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- What is Denamarin?
- What is S-adenosylmethionine?
- What is silybin? What is a silybin/phosphatidylcholine complex (SPC)?
- How should I administer Denamarin?
- Are there any side effects associated with the use of Denamarin?
- Are there any other medications that cannot be given alongside Denamarin?
Denamarin is a nutritional supplement that provides support to the liver. The liver may need supporting when there is disease of the liver, when administering medications that can damage the liver or in any other situation where increased pressure is placed upon the liver.
S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) is an ingredient that increases levels of the major antioxidant glutathione. Glutathione reduces the damage caused by free radicals in the liver.
Silybin is the most active flavanoid of silymarin, which is the extract from the milk thistle plant (Silybum marianum). Silymarin is normally poorly absorbed from the intestine which is why the silybin is combined with phosphatidylcholine to form the SPC complex. SPC is absorbed much better than silymarin alone. Silybin has been shown to increase glutathione levels as well as having anti-inflammatory effects.
Denamarin is available in two different forms – enteric-coated tablets and chewable tablets.
The enteric-coated tablets have a blue coating around the outside and it is important not to break this coating so tablets cannot be split or crushed. The tablets should be given whole on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after food. The reason for this is that the presence of food can reduce the absorption of SAMe.
The chewable tablets use microencapsulation technology which means that they can be split or crushed if need be. They do, however, still need to be given on an empty stomach.
Denamarin is a very safe product. There were no adverse effects noted when Denamarin was given at 80x the recommended levels. There have been a small number of reports of SAMe causing vomiting in dogs and humans.
Care should be taken when using Denamarin alongside the pain relief medication – tramadol. Please consult your veterinary surgeon before starting Denamarin alongside any medications.