Praziquantel Injectable Solution for Dogs & Cats

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Description

Praziquantel Injection is a clear solution formulated for use in dogs and cats for the removal of tapeworms. Effective against Echinococcus multilocularis in dogs and safe for use in breeding and pregnant dogs and cats. Safe to use: no toxicity demonstrated in dogs or cats at 5x dosage rates and no known contraindications.

Uses

Praziquantel Injection is indicated for the removal of the following canine and/or feline cestodes: Dogs: Dipylidium caninum, Taenia pisiformis, Echinococcus granulosus and for the removal and control of Echinococcus multilocularis. Cats: Taenia taeniaeformis and Dipylidium caninum.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects may include: Brief pain responses, mild vomiting and/or drowsy staggering gait, diarrhea, weakness, vomition, salivation, sleepiness, burning on injection and/or temporary lack of appetite. Local irritation or swelling at the site of subcutaneous injections have been reported.

Drug & Food Interactions

There are no known contraindications to the use of praziquantel.

Precautions

Strict hygienic precautions should be taken when handling dogs or feces suspected of harboring E. multilocularis. Infected dogs treated for the first time with Praziquantel Injection solution and dogs treated at intervals greater than 28 days may shed eggs in the feces after treatment.

  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Item Number
    178071
  • Generic Name
    Praziquantel
  • Common Brand Name(s)
    Droncit, Droncit Plus
  • For Use With
    Dogs & Cats
  • Administration Form
    Injection
  • Product Form
    Injectable
  • Health Condition
    Tapeworms
  • Drug Type
    Parasiticide
Ingredients
Ingredients

Contains per mL: Praziquantel 56.8 mg, benzyl alcohol 75 mg, chlorobutanol hydrous 5 mg in propylene glycol q.s.

Instructions
Recommended Dosage

Praziquantel Injection Cestocide may be administered by either the subcutaneous or intramuscular route to dogs and cats. The recommended dosage of praziquantel varies according to body weight. Smaller animals require a relatively larger dosage. Check prescribing information for dosage table.

Storage Instructions

Store at or below 77°F. Do not allow to freeze.

FAQ

How does Praziquantel work?

Praziquantel Injection is absorbed, metabolized in the liver and excreted via the bile into the digestive tract where its cestocidal activity is exerted. Following exposure to praziquantel, the tapeworm loses its ability to resist digestion by the mammalian host. Because of this, whole tapeworms, including the scolex, are very rarely passed after administration of praziquantel. It is common to see only disintegrated and partially digested pieces of tapeworms in the stool. The majority of tapeworms killed are digested and are not found in the feces.

How is Praziquantel administered?

Praziquantel Injection Cestocide may be administered by either the subcutaneous or intramuscular route to dogs and cats. The intramuscular route may be preferred in dogs due to a brief period of pain that occasionally follows subcutaneous administration. Anaphylactoid reactions were not observed in clinical trials. However, as with any drug, an anaphylactoid reaction can occur with this product and should be treated symptomatically if it occurs.

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