Poll: Readers Have Limited Experience with Compounded Meds

More than 400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What are your experiences with compounded equine medications?"

results of poll on compounded medication

Results were as follows:

  • I have given my horse a compounded medication: 50.87%
  • I have never used a compounded medication for my horse: 36.23%
  • I have talked with my veterinarian (or vice versa) about compounded medications: 15.38%
  • I don't know what "compounded" means: 2.66%

(Multiple selections allowed)

Readers shared their thoughts on compounded medications in the comments below.

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  • Availability is in question.
  • My compounding pharmacy serves many animal paitents.
  • I prefer to trust commercially-formulated medications.
  • Pergolide is a lifetime maintenance med for Cushing's syndrome horses
  • I gave my horse Compounded meds thru my vet and the treatment was very successful.
  • Had to for pergolide for Cushings horse. Worried til I found Coastal (WPB,FL), then no problem/s.
  • Very successful use of compounded meds: pergolide for one horse, cyproheptadine for another
  • As a PA, I have used compounded medicines on my patients with great success.
  • My horse recieves bute in a pepermint powder form.
  • The development of powdered Bute was a godsend.
  • Now I know more I'm not sure it was legal!
  • Pergolide, compounded after withdrawn from human use, saved my horse's life!
  • Pergolide - a life saver for Cushings horses!
  • A vet gave me a compounded medication once that ended up burning all the hair off = Never Again
  • the drug companies wont provide what we need...
  • Would only use it as a last resort due to lack of supervision of counpounders
  • I used Thriving Pet and never had a problem, they were great. I no longer have a need, sadly, but
  • I used compounded medication for my old gelding for EPM. Had no problems at all.
  • Pergolide forever...sigh...
  • Pergolide
  • I have used several compounds with no problems.
  • If it is needed will trust my vet, but not if is being passed as a cheaper "generic". Illegal!!
  • I have a 33-yr old QH mare on Pergolide for Cushings.. Works really well.
  • Compounding Pergolide made it affordable. It improved my horse's quality of life.
  • It is the only way to get Pergolide...
  • I would never give another compounded med again!
  • it is important where you get them from
  • As long as drug companies like Merial continue to be incredibly greedy, I will buy compounded drugs.
  • Great experience with compounded adaquan at a fraction of the cost
  • Would NEVER do this to a horse. Work on building the immune system is priority!
  • Pergolide
  • thry are easy to use and horses eat it because it tastes better
  • a "cocktail" mixed by my vet for a specific reason, monitored very closely, no problems
  • I used reserpine, an old drug, I don't recommend it.
  • We own 30+ horses, so compounded meds are not new to us.
  • EPM meds when there were no labelled products available
  • You can get exactly what the horse needs.
  • omeprazole.. excellent results and I save hundreds of dollars
  • Doxycycline with excellent results
  • Hard to administer with feed, they could make them more palatable.
  • Im Glucosamine injections
  • The pharmacy my vet recommended is excellent.
  • Great options for various treatment available with compounding
  • A generic version of Adequan
  • my horse was on a compounded pergolide for Cushings. never had any problems
  • Pergolide
  • I have found that compounded medicine for pergolide is an effective, inexpensive alternative.
  • As ordered by veterinarian.
  • Educate yourself about the med and form (liquid, powder, pill) and find a pharmacy with a good track
  • pergolide from pill to liquid form.
  • Compounded meds are an important resource for veterinarians to customize treatment per horse.
  • I always would discuss with vet regarding what meds my horse needs
  • I see no problem as long as the pharmacy is reputable
  • for a horse with E/PM
  • Pergolide
  • I understand the concept behind compounding, but have never needed to use these meds on my horse.

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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