Effects of meloxicam and phenylbutazone on equine gastric mucosal permeability.
E D'Arcy-Moskwa, GK Noble, LA Weston, R Boston, SL Raidal
J Vet Intern Med | Published : 2012
BACKGROUND: Newer NSAIDs that more selectively target the induced isoform of the cyclooxygenase enzyme (COX2) activity might reduce adverse effects while preserving therapeutic benefits of these drugs. OBJECTIVES: To compare the effect of oral administration of multiple dose rates of meloxicam and phenylbutazone (PBZ) on gastric mucosal integrity in horses. ANIMALS: Twenty-five light breed horses. METHODS: In vivo toxicity study. Horses were randomly assigned to 5 treatment groups, receiving placebo, PBZ (4.4 mg/kg PO q12h day 1, 2.2 mg/kg PO q12h for 4 days, 2.2 mg/kg PO q24h for 9 days), or 3 dose rates of meloxicam (0.6 mg/kg q24h, 1.8 mg/kg q24h, 3.0 mg/kg q24h) for 14 days. Sucrose perm..View full abstract