- Firocoxib is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used for treating osteoarthritis in horses. It is available as a paste tube that is administered orally, or as a 20 mg/ml injectable. It usually requires a loading dose followed by a daily maintenance dose.
Firocoxib is a COX-2 inhibitor, being that it blocks the COX-2 enzyme, resulting in a reduction in the production of prostaglandins, substances that are involved in the inflammation process. By reducing the production of prostaglandins, firocoxib helps reduce the symptoms of inflammation, including pain.
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