Deramaxx (deracoxib) is a COX-2 inhibitor nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which is approved for pain control in dogs.
In 1989 scientists discovered that there are two varieties of the Cox enzyme - which came to be known as COX-1 and COX-2. COX-1 is continuously secreted within the stomach and duodenum, and is important for maintaining a healthy stomach lining, normal kidney function and the clotting action of blood platelets. In contrast, the COX-2 enzyme is primarily found at sites of inflammation.
Deramaxx (deracoxib) for dogs is available in chewable tablets.