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I posted earlier discussing use of metacam after depo shot. doing some research i have found that tumeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. has anyone used it, and do you know if it is safe to use with other meds such as gabapentin and tramadol. will ask my vet tomorrow, but always get such good advice here..thought I would ask!

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I just started Casper on it. Too soon to tell anything. I'm using a combo of Tumeric and Bromelain about 30 minutes before meals. It is also suppose to help with the type of cancer he has too plus anti-inflammatory for his hips and knees. He takes gabapentin and tramadol daily and metacam as needed.

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Yes, it's safe to use with those meds. If you use any natural anti-inflammatory with an NSAID, in theory you need to consider that they're enhancing the effect of each other, but I've never heard of problems (you may however be able to lower the dose of NSAID in those cases). It does take longer for herbal supplements to work so you may want to allow at least several weeks to see if it's having an effect.

 

If you go to this thread, you'll see I posted some information about absorption of turmeric/curcumin specifically and included a link to a recommended supplement that's paired with a time release binding agent that helps absorption.

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Are you using fish oil? I'd ask your vet about adding that as well--it has strong anti-inflamatory properties.

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Have you looked into Devil's Claw? It is widely prescribed and used in many European countries for arthritis and inflammation (for humans, but people also use in animals too) and is proven to be effective in many studies. I used a supplement that had both Devil's Claw, Turmeric and Bromelain, and it worked the best of any supplement I tried. I would second the fish oil too. As far as I know they are all safe to treat with vet prescribed NSAIDS.

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She has been taking fish oil..3 pumps a day. I increased it to 3 pumps twice a day last week.

when you say NSAIDS would the depo be considered in the same category? i am assuming it is.

My vet said we could go to oral steroids two weeks after the depo shot if she started struggling. so i am guessing using herbal nsaids would be included in the two week waiting period. I would prefer not to give her oral steroids.

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We use curcumin here (derivitive of tumeric) alongside gabapentin and tramadol with no ill effects. I actually started it on my boy after he had a bad reaction to oral prednisone as I had read it was a form of natural steroid/antiinflammatory. It has worked wonders to keep a mast cell tumor in check.

Beware of two things though, if you buy curcumin or tumeric at a supplements store watch out as a lot of them have additives you probably don't want. I've had the best luck with Jarrow formulas. Second of all, and maybe more important, is that curcumin/tumeric does cause loose stools.

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