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Our best-selling supplement, Visceral+ is a comprehensive gut formula to maintain your horse’s stomach and hindgut health. Visceral+ supports the function of the immune system, is competition safe, and is recommended by veterinarians.

Horse Supplements Canada Canadian customers, please visit Mad Barn Canada to place your order.
* Based on a 500 kg (1100 lb) horse at a feeding rate of 80 grams per day
We stand behind our products to provide the best nutrition for your horse. No fillers, just research-backed ingredients. If your horse doesn't love this product, our Customer Happiness team is here to help or give you a refund guaranteed.
Visceral+ Supports:
  • Stomach Health
  • Overall Well-Being
  • Gut Health
  • Digestive Function
  • Immune System
  • Athletic Performance
  • Energy Metabolism
  • Nutrient Absorption
  • Tissue Repair
  • Mood Balance
  • Animal Comfort

Health and wellness start in the gut. Mad Barn’s Visceral+ is our most powerful gut supplement in a convenient pelleted format that horses love.

Visceral+ is formulated with the highest quality natural ingredients including probiotics, yeast, herbs, minerals and amino acids to support your horse’s gut health and immune system.

Visceral+ was developed in conjunction with veterinarians tired of treating ulcers only to have horses relapse post-treatment. Visceral+ is clinically tested in horses to help maintain stomach and hindgut health

Give your horse the very best nutrition. Visceral+ provides nutritional support for your horse’s entire digestive tract from stomach to colon.

 

Why Use Visceral+?

The incidence of gastric ulceration has been reported to exceed 95% in performance horses, and a large proportion of pleasure horses have been found to have gastric ulcers.

Essentially any horse that undergoes stall confinement, has inconsistent access to feed, is fed grain, or is trailered is at risk of developing ulcers.

Visceral+ works in four key ways to maintain balance in the digestive system:

  • Supports Natural Healing Processes
    • A scientifically formulated combination of ingredients that works with your horse’s natural biology to maintain a healthy intestinal lining.
  • Nutritional Building Blocks
    • Visceral+ is a nutraceutical formula that contains natural ingredients that support your horse’s microbiome and stomach tissue.
  • Complete Protection
    • The stomach represents only 8% of the total digestive system. That leaves a lot of other areas for something to go wrong. Visceral+ contains ingredients that support your horse’s entire gastrointestinal tract, including the hindgut.
  • Supports the Immune System
    • Upwards of 70% of the immune system is driven by the gut and Visceral+ helps support immune function to reduce pathogen load which can contribute to ulcers.

Get Visceral+ to maintain your horse’s stomach and hindgut health!

  • Supports the function of the immune system.
  • Product is competition safe.
  • In a convenient pelleted format that horses love.

Don’t Fight Biology

Go with the natural solution that works with your horse’s biology. Visceral+ works by:

  • Supporting the natural barrier that protects stomach tissue
  • Supporting normal mucin production, which functions as a defensive layer within the gastrointestinal tract
  • Providing probiotic and prebiotic ingredients to maintain hindgut health
  • Supporting normal defences against pathogens by helping to maintain immune health

 

Visceral for Horses with Ulcers

Visceral+ is clinically tested

The clinical study for Visceral+ was carried out by Halton Equine Veterinary Services. The initial premise of the trial was to examine the effects of Visceral+ in horses with gastric ulcers.

Horses brought to the clinic to be scoped for gastric ulcers were enrolled in the study, with the owners consent, if they presented with obvious ulcers or hyperkeratosis. The horses were treated with GastroGard for 15–30 days. Visceral+ was supplemented one to two weeks prior to cessation of the GastroGard treatment and for another 30 days without GastroGard. All horses were re-scoped at the end of 60 days. All horses showed improvement to complete healing at the end of 60 days.

Visceral+ was developed as a pelleted supplement that is safe to give horses with gastric ulcers. It works with the body to naturally support stomach and hindgut health, maintaining normal immune defenses against ulcers and other forms of digestive upsets.

You should always consult a qualified nutritionist before altering your feed program. Submit your horse’s diet for analysis online and one of our equine nutritionists will be happy to provide a complementary review.

Bio-Mos™2022-11-07T11:25:43-05:00

BIO-MOS

Bio-Mos™ from Alltech™ is a proprietary ingredient made from a specific strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast.

Bio-Mos™ has been clinically studied in 734 research trials and is featured in 114 peer-reviewed publications. It has been used for over 20 years to promote gastrointestinal health and integrity in a variety of agricultural animals, including horses.

