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Difference between Prednisone pills & injection?

post #1 of 12
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Just wondering...looking like Damita will be on Pred. for awhile & she's a nightmare to pill. Twitch had a terrible reaction to the Pred. injection, but I am considering it for Damita(& my arms).

What exactly is the difference between Predisone pills & the injections, besides I have to pill daily, & the injection is every few weeks?
post #2 of 12
Concentration.... the injection is far stronger and is more immediate via being injected into the muscle
post #3 of 12
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Is either way "safer" to dose a kitty?
post #4 of 12
Prednisone, whether by mouth or injection, has a short half life, which means the body breaks it down quickly.
Oral is given every 12 hours or sometimes a larger dose can be given daily.And the injection is usually given on the same schedule.

Cortisone injections can be given less often.

My dog can't take cortisone injections. The last cost 70 bucks and wore off after 24 hours. It is marked on his file not to given them.

The injection is much more expensive than the tablets. Oral Prednisone is one of the cheapest pills you can buy.
post #5 of 12
When Eric was first diagnosed with asthma he received the injections every few weeks because I had not found a reliable way to pill him. Now that he is willing to be pilled he receives the pills daily. As Mom of 4 said prednisolone is very inexpensive.

My vet feels that the pills are safer long term because the dosage and level of the drug in the body remains level from day to day. The effect of the injection is more immediate due to the high initial dose but it wears off over time. You need to be very aware of your cat's symptoms to time the next injection correctly before problems develop.
post #6 of 12
Pills dose is far easier to adjust too... Gigi is on .3 ml per lb
post #7 of 12
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Alright. That is kind of what I wanted to know. If I should go for pills, or injections. Pills it is. You wouldn't think the blind kitty could evade pilling, would you?
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
Alright. That is kind of what I wanted to know. If I should go for pills, or injections. Pills it is. You wouldn't think the blind kitty could evade pilling, would you?
If you have a compounding pharmacy near you, they can make the pills into a liquid suspension. Then you can administer the medicine with a syringe. Just have your vet write you a prescription. The pharmacy that I went to even asked me what my cat's favorite food was and they added the chicken flavor to the medicine. Although using syringe takes some practice, it is much easier than trying to pill a smart kitty. I thought it was less stressful for both us as well.
post #9 of 12
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Pills are better than liquids. She has a real knack for brining liquids back up. I also do not have a compounding pharmacy near me.
post #10 of 12
FYI, prednisone does come in liquid form (pediatric doses). It is not pleasant tasting either.
post #11 of 12
HUMMM thinks how to pill a blind cat...lmao.. comes up with a funny pic
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
HUMMM thinks how to pill a blind cat...lmao.. comes up with a funny pic
You wouldn't think it is so hard, would you? She's kicked the behind(figuratively) when he tried to pill her, too....so I don't feel so bad!
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