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Adequan Equine I.M. 500mg/5ml 7 x 5ml Rx

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"Adequan Equine I.M. is indicated for intramuscularly treating non-infectious traumatic and/or degenerative joint dysfunction, along with associated hock joint and carpal lameness in horses. It is one brand of PSGAG (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan).

Each package comes with 7 vials."

What is Adequan Equine I.M. 500mg/5ml 7 x 5ml?

Adequan® Equine I.M. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) is the only FDA-approved treatment proven to relieve symptoms of non-infectious degenerative osteoarthritis, to stimulate cartilage repair and reverse the joint disease process.

Who is Adequan Equine I.M. 500mg/5ml 7 x 5ml for?

For use in horses.

Why use Adequan Equine I.M. 500mg/5ml 7 x 5ml?

Features of Adequan:
  • Aids in the control of non-infectious traumatic or degenerative arthritis
  • Excellent choice for treating horses after surgery
  • Injectable medication

How does Adequan Equine I.M. 500mg/5ml 7 x 5ml work?

  • Increases cartilage production
  • Aids in the production of healthy joint fluid
  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • Increases synovial fluid thickness


American Regent, Inc.

Active ingredient(s):

Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan

How is Adequan Equine I.M. 500mg/5ml 7 x 5ml sold?

500 mg/5 mL solution in 7 x 5 ml vials

What are the side effects of Adequan Equine I.M. 500mg/5ml 7 x 5ml?

While there are no known side effects for the intramuscular use of polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, there have been no studies conducted regarding safe use in breeding horses.

What special precautions are there?

  • Safety is not proven for use in breeding horses.
  • Not for use in horses intended for food use.
  • Not for human use.
  • Ensure proper administration of all seven recommended doses for optimal benefits.
  • Keep away from children.
  • Federal law requires that this product be used only on the order of or by licensed veterinarians,

What to do if overdose?

Contact your closest emergency pet hospital.

How can I store Adequan Equine I.M. 500mg/5ml 7 x 5ml?

Store at room temperature 64°-77°F(18°-25°C)

Helpful Tips:

Pharmacists are standing by to offer Pet Parent counseling regarding prescription medication purchased from Allivet before and after dispensing. Pharmacists on duty are available Monday-Friday, 9:30AM - 5:30PM EST and will be on call Saturday 12:00PM - 4:00PM EST for consultation.


The recommended dose of Adequan in horses is 500 mg every 4 days for 28 days intramuscularly. The injection site must be thoroughly cleansed prior to injection. Do not mix Adequan with other drugs or solvents.

Main Ingredients

Each 5 milliliters of Adequan contains 500 mg of Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan and Water for Injection q.s. Sodium Hydroxide and/or Hydrochloric Acid added when necessary to adjust pH. Sodium Chloride may be added to adjust tonicity.

Equine arthritis, otherwise known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common cause of lameness in horses. While older horses are often affected, arthritis can strike at an early age, too, altering a promising career path. Over time, the self-feeding cycle of inflammation results in joint surface (cartilage) deterioration, painful joint capsule thickening and the breakdown of joint fluid. The body, in an attempt to heal the damage, lays down scar tissue and bone that decrease flexibility and overall joint function. There are several areas of prevention and management that focus on stopping the inflammation and supporting the structures of the joint, including proper trimming/shoeing, exercise, good footing, balanced nutrition, injections and responsible breeding.
The tried-and-true management strategy for arthritis is joint injections. The main goal of this therapy is to reduce the inflammation within the joint and help restore it to a more healthy state, therefore reducing pain and returning the horse back to his regular exercise routine. Most joints are injected with a corticosteroid along with hyaluronic acid. Corticosteroids are very strong anti-inflammatory drugs that break the cycle of inflammation. Hyaluronic acid is also available in an intravenous preparation under the brand name Legend. When given intravenously, it migrates to the joint and stimulates the joint to produce more joint fluid and also acts as an anti-inflammatory drug. Adequan is available in an intramuscular preparation that helps strengthen the cartilage and also stimulates the joint to produce more joint fluid. Bute and Banamine, are also used to help alleviate pain and decrease inflammation within the joint.

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where exactly i should inject the medicine in the horse body? for example, muscle or vein

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