According to Alltech™, Bio-Mos™ works by supporting the digestive and immune systems.

Choline2022-11-07T11:32:44-05:00

Choline

Choline serves as a building block for cell membranes and is a precursor of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

This nutrient is closely related to B-vitamins. It is a constituent of lecithin which is a type of fatty substance known as a phospholipid.

Docosahexaenoic Acid2022-11-07T11:39:30-05:00

Docosahexaenoic Acid

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid.

DHA is an “essential fatty acid” because it is fundamental for bodily processes, yet it cannot be made in the body and has to be obtained from the diet. DHA can be synthesized from alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in plant sources. However,  this conversion is poor in all mammals.

DHA can be supplemented directly from marine sources such as fish oil and microalgae.

EMP™2022-11-07T11:50:22-05:00

EMPDietary Escape Microbial Protein (EMP™) from Alltech is a type of protein supplement that isn’t broken down in the gut by microbes.

Amino acids are the building blocks from which proteins are synthesized in the body. There are 21 standard amino acids required by all mammals to form proteins and other biomolecules.

Nine of these amino acids are essential, meaning they cannot be made by the body and must come from food or supplement sources. The nine essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.

Glutamine2022-11-07T11:53:42-05:00

L-GlutamineL-Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid that is found in the horse’s body. It plays a role in protein synthesis and cellular energy metabolism.

Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid that is required in higher amounts when the animal is experiencing periods of stress or undergoing intensive exercise. Animals can normally produce adequate amounts of this nutrient endogenously (internally), however, under certain circumstances stores of glutamine can become depleted.

Kelp Meal2022-11-07T12:03:45-05:00

Kelp Meal

Kelp meal (seaweed) is a type of brown algae that contains several minerals including magnesium, potassium, iodine, calcium and iron. It is also a source of several vitamins, micro-nutrients and 20 different amino acids.

Kelp is commonly fed as an iodine supplement to support thyroid function.

Dried seaweed meal also contains high levels of polysaccharides, which may act as prebiotics in the hindgut.

Lecithin2022-11-07T12:05:43-05:00

LecithinLecithin is a type of natural fatty substance made up of phospholipids such as phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylinositol, and phosphatidylserine. It is a source of the essential nutrient choline and has been shown to play a role in liver health, neurological health and healthy metabolism.

It is involved in building and maintaining cell membranes throughout the body, including the digestive tract.

Magnesium2022-11-07T12:14:56-05:00

Magnesium Oxide for Horses

Magnesium is a macro-mineral that plays an important role in regulating nerve impulse transmission, protein synthesis, energy metabolism and enzyme activity. It is involved in over 300 different enzyme reactions in the horse’s body.

60% of the magnesium in the body is found in the bones and 40% is found in extracellular fluids and soft tissues.

As a supplement, it is best given in the form of inorganic magnesium oxide which has an absorption rate of approximately 56%.

Marshmallow Root Extract2022-11-07T12:15:54-05:00

Marshmallow Root ExtractMarshmallow Root Extract (Althea officinalis) is a herbal supplement purported to ease inflammation. It is a good source of vitamin A, B vitamins, iodine, zinc, calcium, iron and sodium.

MB-5 Strain Probiotic2022-11-07T12:19:13-05:00

MB-5 Strain ProbioticMad Barn’s 5-strain probiotic supplement is a blend of 5 different bacterial strains. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that support fibre digestion and gut health.

Our MB-5 Strain Probiotic contains 20 billion CFU (Colony Forming Units) per gram of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum and Enterococcus faecium. Find out more about our probiotic blend here.

Meadowsweet2022-11-07T12:21:01-05:00

MeadowsweetThe flowers and leaves of the Meadowsweet herb are a natural source of salicylic acid, which is the active ingredient found in aspirin. Salicylates are mild anti-inflammatory compounds.

Methionine2022-11-07T12:26:24-05:00

MethionineDL-Methionine is an essential amino acid that acts as a building block for proteins involved in metabolism, growth, liver function and more. It cannot be synthesized internally and must be supplied by feed or supplementation. It is the second-most likely amino acid for a horse to be deficient in.

Methionine is an important component of hoof and hair tissue because it is required for keratin synthesis. It plays a role in central nervous system function and is involved in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin. It is also necessary for detoxification pathways, is required to produce creatine, and supports the integrity of joints, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues. Furthermore, methionine is a precursor for taurine, L-Carnitine and the sulfur-containing amino acid cysteine.

