Your dog's adrenal glands produce chemicals and hormones that help regulate many bodily functions such as metabolism, blood pressure and stress response. When a dog doesn't produce enough of these hormones, a sometimes-fatal disease known as Canine Addison's Disease may occur. With proper medical management, including PERCORTEN®-V (desoxycorticosterone pivalate) Injectable Suspension, a dog suffering from Canine Addison's Disease should live a normal, happy life.
How PERCORTEN-V Works
PERCORTEN-V replaces the chemicals and hormones that the adrenal glands can no longer produce in dogs suffering from Canine Addison's Disease. These chemicals and hormones help the dog's body regulate sodium and potassium levels, which are important for controlling blood pressure, heart function, and the nervous system.
Rigorous clinical testing has proven the saftey of PERCORTEN-V. In fact, it's the only treatment labeled for Canine Addison's Disease. PERCORTEN-V was administered to over 1,000 cases during clinical trials and has been used in thousands of other dogs since its approval by the FDA in 1998.
With proper medical management, including PERCORTEN-V, a dog suffering from Canine Addison's Disease can have a normal life expectancy. It has been demonstrated that PERCORTEN-V is well tolerated with a low incidence of side effects. In a small percentage of treated dogs, depression, excessive thirst and urination, digestive, skin and coat changes, weakness, and injection site reactions (pain, abscesses) may occur. Some of these effects may resolve with adjustments in dose or interval of PERCORTEN-V or concomitant glucocorticoid administration. Do not use in pregnant dogs or in dogs that are suffering from congestive heart disease, severe renal disease, or edema.
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PERCORTEN-V is very effective. In fact, one clinical study found PERCORTEN-V to be 100% effective in treating Canine Addison's Disease; whereas another clinical study found PERCORTEN-V to be 96% effective.
How To Use
Your veterinarian will administer PERCORTEN-V as an injection about every 25 days. In addition, PERCORTEN-V must be given in conjunction with oral steroid replacement therapy, under the direction of your veterinarian.
Only From Your Veterinarian
If you suspect your dog is suffering from Canine Addison's Disease, call your veterinarian today to make an appointment. Your veterinarian will be able to determine if your dog does, in fact, suffer from this disease.