Compounded Concerns

What are your experiences with compounded equine medications?
(Multiple selections allowed)

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

Total votes cast: 464

Comments & Write-in Answers

Availability is in question.

7/4/2011 10:16:04 PM

My compounding pharmacy serves many animal paitents.

7/4/2011 7:32:21 PM

I prefer to trust commercially-formulated medications.

7/4/2011 6:22:32 PM

Pergolide is a lifetime maintenance med for Cushing's syndrome horses

7/4/2011 3:43:16 PM

I gave my horse Compounded meds thru my vet and the treatment was very successful.

7/1/2011 12:14:51 PM

Had to for pergolide for Cushings horse. Worried til I found Coastal (WPB,FL), then no problem/s.

7/1/2011 3:12:24 AM

Very successful use of compounded meds: pergolide for one horse, cyproheptadine for another

6/30/2011 11:02:24 PM

As a PA, I have used compounded medicines on my patients with great success.

6/30/2011 4:33:27 PM

My horse recieves bute in a pepermint powder form.

6/30/2011 3:24:13 PM

The development of powdered Bute was a godsend.

6/30/2011 12:37:34 PM

Now I know more I'm not sure it was legal!

6/30/2011 8:15:38 AM

Pergolide, compounded after withdrawn from human use, saved my horse's life!

6/29/2011 4:59:29 PM

Pergolide - a life saver for Cushings horses!

6/29/2011 4:19:29 PM

A vet gave me a compounded medication once that ended up burning all the hair off = Never Again

6/29/2011 3:27:28 PM

the drug companies wont provide what we need...

6/29/2011 1:23:20 PM

Would only use it as a last resort due to lack of supervision of counpounders

6/29/2011 12:59:28 PM

I used Thriving Pet and never had a problem, they were great. I no longer have a need, sadly, but

6/29/2011 11:29:51 AM

I used compounded medication for my old gelding for EPM. Had no problems at all.

6/29/2011 9:41:04 AM

Pergolide forever...sigh...

6/29/2011 9:20:49 AM


6/29/2011 7:22:28 AM

I have used several compounds with no problems.

6/29/2011 12:53:38 AM

If it is needed will trust my vet, but not if is being passed as a cheaper "generic". Illegal!!

6/28/2011 10:14:00 PM

I have a 33-yr old QH mare on Pergolide for Cushings.. Works really well.

6/28/2011 10:00:12 PM

Compounding Pergolide made it affordable. It improved my horse's quality of life.

6/28/2011 9:53:53 PM

It is the only way to get Pergolide...

6/28/2011 9:14:06 PM

I would never give another compounded med again!

6/28/2011 8:45:21 PM

it is important where you get them from

6/28/2011 8:43:24 PM

As long as drug companies like Merial continue to be incredibly greedy, I will buy compounded drugs.

6/28/2011 8:31:01 PM

Great experience with compounded adaquan at a fraction of the cost

6/28/2011 7:11:15 PM

Would NEVER do this to a horse. Work on building the immune system is priority!

6/28/2011 7:05:32 PM


6/28/2011 6:48:25 PM

thry are easy to use and horses eat it because it tastes better

6/28/2011 6:18:18 PM

a "cocktail" mixed by my vet for a specific reason, monitored very closely, no problems

6/28/2011 6:17:44 PM

I used reserpine, an old drug, I don't recommend it.

6/28/2011 6:00:29 PM

We own 30+ horses, so compounded meds are not new to us.

6/28/2011 5:59:31 PM

EPM meds when there were no labelled products available

6/28/2011 5:52:05 PM

You can get exactly what the horse needs.

6/28/2011 5:48:05 PM

omeprazole.. excellent results and I save hundreds of dollars

6/28/2011 5:30:01 PM

Doxycycline with excellent results

6/28/2011 5:29:59 PM

Hard to administer with feed, they could make them more palatable.

6/28/2011 4:45:13 PM

Im Glucosamine injections

6/28/2011 4:32:51 PM

The pharmacy my vet recommended is excellent.

6/28/2011 4:30:29 PM

Great options for various treatment available with compounding

6/28/2011 4:19:40 PM

A generic version of Adequan

6/28/2011 3:50:55 PM

my horse was on a compounded pergolide for Cushings. never had any problems

6/28/2011 3:46:56 PM


6/28/2011 3:46:26 PM

I have found that compounded medicine for pergolide is an effective, inexpensive alternative.

6/28/2011 3:44:31 PM

As ordered by veterinarian.

6/28/2011 3:22:41 PM

Educate yourself about the med and form (liquid, powder, pill) and find a pharmacy with a good track

6/28/2011 3:10:41 PM

pergolide from pill to liquid form.

6/28/2011 2:33:26 PM

Compounded meds are an important resource for veterinarians to customize treatment per horse.

6/28/2011 2:29:39 PM

I always would discuss with vet regarding what meds my horse needs

6/28/2011 1:08:25 PM

I see no problem as long as the pharmacy is reputable

6/28/2011 11:22:18 AM

for a horse with E/PM

6/28/2011 11:14:17 AM


6/28/2011 10:18:42 AM

I understand the concept behind compounding, but have never needed to use these meds on my horse.

6/28/2011 8:18:53 AM