Steroids for pain in dogs

Amantadine is now being used to help control chronic pain in dogs. It is a drug normally used to treat Parkinson's disease. It works as an NMDA receptor antagonist , similar to some opioids, but is not a narcotic itself. It offers little in the way of pain control itself, but potentiates (makes the effect stronger) other drugs used for pain control, so it has to be used concurrently with other pain control drugs. It can be used concurrently with Tramadol, NSAIDs, corticosteroids, gabapentin and opioids. It is inexpensive. You will need to use the liquid version for all but large dogs. I was able to get the liquid version from Costco (it's not listed on their web site, but they were able to order it for me). See the following for more info:

I just found this site after being discharged from hospitalization for cholecystitis attack 2 days ago. I want to try the flush but I’m still tender all across the upper abdomen. Much imaging found not only gallstones, but left side kidney stones (no pain or symptoms) but 1 stone will be too large to pass should it leave the kidney. Will this flush cause kidney stones to dislodge as well as the gallstones? More info: ER ultrasound confirmed my severe URQ pain was indeed cholecystitis & I was admitted as doubled over in pain and needed IV fluids, morphine & antibiotics. The next day I felt good, no fever so they discharged me but set up additional imaging “for the future”. Reports below. I was released with script for Amox-Clav 850 2/day for 7 days which made me sick so had to stop after taking 2 due to tender gallbladder area with add’ll belly bloating & pain. Now taking Pepcid AC & barely eating & low grade fever is back. All calming slowly. Of note is that I found reports that Amox-Clav 850 can cause cholecystitis so I know why I had a set-back after being sent home! No clue why I was given something known to cause the problem I was admitted for!! The US report says “gallbladder contains multiple echogenic shadowing stones as well as surrounding mobile sludge with wall thickening up to 5 mm. Stones measuring in the 10-15 mm range in size”… liver is normal in size & contour….no intra or extrahepatic bilary ductal dilation. The common duct measures approx 5 mm in caliber. Portal venus flow is appropriately into the liver. Normal portal vein waveform.” The x-ray report says “multiple calcified gallstones”. My CT scan report says “Distended gallbladder with several calcified gallstones. Mild pericholecystic fluid & gallbladder wall thickening. There is no bilary ductal dilatation (dilation?) “Impression: Cholelithiasis with gallbladder wall thickening & pericholecystic fluid, concerning for acute cholecystitis.” Sorry to have written a book, but considering all of the above, especially the kidney stone potential issue, am I a candidate for a flush or two? Thank you!

I just lost my 8 year old chihuahua mix. He had no symptoms until a few weeks ago. We were still running tests. Blood work ok, fungal test negative, but very cloudy X-ray. Tracheal wash was inconclusive but mast cells and blood present. Ultrasound showed mass near kidney. His breathing had become a little heavier after exertion. We were scheduling for a ct and had given him a few small dose steroid shots over the past week, one every 3 days to help with appetite because he had quit eating. Two days before he died, his breathing had become a little heavier (never open mouthed though). The Dr had said even if ct confirmed cancer, he probably wouldnt be a candidate for chemo since it had probably spread to the lungs. I decided to go ahead and begin high dose steroids for cancer treatment in the hope of having some quality time with him. After 24 hrs on them, his breathing was more labored and I don’t know if it was from the illness or if the steroids could have caused it. Dr wanted to wait 24 more hrs to see if improvement so I had appt scheduled 48 hrs after starting the high dose steroids. That morning, he barked a few seconds at the door, then coughed a small drop of blood. I grabbed him to head toward the vet and within minutes he began to bleed from his nose and mouth. He died in my arms on the way. He seemed fine and 30 minutes later he was gone. I don’t know if it was his illness (cancer?) that caused this or if the steroids could have done something. I’ve heard of stomach ulcers and blood clots being side effects. Is there any way within 48 hrs of being on them, he could have that type of complication from the drugs? I am heartbroken and in shock. I had little time to process he was sick before he was gone. I am so worried my choosing to go the high steroid route may have caused his death and it was not a peaceful one so I am haunted by it.

"For years I had been a "junkie"--addicted to prescription and over the counter drugs. used oral and topical anti-inflammatory corticosteroids for 9 years to suppress my eczema/psoriasis. The steroids' side effect nearly killed me and did nothing to cure my eczema. The side effects caused me to swell-up like a balloon and triggered terrible mood swings from deep depression to nasty outburst our rages. Functioning of vital organs such as my liver, kidneys, lungs and spleen were nearly shut down and I thought I would die." Shirley

Steroids for pain in dogs

steroids for pain in dogs

"For years I had been a "junkie"--addicted to prescription and over the counter drugs. used oral and topical anti-inflammatory corticosteroids for 9 years to suppress my eczema/psoriasis. The steroids' side effect nearly killed me and did nothing to cure my eczema. The side effects caused me to swell-up like a balloon and triggered terrible mood swings from deep depression to nasty outburst our rages. Functioning of vital organs such as my liver, kidneys, lungs and spleen were nearly shut down and I thought I would die." Shirley

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