Previcox is a prescription COX-2, non-narcotic, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), for dogs suffering from arthritis, osteoarthritis, and lameness. The COX-2 inhibitory ingredient firocoxib, blocks only the COX-2 enzyme, which is responsible for pain and inflammation of the joints. While other NSAIDs may block the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes, Previcox allows the release of COX-1 enzymes to maintain support of kidney health, stomach lining and platelet production. Previcox is intended for dogs 7 weeks and older and 12.5 pounds and over.
Key Benefits of Previcox
- Significantly improves quality of life
- Decreases swelling and joint stiffness
- Fast-acting flavored tablets
Who's Previcox For?
Previcox is prescribed for dogs who suffer from joint pain and inflammation, 7 weeks and older, 12.5 pounds and heavier. Not for use on cats.
How Does Previcox Work?
Previcox blocks the COX-2 enzyme, which converts arachidonic acid to prostaglandin, causing inflammation and pain.
Side Effects and Warnings
Contact the veterinarian if the pet experiences any of the following: abdominal pain, tenderness, or discomfort, bloody, black or tarry stools or blood in vomit unexplained weight gain, water retention, fatigue or lethargy, skin rash, itching, yellowing of eyes; unusual bruising or bleeding as these symptoms could indicate serious side effects. Immediately seek emergency care if pet experiences an allergic reaction, symptoms include, difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue or face, hives.
Consult your veterinarian concerning any additional medications, including vitamins and supplements, other NSAIDs (e.g., aspirin, carprofen (Rimadyl, Novox), etodolac (EtoGesic), deracoxib (Deramaxx), tepoxalin (Zubrin), and meloxicam (Metacam); 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.
The recommended dosage of Previcox is 2.27 mg/lb (5 mg/kg) body weight once daily. The tablets are scored and dosage should be calculated in half tablet increments, with or without food.
Read the Medication Guide for Previcox (firecoxib) here.