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Old 03-23-2008, 04:17 PM   #1
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If this has already been posted I apologise - but for those who may experience the same problems as Talisker its useful information to have:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/n...re/7307673.stm

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That's one I wouldn't have thought of! What I want to know is how in the world did they ever get the idea to give Viagra to a dog?
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Great post. You learn something new every day. I'm with u skunkstripe, I would like to know is how in the world did they ever get the idea to give Viagra to a dog?
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bearing in mind that all drugs must be tested on animals prior to being prescribed to humans -Viagra can be titrated upward to 25 mg per dog it has been shown to improve both exercise tolerance and quality of life in humans with pulmonary hypertension. Initial clinical observations indicate it may have a positive effect in dogs with acquired pulmonary hypertension secondary to chronic valve disease, congenital heart disease, chronic pulmonary disease, and heartworm disease.

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Actually I did, thanks Carole!
I knew that there is a lot of off-label prescribing going on among veterinarians (at least in the US), specifically with them prescribing pharmaceuticals developed for humans. But that is really one that wouldn't have occurred to me!
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its actually called Sildenafil (Viagra) but there are hundreds of medications which are used for animals which we associate with human medicine. Diazepam (vallium) is an excellent muscle relaxant; SSRI's are also widely used for behavioural problems; danazol can be used in the treatment of endometriosis and breast cysts in humans but is used in animals in immune mediated conditions (i.e. immune mediated thrombocytopenia). Azathioprine

This belongs to the group of medicines known as immunosuppressants.

Azathioprine is also widely used in veterinary medicine for immune mediated disease - in human medicine it is used to prevent the rejection of new organs following a transplant operation. It is also used in some auto-immune illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, where it can reduce the damage that occurs in the joints and you must wear gloves if handing this medication.

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lol Jake2006 please don't shut up. the info was great
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amazing info..


I find things like this very interesting.. where do you find everything Jake?
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Hi Monkey

do you mean where do I find this research? Well, partly my work and partly my inquisitive nature. I do spend a lot of time in various universities and academic libraries so I've got access to all of the human/veterinary medicine publications.

There is a huge crossover in human/veterinary medicine. Pharmacology is a great interest of mine (so sad - I need to wear an anorak).

In addition I monitor very closely what research is going on - recently the government have been forced to publish exactly what animal experimentation is ongoing in the UK.

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