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acute inflammation

initial response to injury, release of pro-inflammatory mediators, precedes immune response


pro-inflammatory mediators examples

histamine, seratonin, bradykinin, prostaglandin, leukotrienes


chronic inflammation

different mediators than acute inflammation, causes pain, destruction of tissue and disability


what do non-steroidal drugs block?

they do not allow cyclooxygenase to have effect, preventing prostaglandin formation


what to steroidal drugs inhibit?

steriods inhibit phospholipase production


Arachidonic acid

first precursor to all inflammatory mediators


COX 1 functions

present in stomach cells and aid in mucous production in the stomach. when it is inhibited, ulcers may occur


effect of eicosanoids on muscle

vascular: vasoconstriction or vasodilation, GI:contraction or colic Uterus:contraction (may cause abortion in mares) pulmonary:constriction


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) mode of action

activity of the drug is mediated by inhibition of prostaglandin, during treatment inflammation is reduced by decreasing the release of mediators from granulocytes, basophils and mast cells.


NSAID characteristics

analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and inhibit platelet aggregation (aspirin is irreversible). they are gastric irritants (cuts mucous production) and can cause kidney problems (by prolonged use or too long of a dose)



treat pain



treats fever


common NSAIDs used in horses

flunixin meglumine (banamine), phenylbutazone,ketoprofen, naproxen,firocoxib (like prevacox, used for arthritis), aspirin, dypirone


uses for NSAIDs

relieving pain, reducing fever, counteracting endotoxemia, reducing excessive blood clotting


how do NSAIDs relieve pain?

prostaglandins produce pain, by reducing prostaglandins, pain is reduced


how do NSAIDs reduce fever?

prostaglandins produced during both infection and inflammation cause fever, while high fever is a way to fight infection, high fever can denature proteins and cause irreversible brain damage


how do NSAIDs counteract endotoxemia?

endotoxemia is when bacteria toxins reach the bloodstream. these toxins can be life threatening. generally flunixin melglumine (ban amine) is the preferred NSAID for endotoxic effects


how do NSAIDs reduce excessive blood clotting?

by blocking thromboxane production, NSAIDs help maintain blood flow in situations where excessive blood clotting causes problems ex. thromboembolic colic


thromboembolic colic

clots in the blood vessels that supply GI tract can lead to necrosis of portions of the intestine



potent pain reliever, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory, commonly used for lameness, resulting from soft tissue injury, muscle soreness, bone and joint problems and laminitis, may be given IV or orally, pain relief and fever reduction usually within 1-2 hours. if a horse needs bute for more than a few days,use drugs that protect the GI tract


fluxinin Meglumine

used for pain relief in the treatment of colic, used for protection from the septic/endotoxic shock due to any gastrointestinal insult, used as an anti-inflammatory in the treatment of painful conditions of the eye (corneal ulcers, uveitis,conjunctivitis,and before/after eye surgery), may be used to reduce or control fevers due to viral or bacterial infection, may be given IV, IM or PO. can cause GI Ulcers


cortisol production

stress hormone, produced by the adrenal cortex and synthesized from cholesterol


actions of cortisol

aids in proper glucose metabolism, regulation of blood pressure, insulin release for blood sugar maintenance, immune function (decreases immune activity), inflammatory response (impedes immediate pain with huge surges)


when are there higher levels of cortisol in the body

in the morning, stressed horses have higher level of cortisol


functions of cortisol in a fight or flight situation

gives quick burst of energy for survival reasons, heightened memory functions (remember tiny details of an event), burst of increased immunity (then immunity decreases afterwards), lowers sensitivity to pain, helps maintain homeostasis in the body


effects of prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream

impaired cognitive performance, suppressed thyroid function (makes people tired), blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia, decreased bone density, higher blood pressure, lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing and other health consequences


what type of feedback does cortisol have

negative feedback, when levels of cortisol are high, cortisol is not produced, dexamethasone and prednazone cause the body to think there is increased levels of cortisol in the body so CRH and ACTH are not produced


Metabolic effects of Glucocorticoids

carbohydrate protein and fat metabolism. increase serum glucose, stimulate insulin release and lipogenesis (production of fat tissue)


catabolic effect of glucocorticoids

supra physiologic amounts o steroids lead to decreased muscle mass and weakness..catabolic effect on bones is osteoperosis


anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids

effects on concentration, distribution and function of peripheral leukocytes. reduces leukotrienes, prostaglandin etc.