Praziquantel and pyrantel pamoate (pra-zee-kwan-tell)
What is this medication used for
Praziquantel and pyrantel pamoate is a broad spectrum dewormer used to remove tapeworms, hookworms and large roundworms in cats and kittens.
Praziquantel and pyrantel pamoate is available by prescription as scored tablets.
How this medicine should be used
Praziquantel and pyrantel pamoate is FDA approved for use in cats and kittens. The usual dose for cats and kittens at least 4 weeks old and at least 1 ½-1.9 lbs is ¼ tab, 2-3 lbs is ½ tab, 4-8 lbs is 1 tab, 9-12 lbs is 1 ½ tab and 13-16 lbs is 2 tabs.
What are the side effects
Side effects are rare but may include increased salivation, vomiting and diarrhea in cats.
What special precautions are there
Praziquantel and pyrantel pamoate should not be used in animals allergic to it. Because humans can contract tapeworm from animals, it is important to maintain good personal hygiene. It is also important to eliminate fleas on the pet and in the household and to not feed the pet rodents or uncooked meat or fish. To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended. Consult your veterinarian before giving to sick or pregnant animals.
In the event of overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. While rare, symptoms of overdose may include vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea and salivation.
How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.
The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.