|Systematic (IUPAC) name|
|Legal status||Veterinary use only was rx only in humans (US)|
|Protein binding||High (99%)|
|Half-life||Approximately 8 h (range 4.5–9.8 h) in dogs|
|Mol. mass||273.714 g/mol|
|(what is this?)|
Carprofen (marketed as Rimadyl, Imadyl, Novox, Imafen and Rovera,) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that veterinarians prescribe as a supportive treatment for various conditions. It provides day-to-day treatment for pain and inflammation from arthritis in geriatric dogs, joint pain, osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, and other forms of joint deterioration.
It is also used to relieve short-term post-operative pain, inflammation, and swelling after spaying, neutering, and other procedures. Carprofen reduces inflammation by inhibition of COX-2 and other sources of inflammatory prostaglandins. This is targeted protection, in that it does not interfere with COX-1 activity.