Dechra Veterinary Products is to launch a medication for treating canine hypoadrenocorticism at BSAVA Congress.

Zycortal is the only European licensed treatment for Addison’s disease.

Zycortal is the only European licensed treatment for the condition.

Hypoadrenocorticism, also known as Addison’s disease, is caused by a reduction in corticosteroid secretion from the adrenal glands.

Symptoms can include:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • lethargy
  • lack of appetite
  • tremors or shaking
  • muscle weakness
  • low body temperature
  • low heart rate
  • collapse

If left untreated, Addison’s disease can present as an acute, life-threatening emergency.

Zycortal is a prolonged release suspension used as replacement therapy for mineralocorticoid deficiency in dogs with Addison’s disease.

It has proven effective in clinical trials, with more than 80% of dogs responding positively to treatment.

The drug contains desoxycortone pivalate, which is said to control serum electrolytes more effectively than fludrocortisone, the human treatment prescribed for dogs with Addison’s disease, and is considered the preferential drug for mineralocorticoid supplementation.

BSAVA Congress delegates will be able to find out more about Zycortal at Dechra’s stand (500) and discuss the benefits of the treatment.

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Paul Gibbon
11 months 16 days ago

Do they do tablet for addison or is it only injection thanks paul gobbon

Nigel Woodbine
11 months 14 days ago

Injection only, as far as we are aware. Although we suggest you contact the manufacturer or a veterinary pharmacist for confirmation.

Paul Gibbon
11 months 10 days ago

Thanks for your comments

Paul Gibbon
9 months 22 days ago

My lad got addison and i will have to change to this new drug .she was on 8 florinef tablets a day. How much of this new drug should she have??her weight is 40kg

Vet Times
9 months 22 days ago

Hi Paul,

As a publishing company, we cannot offer any recommendations of this type. We can only suggest you contact your local veterinary practice for expert advice.


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