Equine Ulcer Protection
Ulcergard® (omeprazole) and Gastrogard® (omeprazole) have a new look with updated dosing instructions but the same protections for horse health.
February 24, 2016
From AQHA Corporate Partner Merial
For more than 10 years, veterinarians, horse owners and trainers have trusted Ulcergard® (omeprazole) for the prevention of equine stomach ulcers1, and Gastrogard® (omeprazole) for the treatment2 of them. That’s because they are the only proven and FDA-approved products for gastric ulcers in horses3.
Now, these same reliable products can be found in updated packaging featuring easy-to-use directions and new logos.
“The new logos visually convey the brands’ credibility, which is important because there are still unapproved omeprazole-based drugs on the market that have not been tested for safety or effectiveness,” says Beckie Peskin, associate director of equine marketing for Merial. “These drugs are not only unapproved, but illegal.”
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While Ulcergard and Gastrogard will feature new logos and graphics, their effective formulation, active ingredient and dosing itself will not change. To help horse owners, vets and trainers have confidence they are giving the correct1 dose, the new Ulcergard and Gastrogard packaging has step-by-step instructions and images on locking the dosing ring in place.
Ulcergard and Gastrogard in updated packaging is being sold now.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION: Ulcergard can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined.
CAUTION: Safety of Gastrogard in pregnant or lactating mares has not been determined.
For prescribing information, click here: http://www.ulcergard.com/SitecollectionDocuments/GASTROGARD_PrescribingInfo.pdf.
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®Ulcergard and Gastrogard are registered trademarks of Merial. ©2015
Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQUIUGD1533 (09/15)
1Ulcergard product label.
2Gastrogard product label.
3U.S. Food & Drug Administration. FDA Issues Warning Letters for Unapproved
Omeprazole Drugs Marketed for Use in Horses. Available at:
Accessed September 24, 2015.