SO-dee-um beye-KAR-bo-nate - Pronunciation guide
- Baking Soda
- Sodium Bicarbonate
- Sodium Bicarbonate 8.4%
Sodium bicarbonate is usually known by the household name, baking soda. This product is a base that reacts with acids in a reaction called neutralization. Neutralization with sodium bicarbonate usually produces dioxide gas. Because of the danger of administering sodium bicarbonate intravenously, the injectible form is only available with a prescription.
Sodium bicarbonate is used as an antacid, a cleanser, and to replenish electrolytes. For years, it has been common practice to administer small quantities of sodium bicarbonate or other alkalinizing agents prior to a race.
Theory suggests that a small amount of sodium bicarbonate will help the horse recover after a race by dissipating muscle lactate. It is also used to prevent "acidosis," related to high grain intake. So far, there is no scientific basis to support these supposedly beneficial effects.
Sodium bicarbonate is also used to treat metabolic acidosis associated with colic in horses.
Dosage and Administration
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|Oral||30 g||Twice daily||NA|
|Intravenous injection1||8.4 mg/lb 2||8.4 mg/ml||Treatment||NA|
In 1992, rules were introduced in horse racing codes to limit the amount of bicarbonate and related substances that can be administered to horses prior to racing. Check with the appropriate regulatory group in each case.
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Baxter Sodium Bicarbonate Injection
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