Moe: update from vet; Cabergoline prescribed!

Discussion in 'Acromegaly / IAA / Cushings Cats' started by Erin and Moe, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. Erin and Moe

    Erin and Moe Well-Known Member

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    Just got off the phone with my vet. Moe is her first acro cat, so she’s learning along with me. There are three clinics near me that do radiation therapy. Texas A&M is not taking referrals right now due to covid-19. Waiting on a call back from a clinic in Sugarland. Gulf Coast Clinic is $6200 for three treatments plus the cost of imaging (MRI or CT), total of $7500. :( Unfortunately that is not a viable option for us.

    She asked the oncologist at Gulf Coast about cabergoline and that person said they didn’t use it because it didn’t work. I told her we had several people on the board who had good results with it and asked if she was willing to prescribe it. She said yes!!! ( I really love my vet!) She’s going to do some research over the weekend to look into dosing and prices, and will call me back Monday.

    Meanwhile, we continue with insulin and try to maintain quality of life.
     
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  2. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    Awesome to have a vet that will work with you! Most SRT costs I've seen lately are in the $8K plus range. :(
     
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  3. JeffJ

    JeffJ Well-Known Member

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    Agreed. It's good to have a vet willing to work with you. We hear about so many vets who have strict thoughts about diabetes - like "no testing at home". The cabergoline option is a good one. Fairly inexpensive and worth a try.
     
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  4. Erin and Moe

    Erin and Moe Well-Known Member

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    Just spoke to Moe’s vet again and we are getting a prescription for Cabergoline. Moe weighs a bit over 15 lbs so we are getting capsules compounded to 70 micrograms. Liquids are impossible with him. She wants to start with giving one capsule, once daily.

    He’s hard to pill... has anyone had luck opening a capsule and mixing the caber with food, or is it too bitter for that?
     
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  5. Cleocatra

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    Once Cleo chewed up a capsule and then vomited a few minutes later, so I'd say no. See if you can get his mouth open and stick the pill (very quickly) on the back of his tongue and the hold his mouth shut until he swallows. Then give him a food chaser.
     
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  6. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    I think a number of people get it compounded into a tasty liquid they put on food.
     
  7. Erin and Moe

    Erin and Moe Well-Known Member

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    Vet gave me the option of a liquid but I didn’t think about adding that to food...I just thought about trying to squirt it into his mouth (horrible memories of antibiotics administration).
     
  8. Erin and Moe

    Erin and Moe Well-Known Member

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    I’m so angry! The prescription was supposed to be here yesterday but never showed so I called the compounding pharmacy this morning and they haven’t even started processing the script. There was a “glitch in the system” (meaning someone didn’t do their job). Now they are trying to get approval from a manager to do a Saturday delivery. Grrrr.
     
  9. bambinaki

    bambinaki Well-Known Member

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    Hi Erin-

    Who are the people who had good results with cabergoline?

    Thanks!
     
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