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More is Not Always Better - Bute and Banamine®
Non steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) medications are useful for treating many maladies in the horse, and are a staple in many first aid kits. Phenylbutazone (Bute), flunixin meglumin (Banamine®), ketoprofen (Ketofen®), and firocoxib (Equiqioxx®) are the most commonly used NSAIDS. Many horses with acute or chronic lameness receive some type of NSAID alone or in combination, often for extended periods of time.
How do NSAIDs work and what are the risks?
How are dosages determined?
When it comes to NSAIDs, more is not better. Altering the dosage, the dosing schedule, or combining two NSAIDs can prove to be harmful. A recent study performed by Dr. Jonathan Forememan and Dr. Rebecca Ruemmler at the University of Illinois set out to determine the efficacy of phenylbutazone, flunixin meglumine, and a combination of the two on experimentally induced lameness in horses. They used eight horses in the study and over a four week period treated each with intravenous phenylbutazone, saline control, flunixin meglumine, or a combination of phenylbutazone+flunixin meglumine at label dosages one hour after inducing lameness. The horses were monitored for lameness score and heart rate for twelve hours after the lameness was produced. Blood samples for drug level were taken as well. The results of the study showed that phenylbutazone alone decreased the lameness score the fastest; that all NSAID treatments decreased heart rate up to ten hours post treatment compared to the saline placebo; and that there was no difference between the flunixin meglumine and phenyulbutazone+flunixin meglumine groups through the entire twelve hours post treatment. Another recent study showed that even just a few days of flunixin meglumine+half dose of phenylbutazone will cause gastric ulceration.
The take home message is that only one NSAID is needed to treat lameness and that combining more than one will not improve the lameness any more than either drug alone, but you do greatly increase the risk for GI or kidney damage.
What are the rules regarding NSAID use in competition?
There are certain situations where a second NSAID may be called for. For instance, a horse who receives bute prior to competing that then incurs a minor corneal ulcer, Flunixin meglumine could be administered in this case. If the horse were fit enough to show, paperwork could be filed with the show steward and the horse allowed to compete. These are very specific instances, and the welfare of the horse should be of utmost importance.
All NSAIDs are forbidden under Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) regulations.
The science is in; more is not better! If your horse requires an NSAID, please follow the dosing instructions carefully and do not combine NSAIDs. The result will not be a sounder horse, but you may end up with a horse with serious, even fatal, side effects. We all want to make our horses more comfortable, let's just not over do it.
Information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for evaluation by an equine professional. In particular, all horse owners should seek advice and treatment from a licensed veterinarian for their horses' medical care.
Please check with your show associations for any rules or regulations regarding drug usage. This article is for informational purposes only, and should not be considered an authoritative document on drug usage during competition.
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