Will it work for a person since it is for veterinary use only? Is it possibly harmful?
Rimadyl will be no more effective for you than ibuprofen. As kaismama points out, veterinary drugs are not manufactured with as strict purity standards as drugs for human consumption. It is not advisable to take something like this. It will be no more effective for you than any other OTC anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen or naproxen which are easily obtained in a form for human consumption.
If you're in pain, you really need to go see the doctor. Pain is a signal that something is wrong and needs to be taken care of. Better sooner than later, after all, if pain is left untreated it has the potential to become a problem in and by itself. This is how chronic pain is thought to form in many cases.
Hope that you are feeling better soon! (oh and, yah, totally agree with all the posters above in regards to the pain pills)
I woke up today and was hurting very bad, I thought I was going to have to stay in bed on my back. But I am taking care of my mother age 85 and have to be able to be there for her. I was giving my dog rimadyl and I took one 75mg tablet. It help me so much I was able to do house work and cook two meal and just walk around without pain. It was the first day I have been pain free for years. Yes I have been to many dr. nothing they gave me help. I had a good paying job but had to quit after thirteen years I just could not take it any more. All the drs. just said if you hurt you have to quit. Now I have not worked for two years and still hurt, sometimes I can't even walk to the other side of the room or go up and down stairs. I know you will thing I am crazy but today was great for me. I also think if I was a man instead of a women may-be they would of taken me more seriously. Tomorrow is another day and I am tired of hurting I want more days like this.
Carprofen (Rimadyl) is a propionic NSAID of the same class as as ibuprofen, naproxen, and ketoprofen and is no more effective, possibly less so, than the aforementioned human medications.
It has not been tested for safety in humans and has been associated with gastrointestinal, renal, and hepative toxicity: a safe and effective human dosage has not been established. (Human and canine dosages are not equivalent and for many drugs the canine dose is higher than the safe dose for humans.)
Lastly, fillers used in the preparation of animal medications may not be approved for human consumption.
Best wishes, WildcatVet
Rimadyl is carprofen based. It was once used as a good NSAID for humans, then the company withdrew it after 10 years for purely commercial reasons. This means that a human can take it. Actually I woudn't do so because it is it not better or worse than other NSAIDs like ibuprofen or ketoprofen and the vet speciality costs much much more.
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