The NRC’s Nutrient Requirements of Horses recommends daily intake of 7,500 mg for a 500 kg / 1100 lb horse at maintenance.

Methionine2019-11-26T16:51:47-05:00

MethionineDL-Methionine is an essential amino acid that acts as a building block for proteins involved in metabolism, growth, liver function and more. Research suggests that it is the second-most likely amino acid for a horse to be deficient in, due to low natural amounts supplied by commonly fed grains. This compound cannot be synthesized internally and must be supplied by feed or supplementation.

Methionine is an important component of hoof and hair tissue because it is required for keratin synthesis. It plays a role in central nervous system function and is involved in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter serotonin. It is also necessary for detoxification pathways, is required to produce creatine, and supports the integrity of joints, ligaments, tendons and other connective tissues. Furthermore, Methionine is a precursor for Taurine, L-Carnitine and the sulfur-containing amino acid Cysteine.

Methionine is a common limiting factor in the horse’s diet. If a horse lacks adequate amounts of any amino acid from its diet, the remaining aminos cannot be fully utilized and are broken down by the body. The NRC’s Nutrient Requirements of Horses recommends daily intake of 5,000 mg. Alfalfa, flax, beet pulp and sunflower seeds are common sources of plant proteins to add to the diet.

Milk Thistle2022-11-07T12:29:09-05:00

Milk ThistleMilk thistle (Silybum marianum) is an herbal supplement commonly used to promote liver health. It contains the active compound silymarin and antioxidants.

Oat Hulls2022-11-07T12:30:55-05:00

Oat HullsOats hulls are the outer envelope of the oat grain and are a co-product of oat processing. The hulls are high in fibre and low in protein and energy. It is used as a low-NSC pelleting substrate.

Peppermint2022-11-07T12:33:33-05:00

PeppermintPeppermint contains small amounts of volatile oils like menthol which may support digestive function.

It is also a safe, natural flavour that supports the palatability of Visceral+.

Slippery Elm Bark2022-11-07T12:35:39-05:00

Slippery Elm Bark

Slippery Elm Bark is an herbal supplement made from the inner bark of the Red Elm tree.

Slippery Elm powder is a rich source of mucilage, which is a viscous or gelatinous substance that contains polysaccharides.

Yea-Sacc 1026®2022-11-07T12:43:49-05:00

Yea-Sacc1026Yea-Sacc 1026® is a yeast culture developed by Alltech that is based on Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain 1026. This strain of yeast was specifically selected for its influence on digestion in animals.

A pelleted supplement to be used for horses with gastric ulcers. To maintain stomach and hindgut health. Supports the immune system.

Directions for Use:

Feed 1 scoop per day (2.8 oz / 80 grams) per 1,100 lbs (500 kg) of body weight.

Body Weight Scoops Dose
< 200 kg 0.5 scoop 40 g
200 – 500 kg 1 scoop 80 g
> 500 kg 1.5 scoops 120 g
1 scoop = 2.8 oz = 80 grams

Caution:

Store in a cool, dry place, protected from direct sunlight. Keep tightly closed when not in use.

Shelf Life:

12 months from date of manufacture.

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada or the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
Per gram serving
Ingredients Per 80 G
Gut Health Pak
(Lecithin, Bio-Mos™, EMP™, Marshmallow Root Extract, Slippery Elm, Yea-Sacc1026™)
29,350 mg
Magnesium 5,600 mg
Glutamine 5,000 mg
Kelp 2,000 mg
Meadowsweet 3,000 mg
Milk Thistle 3,000 mg
Peppermint 1,000 mg
Methionine 2,000 mg
Choline 150 mg
Docosahexaenoic Acid 350 mg
MB-5 Strain Probiotic 20 billion CFU

REMAINING INGREDIENTS: Oat hulls, cellulose, canola oil, flavour, citric acid.

Register & manufactured by: Mad Barn Inc., Petersburg, ON, Canada.

