Relaquine; For situations where sedation is required to enable a procedure to be carried out easily and safely, for example interventions such as shoeing, clipping, travelling and dentistry.
Relaquine contains acepromazine (ACP) 35 mg/ml in an oral gel and has a general tranquillizing effect in horses; Oral sedative gel
Can be administered orally by placing the syringe in the animal’s mouth and expelling the required dose into the cheek pouch. Alternatively the gel may also be mixed with food.
Easy dosing mechanism; Available in a 10ml plastic multi-dose syringe with an easy ring dial dosing mechanism.
Amount(s) to be administered
Moderate sedation: 0.15 mg acepromazine per kg body weight.
Body weight (kg) 300-400 kg: 1.5 ml
Body weight (kg) 450 kg : 2.0 ml
Body weight (kg) 500 - 600 kg : 2.5 ml
The above dosage information is provided as a guideline. The dose may be varied to administer between 0.5 and 1.5 times the above recommendation depending on the level of sedation required, i.e. for mild sedation, administer half the recommended dose and for deeper sedation, administer 1.5 times the recommended dose
- Do not use in cases of post-traumatic shock or hypovolaemia.
- Do not use in animals in a state of severe emotional excitation.
- Do not use in animals with epilepsy.
- Do not use in pregnant or lactating mares.
- Do not use in animals with heart failure.
- Do not use in animals with haematological disorders/coagulopathies.
- Do not use in animals suffering from hypothermia.
- Do not use in the case of known hypersensitivity to the active substance or any of the excipients of the product.
Special warnings for each target species
Sedation lasts for approximately six hours, although the actual time and depth of sedation are very dependent on the status of the individual animal. Increasing the dosage results in prolonged action and side effects but no greater sedation. In stallions, the lowest dose range is indicated to minimise prolapse of the penis. (Penile prolapse may occur due to the relaxation of the retractor penis muscles. Retraction of the penis should be visible within two to three hours. If this does not take place, it is advised to contact a veterinary
surgeon. Lack of retraction is of particular concern in breeding stallions.)
Don`t use acepromazine in Performance horses, the sedative acepromazine, can be detected for up to 5 days after administration and is a Prohibited Substance; ( FEI Federation Equestre International)
Special precautions for use;
Special precautions for use in animals;
- In stallions, the lowest dose range is indicated to minimise prolapse of the penis.
- The product should be used with caution and with reduced dosage in the case of cardiac or hepatic disease or in debilitated, hypovolemic or anaemic animals.
- Acepromazine has negligible analgesic effects. Painful activities should be avoided when handling tranquilised animals.
- Tranquilised horses should be kept in a calm place and sensorial stimuli should be avoided as far as possible.
Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the medicinal product to animals;
- Wash hands and exposed skin thoroughly after use.
- Persons with sensitive skin or in continuous contact with the product are advised to wear impermeable gloves.
- Avoid contact with eyes. If accidental eye contact occurs, flush gently with running water for 15 minutes and seek medical advice if any irritation persists. In case ofaccidental ingestion, contact a doctor showing the package leaflet or product label to the doctor.
Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction;
Acepromazine potentiates the action of centrally depressant drugs. The simultaneous use of organic phosphate esters increases the toxicity of acepromazine. Since acepromazine decreases sympathetic nervous system tone, it should not be given at the same time as blood pressure reducing drugs.
Overdose (symptoms, emergency procedures, antidotes) (if necessary);
Overdosage results in an earlier onset of the sedative symptoms and in a prolonged effect. Toxic effects are ataxia, hypotension, hypothermia and central nervous system (extrapyramidal) effects. Noradrenaline can be used to counteract the cardiovascular effects. Methylamphetamine has been recommended for the treatment of aberrant reactions in horse
Target species; Horse
Legal category Pom V
- Not to be used in animals intended for human consumption.
- Treated horses may never be slaughtered for human consumption.
- The horse must have been declared as not intended for human consumption under national horse passport legislation.
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