Flunixin

Name: Flunixin (flunixin meglumide).

Trade Name(s): Banamine.

Preparation: Flunixin is an aqueous injectable solution containing 50 mg flunixin per ml, packaged in 50 ml and 100 ml multidose bottles.

Description: Flunixin is an injectable non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) - analgesic.

Availability: Flunixin is a prescription drug.

Indications: It is useful as a medium duration analgesic and anti-inflammatory drug.  Like other NSAIDs, it also has some anti-pyretic properties.  It is used for visceral or musculoskeletal pain in horses.

Dosage: Consult your laboratory animal veterinarian.

Routes of administration: Intravenous or intramuscular.

Duration of action: Up to 12-24 hours.

Mechanism of analgesic action:

Clinical pharmacology :  Flunixin meglumine is a potent, non-narcotic, nonsteroidal, analgesic agent with anti-inflammatory activity (NSAID).  Antipyretic activity has been demonstrated in laboratory animals.

Physiological effects :

         Cardiovascular:

         Respiratory:

Drug Interactions: Drug interactions have not been studied.

Notes: Not to be used in food producing animals.

References

Compendium of Veterinary Products, 6th Ed.  1999.  Canadian Animal Health Institute.  North American Compendiums, Hensall, Ontario

Pain Management in Animals.  2000  Flecknell P and Waterman-Pearson A (eds). WB Saunders, London  184pp

Laboratory Animal Anesthesia.  1996.  Flecknell P.  Academic Press, London.  274 pp.