COST COMPARISON
Quantity Days Supplied Serving Size Cost Per Day
2.5 kg
31DAYS
80GRAMS
$2.90/ DAY
5 kg
62DAYS
80GRAMS
$2.58/ DAY
20 kg
250DAYS
80GRAMS
$2.24/ DAY

* Based on a 500 kg horse

FEED RATE/COSTS
Price 2.5 kg $90.00
5 kg $160.00
20 kg $560.00
Scoop Size cc 125
Feed Per Day g / 100 kg BW 16g
g / 500 kg horse 80g
Scoops Per Day scoops / 100 kg BW 0.2 scoops
scoops / 500 kg horse 1 scoop
Cost Per Day $/100 kg of BW $0.45
$/500 kg horse $2.24
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Customer Questions About This Product

    Is Visceral safe to feed to an IR horse who has had laminitis?
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    Q Is Visceral safe to feed to an IR horse who has had laminitis?
    A Hi Lisa, yes Visceral+ is safe for a horse with IR. It does not contain any added starch or sugars.
  2. Can this be fed with Purina Outlast?
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    Q Can this be fed with Purina Outlast?
    A Hi Alyssa - Yes, Visceral+ can be fed with Purina Outlast but it may not be necessary. Unlike Outlast, Visceral+ works by creating a protective coating in the stomach and the digestive tract so that existing ulcers can heal naturally. It doesn’t buffer stomach acid like Outlast, so the digestion of nutrients is not impacted. Visceral+ also contains prebiotic and probiotic ingredients to support hindgut health, which is important because gastric ulcers don't just affect the stomach but the whole GI tract.
  4. Can I feed Visceral+ with a ration balancer? I am feeding Hygain Balance.
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    Q Can I feed Visceral+ with a ration balancer? I am feeding Hygain Balance.
    A Yes Visceral+ can be fed with a ration balancer. Visceral+ will not balance the diet on its own, and we recommend feeding it in addition to a balanced diet.
  6. I have recently put my horse on Omniety. He was just accessed by the Chiropractor who thinks he could have an ulcer. If I put him on visceral, do I take him off Omniety or feed both?
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    Q I have recently put my horse on Omniety. He was just accessed by the Chiropractor who thinks he c...... Read more
    A Omneity and Visceral can be fed together
  8. Does visceral help with leaky gut ?
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    Q Does visceral help with leaky gut ?
    A Visceral can support the health and integrity of the gastrointestinal tract so could be used to protect against leaky gut. For more information on leaky gut, you can head to our article here: https://madbarn.com/leaky-gut-in-horses/
  10. Will this help my mare who cribs? She doesn’t have ulcers but is gassy and I’m trying to prevent ulcers and colic and just maintain the cribbing
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    Q Will this help my mare who cribs? She doesn’t have ulcers but is gassy and I’m trying to prevent ...... Read more
    A It could potentially help reduce cribbing. You can read more about cribbing and other stereotypic behaviours here: Common Stereotypic Behaviours in Horses
  12. Can horses be on Visceral long-term?
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    Q Can horses be on Visceral long-term?
    A Yes, horses can be on Visceral+ long-term to support gut health. We have many customers who feed it on an on-going basis. Visceral+ is a natural supplement and contains safe ingredients.
  14. How long is the shipping. I live in Texas. My horse is currently on Gastroguard and I would like to start him on this before his prescription is done. Thank you
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    Q How long is the shipping. I live in Texas. My horse is currently on Gastroguard and I would like ...... Read more
    A

    Products ship immediately from the warehouse and it would be two to four business days transit time to Texas.

  16. I have an IR horse. What are the ESC,WSC and starch amounts/percentages of Visceral?
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    Q I have an IR horse. What are the ESC,WSC and starch amounts/percentages of Visceral?
    A

    <2% WSC, <3% Starch

  18. Can you use Visceral with Suceed ulcer treatment??
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    Q Can you use Visceral with Suceed ulcer treatment??
    A

    You could use them together, but this is not necessary.  You would just need Visceral+.

