[Skip to Navigation]
June 12, 1995

Misuse of Veterinary Phenylbutazone

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, and Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Arch Intern Med. 1995;155(11):1229-1231. doi:10.1001/archinte.1995.00430110153017

Phenylbutazone is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that was commonly prescribed for the treatment of arthritic conditions; it is no longer available for use in humans because of its numerous side effects, including aplastic anemia. We describe a horse trainer who developed gastric ulcers and renal insufficiency as a result of taking veterinary phenylbutazone. A review of the literature reveals a pattern of abuse by those who work with and around animals. When appropriate, patients who work around animals should be questioned about illicit phenylbutazone consumption.

(Arch Intern Med. 1995;155:1229-1231)

Add or change institution