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Dr. Larson, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  9 years clinical experience. Own and operate a mixed animal practice.
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With Adequan being out of stock everywhere, my Lab who responded

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With Adequan being out of stock everywhere, my Lab who responded well to his 1st injection last week and is also on Rimadyl is out of luck. Would acetyl-d-glucosamine injections work for him? The wait on Adequan will be significant. I spoke with Novartis today and they won't even be shipping until first of September. Thank you.

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Hello and welcome to Just Answer. I'm sorry to hear about your predicament. By all reports I have received from compounding pharmacy's I have spoken with, the acetyl-d-glucosamine is a suitable substitute for Adequan and it does work as well. Buster should respond well to this medication as a substitute.


Thank you! I will relay this immediately to our vet and get it ordered for him.

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I'm just following up on our conversation about Buster. How is everything going?

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

We finally got the compounded acetyl-d-glucosamine yesterday and I gave him his first injection last night. He seemed OK--he did not respond quite as well as to the Adequan but that was to be expected. Our vet said it may take 2 or 3 injections of the acetyl-d-glucosamine to do what one Adequan can accomplish. So now we wait and see. I am still hoping to go back to the Adequan once they get the FDA to approve their building/changes to manufacturing. They are ready to go but the FDA is dragging their feet, no surprise about that. I am thinking that the equine industry, i.e. race horse owners, will be sitting on the head of some congressman/senator to shove the FDA to get this done. Why on earth they totally shut down the only manufacturer of a well-accepted and needed drug is beyond me. But I have long since given up on trying to figure out the Federal Government! Thanks again for your advice. I will keep you updated--injections are once every 4 full days.

I'm glad to hear that all is going well.