Epakitin Frequently Asked Questions
What is Epakitin and how does it work?
Epakitin is a nutritional supplement for dogs and cats with chitosan that may lower your pet's phosphorus levels and may slow the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
How should Epakitin be used?
The typical dose of Epakitin is 1 g/5 kg (11 lb) of body weight given twice daily (morning and evening) and mixed in with your pet's food.
What are the ingredients in Epakitin?
Epakitin's ingredients are: Lactose, Calcium carbonate, Chitosan, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein. Chitosan is a naturally occurring polysaccharide that's derived from shrimp and crab shells and acts as a phosphate binder.
Does Epakitin cause side effects?
The manufacturer has not reported any side effects associated with using Epakitin.
What if a side effect occurs with my pet?
Cease administering Epakitin and contact your veterinarian.
When should I use Epakitin?
You should use Epakitin upon the recommendation of your veterinarian to possibly slow the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease in dogs and cats. Epakitin should be administered once in the morning and once in the evening with your pet's food.
Can my pet overdose on Epakitin?
You should consult your veterinarian before beginning any supplement regimen for your pet. However, if Epakitin is used properly according to your vet's instructions and the manufacturer's guidelines, the risk of your pet overdosing should be negligible. In the event of an adverse reaction, cease administering Epakitin and contact your veterinarian.
Can I mix Epakitin with water?
Some pets, cats especially, are picky and won't eat their food mixed with Epakitin. In these rare cases, Epakitin can be mixed with water and administered via oral syringe in close association to a meal time. However, make sure it is mixed well with no powder left behind. Also make sure your pet always has access to fresh water while they are taking Epakitin.
Is there a generic alternative to Epakitin?
There is no generic version of Epakitin. Talk to your veterinarian about alternative treatments.
Does Epakitin have to be refrigerated?
Unlike Azodyl, this product does not need to be stored in a refrigerator. Simply store Epakitin in a cool dry place.
Can Epakitin be given with Azodyl?
Yes. Epakitin can be given with Azodyl to pets suffering from CKD. Both products work in different ways: Epakitin may reduce phosphorus levels, while Azodyl may help reduce azotemia. About 10-15% of patients with azotemia also have elevated serum phosphorus levels and may benefit from both Azodyl and Epakitin.
What quantities is Epakitin available in?
Epakitin powder is available in quantities of: 60 grams, 180 grams, and 300 grams.
How long will my supply of Epakitin last?
How long a bottle of Epakitin will last before running out depends on the body weight of your pet. For example, if your pet weighs 11 lbs and the proper dose is 1 gram twice a day, then a 60 gram bottle should last for 30 days.