  20. Can I feed Visceral+ with Optimum Probiotics or Optimum Digestive Health?
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    Q Can I feed Visceral+ with Optimum Probiotics or Optimum Digestive Health?
    A There's no need to supplement with Optimum Probiotics or Optimum Digestive Health if you are feeding the full rate of Visceral+ as it contains probiotics and many of the ingredients in ODH. Once you are seeing improvements in your horse after 2-3 months of Visceral+, we recommend transitioning to either of these products to maintain hindgut health.
  22. Is there a loading dose followed by a maintenance dose?
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    Q Is there a loading dose followed by a maintenance dose?
    A No, you can begin with the full serving size (80 grams) on the first day. We recommend continuing at this rate for 2-3 months before reassessing and potentially lowering the serving size.
  24. If I would like to take my horse off Visceral, do I need to gradually taper off?
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    Q If I would like to take my horse off Visceral, do I need to gradually taper off?
    A No, you can just stop feeding it. There will be no negative effect.
  26. What is the difference between Visceral+ and Optimum Digestive Health?
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    Q What is the difference between Visceral+ and Optimum Digestive Health?
    A Visceral+ is a product that is targeted towards supporting gastric health, and it also contains bacterial probiotics and other prebiotic ingredients like MOS (mannan-oligosaccharides) to nourish the hindgut bacteria and restore balance to the entire digestive system. Ingredients like glutamine, magnesium, and lecithin also help to support the integrity of the intestinal lining and help the GI tract heal itself naturally. Optimum Digestive Health, or ODH, is a supplement that targets hindgut health, specifically, to enhance fibre fermentation and reduce the level of harmful bacteria that may be proliferating in the hindgut. ODH contains probiotics and prebiotics, like Visceral+, but it does not contain glutamine or lecithin.
  28. Can Visceral be split between 2 servings per day?
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    Q Can Visceral be split between 2 servings per day?
    A Yes, you can split Visceral between 2 feedings, this will not affect the efficacy of the supplement
  30. Is there anything in Visceral+ that will cause a horse to test positive in competition?
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    Q Is there anything in Visceral+ that will cause a horse to test positive in competition?
    A No, all ingredients in Visceral are safe for competition. We have thousands of competition horses on the product.
  32. Can Visceral+ be fed together with Tri-Acta H.A?
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    Q Can Visceral+ be fed together with Tri-Acta H.A?
    A Yes, these can be fed together. For individualized recommendations for your horse, you can submit your horse's diet for evaluation by one of our equine nutritionists
  34. Should I be feeding Visceral+ year-round or only until symptoms have passed?
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    Q Should I be feeding Visceral+ year-round or only until symptoms have passed?
    A For horses with gastric upset, we recommend Visceral+, which can be used effectively during and following omeprazole treatment. We recommend feeding Visceral+ for a minimum of two months before re-assessing. It contains probiotics and nutrients that support tissue healing. A lower cost option for gut health maintenance would be our Optimum Digestive Health (ODH) Pellets. ODH also contains probiotics, however it lacks some of the ingredients to support horses with ulcers. It works by stabilizing the gut flora and promoting nutrient absorption, both of which help to support gut health.
  36. Can Visceral+ be used in horses that have never had ulcers?
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    Q Can Visceral+ be used in horses that have never had ulcers?
    A Yes, Visceral+ can be used even if you don't suspect ulcers as a complete GI tract supplement. It contains high levels of probiotics, medicinal herbs, prebiotic substances and toxin binders to support optimal gastric and hindgut health. When the hindgut bacteria and tissues are healthy and functioning well, then it's much easier for horses to gain weight, muscle mass and feel their best!
  38. Can Visceral+ be used in horses that have never had ulcers?
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    Q Can Visceral+ be used in horses that have never had ulcers?
    A

    Yes, Visceral+ is a comprehensive product providing total gut support, so even if they do not have gastric ulcers, Visceral+ is a highly beneficial product to use to support gut health

  40. Can Visceral help with fecal water syndrome?
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    Q Can Visceral help with fecal water syndrome?
    A Fecal water syndrome can be difficult to resolve, but we have had many customers use Visceral+ with good success. It contains bacterial probiotics and prebiotic ingredients like MOS (mannan-oligosaccharides) to nourish the hindgut bacteria and restore balance to the entire digestive system. Ingredients like glutamine, magnesium and lecithin also help to support the integrity of the intestinal lining and help the GI tract heal itself naturally. We recommend a course of 2-3 months on the full 80 gram dose, and then re-assess from there. Usually the horse can transition to Optimum Digestive Health after Visceral+ to help maintain a balanced digestive system.
  42. How is the 20 kg amount of the product packaged? Is it four of the 5 kg tubs? Thanks!
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    Q How is the 20 kg amount of the product packaged? Is it four of the 5 kg tubs? Thanks!
    A Hi Emma, The 20 KG size comes in a large feed bag.
  44. How much actual protein is in Visceral+? It isn't broken out in the analysis - I need to carefully balance the protein for my PSSM2/IR/PPID horse, so I need to know how much to cut back on added protein if I start him on this product.
  45. 0 votes
    Q How much actual protein is in Visceral+? It isn't broken out in the analysis - I need to carefull...... Read more
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    The amount of protein in Visceral+ is negligible, do not consider it in your calculations for total protein contribution in the diet.

  46. Is Visceral+ safe to give in conjunction with Sucralfate? Will it alter the pharmacokinetics of Sucralfate?
  47. 0 votes
    Q Is Visceral+ safe to give in conjunction with Sucralfate? Will it alter the pharmacokinetics of S......