ingredient.

Uses: Caprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication that is used to treat pain and inflammation that is caused by arthritis, surgery, and other joint abnormalities. If you think your dog has arthritis or a similar condition, ask your veterinarian if Caprofen may be able to help.

Dose and Administration: Caprofen is an oral medication that your pet takes by mouth. It can be give one to two times daily but your veterinarian will determine the dose and frequency that is ideal for your dog. Giving Caprofen with food can sometimes help to decrease gastrointestinal upset. If you miss a dose, you should give as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, just skip the dose that you missed so that you do not give two doses at once. Only give Caprofen to the dog for which your veterinarian has prescribed it for. If there are any questions or problems giving your dog this medication, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Possible Side Effects: The most commonly reported side effect is gastrointestinal upset which may result in vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite. Stomach ulcers may also develop and this can cause your dog to have bloody stools, black stools, or constipation in addition to other gastrointestinal signs. Sometimes the kidneys and liver may be affected. Symptoms of kidney problems include increased thirst, increased urination, and changes in the color and smell of your pet’s urine.

If liver problems occur, you may notice jaundice (yellowing of the gums, skin, or eyes). Pale gums, shedding, incoordination, seizures, behavioral changes, and other less common side effects are also possible. If your pet is allergic to this medication, he/she may display symptoms such as facial swelling, hives, scratching, and sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If your dog is acting abnormal in any way after starting Caprofen, contact your veterinarian immediately for further instructions.

Precautions: Do not use in cats. If your dog is hypersensitive (allergic) to carprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, he/she should not take Caprofen. The safety of Caprofen given to puppies under 6 weeks of age has not been established. If your dog is experiencing any vomiting or diarrhea, has liver or kidney disease, has a bleeding disorder, may be pregnant or is nursing, or if you intend to breed your dog, it may not be wise to use Caprofen. You should discuss this with your veterinarian. Blood tests are usually necessary to monitor the safety of Caprofen especially if it is used long-term. Check with your veterinarian to see what he/she recommends in regards to follow-up testing.

Drug and Food Interactions: Always tell your veterinarian about other medications or supplements your dog is taking before starting Caprofen since drug interactions are possible. Problems can occur if Caprofen is given with other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, carprofen (Rimadyl), etodolac (EtoGesic), deracoxib (Deramaxx), firocoxib (Previcox), tepoxalin (Zubrin), and meloxicam (Metacam). This medication can also cause problems if it is given with steroids (e.g., prednisone, dexamethasone, Medrol, triamcinolone), methotrexate, furosemide (Lasix), digoxin, phenobarbital, oral anticoagulants (heparin, warfarin), enalapril, phenylpropanolamine, sulfa drugs, and some oral antidiabetic drugs.

Storage: Caprofen is stored at room temperature. It should be kept in a tight, light resistant, childproof container and should not be exposed to high heat.

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Carprofen (Generic to Rimady-Novox-Vetprofen)
 
4.5

(based on 98 reviews)

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    (59)

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    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (73)
  • Easy to use (57)
  • No side effects (41)
  • Long-lasting (30)
  • Gentle (27)

Cons

  • Side effects (9)
  • Difficult to administer (4)

Best Uses

  • Older pets (73)
  • Daily care (54)
  • Short-term care (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Long-time pet owner (86), Budget shopper (7), Midrange shopper (3)
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    • Personal (10)

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Generic to Rimadyl

I dip the pill in a dab of sour cream to administer and then reward dog with her breakfast or dinner.

I keep her weight average for less stress on her join...Read complete review

I dip the pill in a dab of sour cream to administer and then reward dog with her breakfast or dinner.

I keep her weight average for less stress on her joints.
I wish it did not cost as much as it does as I will use the drug until the end of her days.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Avoid!

Tried "Carprofen" from PetFoodDirect when the price of generic Rimadyl from my vet increased. I "saved" $20 for 60 pills (100mg) over the vet.

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Tried "Carprofen" from PetFoodDirect when the price of generic Rimadyl from my vet increased. I "saved" $20 for 60 pills (100mg) over the vet.

HOWEVER, within 2 weeks of use, my 13 year old dog with spinal degenerative disease was having a harder time getting up. In another week, she could only walk ~20 yards without crapping out. I switched back to Novox from my vet, and in 5 days, she's back to walking 200 yards, and is getting up much more easily. I'm frankly concerned that there's less or no active ingredient in the generic pills sold by PetFoodDirect.

Bottom line? Company policy is to refuse to accept returned meds, so it looks like I'm stuck with the original bottle plus a second one (unopened). I'm going back to my vet, whose medication significantly improves my dog's quality of life. Buyer beware!

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5.0

CARPROFEN

By KATY

from SOLDOTNA, ALASKA

About Me Long-time Pet Owner

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Effective
  • Gentle
  • Long-Lasting
  • No Side Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Care

    Comments about Carprofen (Generic to Rimady-Novox-Vetprofen):

    KATY, A 6 YR OLD FEMALE DACHOUND (RESCUE DOG)

    SUFFERS FROM ARTHRITIS IN HER FRONT FEET. SINCE

    STARTING HER ON THIS MEDICATION SEVERAL MONTHS

    SHE HAS NOT COMPLAINED ONCE. SHE IS HER NORMAL

    HAPPY SELF. THANK YOU CARPROFEN

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    4.0

    Works well...

    By MJ

    from Chicago

    About Me Long-time Pet Owner

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Effective

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Older Pets

      Comments about Carprofen (Generic to Rimady-Novox-Vetprofen):

      My 12 yr old bichon was shaking and turned out to be arthritis in a hip. Have been putting off giving this to him as I am medical professional and know the long term possible side effects. I give a 5 mg or Pepcid with it and it is necessary now that he take it daily. Still, I don't like that he can't tell me if it makes his tummy hurt or that he may get side effects with daily use...nothing is perfect I guess...they do help....

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By shebario

      from las vegas,nevada

      About Me Long-time Pet Owner

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Effective
      • Gentle
      • Long-Lasting
      • No Side Effects
      • Nothing Better

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Care
        • Older Pets

        Comments about Carprofen (Generic to Rimady-Novox-Vetprofen):

        The best product i have ever used.

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        5.0

        Great Service and Fast Shipping

        By Scott

        from Carmel, IN

        About Me Long-time Pet Owner

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Effective

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Care
          • Older Pets

          Comments about Carprofen (Generic to Rimady-Novox-Vetprofen):

          They handled all communication with vet to get the prescriptions. Very happy with my first time experience and will use again.

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          5.0

          Our dog is very happy

          By Bogey

          from CA

          About Me Long-time Pet Owner

          Pros

          • Effective
          • Works Good For Our Dog

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Carprofen (Generic to Rimady-Novox-Vetprofen):

              Works good for our dog

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