Oral paste for equine ulcers
Oral paste for equine ulcers
Gastrogard oral paste is a smooth homogeneous yellow to yellow-tan paste for treatment and prevention of gastric ulcers in horses.
- Gastrogard oral paste paste for horses contains 37% w/w omeprazole and is available in an adjustable-dose syringe.
- Each Gastrogard oral paste syringe contains 2.28 g of omeprazole. Each syringe contains 6.15 g of oral paste, omeprazole 2.279 g (37% w /w paste). Also contains yellow iron oxide (E172).
Indications for use
- Gastrogard oral paste for treatment and prevention of recurrence of gastric ulcers in horses and foals 4 weeks of age and older.
Administration and dosage
For treatment of gastric ulcers:
- Gastrogard oral paste should be administered orally once-a-day for 4 weeks at the recommended dosage of 1.8 mg omeprazole/lb body weight (4 mg/kg).
For the prevention of recurrence of gastric ulcers:
- Continue treatment for at least an additional 4 weeks by administering Gastrogard oral paste at the recommended daily maintenance dose of 0.9 mg/lb (2 mg/kg).
Gastrogard oral paste for horses is recommended for use in horses and foals 4 weeks of age and older. The contents of one syringe will dose a 1250 lb (568 kg) horse at the rate of 1.8 mg omeprazole/lb body weight (4 mg/kg). For treatment of gastric ulcers, each weight marking on the syringe plunger will deliver sufficient omeprazole to treat 250 lb (114 kg) body weight. For prevention of recurrence of gastric ulcers, each weight marking will deliver sufficient omeprazole to dose 500 lb (227 kg) body weight.
To deliver Gastrogard oral paste at the treatment dose rate of 1.8 mg omeprazole/lb body weight (4 mg/kg), set the syringe plunger to the appropriate weight marking according to the horse’s weight in pounds.
To deliver Gastrogard oral paste Paste at the dose rate of 0.9 mg/lb (2 mg/kg) to prevent recurrence of ulcers, set the syringe plunger to the weight marking corresponding to half of the horse’s weight in pounds.
To set the syringe plunger, unlock the knurled ring by rotating it 1/4 turn. Slide the knurled ring along the plunger shaft so that the side nearest the barrel is at the appropriate notch. Rotate the plunger ring 1/4 turn to lock it in place and ensure it is locked. Make sure the horse’s mouth contains no feed. Remove the cover from the tip of the syringe, and insert the syringe into the horse’s mouth at the interdental space. Depress the plunger until stopped by the knurled ring. The dose should be deposited on the back of the tongue or deep into the cheek pouch. Care should be taken to ensure that the horse consumes the complete dose. Treated animals should be observed briefly after administration to ensure that part of the dose is not lost or rejected. If any of the dose is lost, redosing is recommended.
If, after dosing, the syringe is not completely empty, it may be reused on following days until emptied. Replace the cap after each use.