Dechra Veterinary Products has launched a 5mg Prednicortone pack than can be split into increments of 1.25mg using SmartTab technology.

PrednicortoneThe ability to split Prednicortone into 1.25mg doses is particularly useful, says Dechra, when used alongside Zycortal, the only licensed treatment for canine Addison’s disease in Europe.

Useful uses

Dechra brand manager Carol Morgan said the launch of Prednicortone was a “valuable tool” in treating the condition.

She said: “Dogs with primary Addison’s disease have insufficient levels of natural mineralocorticoids, primarily aldosterone, and glucocorticoids – primarily cortisol.

“Zycortal contains desoxycorticosterone pivalate, a synthetically produced steroid hormone, which acts in a similar way to aldosterone. It causes sodium retention and potassium excretion, helping to maintain water balance. Zycortal only replaces the mineralocorticoid, however.

Balancing act

“Therefore, a daily oral glucocorticoid treatment, such as Prednicortone, is needed to address the cortisol deficiency alongside Zycortal.”

There are 250 tablets in a pack and Prednicortone offers accurate dosing using a double divisible SmartTab format and accurate dispensing via blister packs. The flavoured tablets also encourage easy oral administration.

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