Rimadyl Alternatives – NSAIDs Drugs List

Partial List of Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Looking at the list of side effects of Rimadyl for dogs, it is not surprisingly there is a keen interest in medication, in natural or chemical form, that can act as valid Rimadyl alternatives.

What are non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)?

NSAIDs are commonly prescribed to control the symptoms of arthritis, including inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. NSAIDs are designed to lower the production of prostaglandins (enzymes) involved in inflammation. Some NSAIDs, like Rimadyl, may also be prescribed to control the pain and inflammation following surgery. See What are Non Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) for a more detailed description.

Like many other drugs that are on the market, alternatives for NSAIDs come in natural and chemical form.

The most often prescribed NSAIDs are listed below, using the format: Brand name (Generic name), see What is Rimadyl for more information on Brand- and Generic names.

  • METACAM (meloxicam)
  • DERAMAXX (deracoxib)
  • PREVICOX (firocoxib)
  • NOVOCOX (carprofen)
  • VETPROFEN (carprofen)
  • CARPRIEVE (carprofen)
  • QUELLIN (carprofen)
  • OROCAM (meloxicam)
  • LOXICOM (meloxicam)
  • MELOXIDYL (meloxicam)
  • GALLIPRANT (grapiprant)


A complete list of Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs can be found on the FDA website under NSAID Labels


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