Our clients regularly ask us great questions regarding their pets. This was a question Dr. Denise answered via email in August of 2011 regarding the use of a generic carprofen (Rimadyl).
Can you get me a prescription for the generic of Rimadyl? Spot currently takes Putney Carprofen Caplets, 75mg twice a day. Our current bottle has 180 caplets in it, non-chewable.
I can go on petmeds.com if you cannot order it but need the prescription from you, correct?
Yes we can certainly write you a prescription to order the Carprofen caplets. My question is, are you using the caplets because they are less expensive or because Spot would not take the chewable Rimadyl tablets?
The reason I ask is that we competitively price our Rimadyl chewables in line with the generic carprofen tablets so that our clients have the ease of giving the chewable tablets rather than trying to hide the caplet in something every day.
If Spot would eat the chewable, you could use the Rimadyl 100 mg chewables and give 1 tablet in the morning and 1/2 tablet in the evening (which is equivalent to 75mg twice daily) The Rimadyl chewable tablet is scored so it is easy to split. The Rimadyl can be given only once a day (Rimadyl was tested with once daily dosing). However with a pet the age of Spot, I usually divide the dose up to get really good 24 hour coverage. If you went to the bigger size and gave 1 1/2 tablets total for the day rather than two of the 75 mg tablets a day you would end up saving money since you would be using less tablets each day. I’ve included cost comparisons below for you to look at – our hospital versus Pet Meds.
Pet Meds Carprofen caplet 75mg #180count $178.44 ($1.00/tablet) 2 tablets a day = $2.00 a day $60/month
Pet Meds Rimadyl chewable 75mg #180count $215.19 Deerfield Rimadyl chewable 75mg #180count $194.00
Pet Meds Carprofen caplet 100mg #180count $188.94 ($1.05/tablet)
Pet Meds Rimadyl chewable 100mg #180count $236.19
Deerfield Rimadyl chewable 100mg #180count $199.99 ($1.11/tablet) 1 1/2 tablets a day = $1.67 a day $50.10/month
So you could go to the Rimadyl chewables, give 1 1/2 tablets a day and spend $10 less a month than the generics you are using twice daily. Now obviously if Spot won’t take the chewables then all bets are off and we will stick with the caplets. One last note, if we do go with the chewables be sure to keep them out of reach- some dogs have been known to “counter surf” to get to the bottle of chewables because they taste so good. Unfortunately, that becomes a medical emergency.