Keep your pet comfortable during and after surgery or when he/she is suffering from orthopedic pain with Onsior. Onsior is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication(NSAID) that is effective and gentle enough to administer to cats. This medication is the only NSAID that is labeled for cats. It works by staying at the site of inflammation longer than it stays in the bloodstream which makes Onsior a safe and effective option for managing your pet’s pain and inflammation.
What is Onsior? This is an oral medication (given by mouth). Onsior also comes in an injectable form that can be administered by your veterinarian as necessary.This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication(NSAID). It is used to relieve pain and inflammation associated with surgery. It is also used to treat orthopedic pain. In cats, it is labeled to be used short-term(no more than 3 days). It is a specific typed of NSAID called a COXIB. This type of medication targets the COX-2 enzyme that is specifically responsible for causing pain and inflammation. It is a safer option because it also spares the COX-1 enzyme which protects your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, kidney, and platelet functions. It is an oral medication that your veterinarian can prescribe for your pet as necessary.
Formulated for: Onsior should not be given to cats weighing less than 2.5 kg, dogs less than 3 months of age, or to cats less than 4 months of age.
How is this medication given? Follow your veterinarian’s precise instructions regarding the use of this medication. The manufacturer recommends dosing this medication at 1 mg/kg. The dose is generally calculated based on your cat’s body weight. In cats, one tablet should be given once a day at the same time every day for up to 3 days. Cats weighing between 2.5 and 6 kg should be given 1 tablet daily. Cats weighing between 6 and 12 kg need 2 tablets daily. Your veterinarian will determine that correct dose of Onsior for your cat. This medication can be given to your cat without food or with a small amount of food. Tablets should be given whole. Do not divide, break, or crush tablets.
How does this medication work? The active ingredient in Onsior is robenacoxib. This is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory(NSAID) medication that is COX-2 selective and COX-1 sparing. Onsior works by specifically targeting COX-2 enzymes in the body that are responsible for pain and inflammation. The COX-1 enzymes that are present in the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, and that are responsible for platelet function are spared with this type of NSAID. This should decrease the side effects and risks associated with NSAID’s including gastrointestinal bleeding.Onsior is tissue selective so it has the ability to identify and target painful sites in the body that are inflamed. This medication moves rapidly through the bloodstream and stays longer at the points of inflammation that need relief from pain and swelling.
Precautions: Do not use in animals who have ulcers of the GI tract. Do not use Onsior in animals that are sensitive or allergic to robenacoxib. If your pet has ever had sensitivity to other NSAID’s, use this medication cautiously and weigh risks vs. benefits before using this medication on these patients.Use caution when using this medication in animals with impaired function of the heart, kidneys, or liver. If the patient is dehydrated or has low blood volume or blood pressure, this medication may also be risky. If this medication must be used in these patients, additional monitoring and fluid therapy may be necessary. The safety of this medication has not been established in pregnant or lactating dogs or cats. Safety studies have not been conducted in cats weighing less than 2.5 kg or in cats less than 4 months of age.
Storage: Tablets should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Onsior injectable should be refrigerated.
- Safe for use in cats.
- COX-2 selective so specifically targets sites of inflammation and pain.
- COX-1 sparing which minimizes possible damage to your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, and platelets.
- Easy administration- tablets for cats are small and flavored.
- Can be given as an injection by your veterinarian as necessary.
What results can I expect? Onsior should help with pain and swelling after surgery. It can also be helpful in treating orthopedic pain in cats short-term. You should notice your pet feeling more comfortable quickly. Results can vary from animal to animal.
What Form(s) does Onsior come in? This medication is given by mouth (orally) in most instances. Tablets are available for cats in 6 mg strength with flavoring.
Generic Name: Robenacoxib(Common Drug Name)
Common Brand Name: Onsior(Novartis)
Uses: This is an non-steroidal anti-inflammatory(NSAID) medication that is available to relieve acute pain and inflammation due to surgery or musculoskeletal disorders in cats. It can also be used to treat chronic osteoarthritis in dogs. Injectable Onsior can be used by your veterinarian in order to treat post-surgical pain and inflammation.
Possible Side Effects: Gastrointestinal side effects such as vomiting and diarrhea were reported most commonly. Gastrointestinal bleeding and decreased appetite were observed. Elevations of liver enzymes and renal(kidney) problems are possible with long term use of this medication. Careful monitoring of patients using this medication chronically is recommended. Your veterinarian will discuss the frequency of monitoring and blood work with you.
Drug and Food Interactions: This medication should not be given to your pet if he/she is taking steroids or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs).Other medications that can cause problems when given with Onsior include ACE Inhibitors (ex. enalapril, benazepril), aspirin, digoxin, fluconazole, furosemide, and aminoglcysides. If your pet is taking any of these, check with your veterinarian before using Onsior.
Each tablet contains 6 mg robenacoxib.
Tablets are round, beige to brown, non-divisible and with imprints "NA" on one side and "AK" on the other side.
Onsior tablets are easy to administer and well accepted by most cats.
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