thanks for speaking up!

Carla Davis <lmdavis@...>

Thank you Paula!
Well said. I was lurking out here feeling (almost) guilty for using Cypro.
However, the results have been great for my guy as far as the symptoms go.
(My 21 yr. old will be doing his first recognized dressage competition in 3
years this coming weekend: Intermediare I). He hasn't looked this good in
3-4 years. He's even shedding---like crazy! His summer coat is coming in
very short and shiny. I had forgotten what it was like!

I'm fortunate that we seem to have caught the problems fairly early and seem
to be able to manage it. He has not had any laminitis problems (yet...knock
on wood) so I feel like I'm a little ahead of the game.

I'm currently waiting for results of a recent ACTH test. The last one done 3
months ago had not shown any improvement in the numbers even tho the horse
has clearly improved. I'm hoping for better this time. My vet (and a couple
of other vets) say to pay more attention to what the horse is showing than
what the numbers say. I like what my horse is telling me but I would feel
better if the lab. would confirm it for me!

Regarding misinformation in that earlier post:"CYPROHEPTADINE/PERIACTIN....A

Cypro is primarily used as an antihistamine (see the package insert). While
it is both a histamine and serotonin antagonist, throughout the package
insert it is referred to as an antihistamine and under the Indications
category it only lists allergic reaction types of problems. THERE IS NO

As for side effects of Cypro, the one extra benefit my horse is experiencing
is that his springtime allergies are much less severe this year (the
antihistamine effect of cypro).

Your comments on the ABC research are interesting as I have heard similar
things from some of my professionial contacts. That is why I have not looked
into it myself. My horse seems to be on a good path right now so I'm not
willing to gamble on a research project that doesn't come highly recommended
to me.

Thanks for speaking up!
Carla Davis

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Message: 1
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2000 18:52:34 EDT
From: glorye@...
Subject: Diagnosis and Treatment

Dear Sally Mason,

While your recent post was very interesting and conveyed your definite
opinions about Cushing's treatment, please realize that others among us with
Cushingoid horses have benefited by using the very same medications you
choose not to use. Indeed, I feel it was Cyproheptadine and Isoxuprine,
working in conjunction, that saved my 19-year-old Morgan gelding when he
foundered in January 1999.

I am an equine journalist with a background in the medical field and market
research. As such, I have made it a point to read as much about Cushing's as
I can lay my hands on. Yes, the disease is still difficult to diagnose.
Scientists are working on more definitive tests every day, and will
hopefully have one soon. There are many in the veterinary field who choose
to treat horses by their symptoms at this time. If the horse responds to
such treatment, I see no problem with doing that. All I know is that my
horse, on the brink of death not long ago, gallops around like a
two-year-old today and looks to have a long, happy, useful life with careful

As for the Cushing's study being conducted by ABC, I have also investigated
that and found it sorely lacking and skewed on several levels. However, if
it works for you, to each his own.

Please don't be so quick to condemn the methods of others.

Paula Brown
Poland, ME


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