Brand: POPANTEL ® F Flavoured Allwormer Tablets for DOGS
- PYRANTEL (as embonate salt):
- 10 kg dose: 49.8 mg/tablet
- 35 kg dose: 174.5 mg/tablet
- 10 kg dose: 250 mg/tablet
- 35 kg dose: 875 mg/tablet
- 10 kg dose: 50 mg/tablet
- 35 kg dose: 175 mg/tablet
CHEMICAL CLASS of the active ingredient(s):
PARASITES CONTROLLED* (spectrum of activity):
- Roundworms (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina), hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum, Ancylostoma braziliense, Uncinaria stenocephala) & whipworms (Trichuris vulpis)
- Tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum, Taenia spp, Echinococcus granulosus)
- Dogs 1.5 to 2.5 kg bw: ¼ 10-kg tablet (equivalent to 8.33 to 4.98 mg/kg pyrantel embonate, 41.67 to 25 mg/kg febantel, 8.33 to 5.0 mg/kg praziquantel)
- Dogs 2.6 to 5 kg bw: ½ 10-kg tablet (equivalent to 9.57 to 4.98 mg/kg pyrantel embonate, 48.07 to 25 mg/kg febantel, 9.61 to 5.0 mg/kg praziquantel)
- Dogs 5.1 to 10 kg bw: 1 10-kg tablet (equivalent to 9.76 to 4.98 mg/kg pyrantel embonate, 49.01 to 25 mg/kg febantel, 9.80 to 5.0 mg/kg praziquantel)
- Dogs >10 kg bw: 1 10-kg tablet for every 10 kg bw. Round off doses to the nearest ½ tablet.
- Dogs 20 to 35 kg bw: 1 35-kg tablet (equivalent to 8.73 to 4.98 mg/kg pyrantel embonate, 43.75 to 25 mg/kg febantel, 8.75 to 5.0 mg/kg praziquantel)
- Dogs 31.1 to 52 kg bw: 1½ 35-kg tablet (equivalent to 8.42 to 5.03 mg/kg pyrantel embonate, 42.20 to 25.24 mg/kg febantel, 8.44 to 5.05 mg/kg praziquantel)
- Dogs 52.1 to 70 kg bw: 2 35-kg tablet (equivalent to 6.70 to 5.03 mg/kg pyrantel embonate, 33.59 to 25.0 mg/kg febantel, 6.72 to 5.0 mg/kg praziquantel)
- Dogs 70.1 to 87 kg bw: 2½ 35-kg tablet (equivalent to 6.22 to 5.01 mg/kg pyrantel embonate, 31.20 to 25.14 mg/kg febantel, 6.24 to 5.03 mg/kg praziquantel)
- Dogs >87 kg bw: 3 35-kg tablet
* Can be slightly different in some countries: read the product label!
- LD50 (acute oral) in rats: n.a. for the tablets. >5000 mg/kg for pyrantel; 1760 mg/kg for febantel; 2840 mg/kg for praziquantel
- Estimated Hazard Class according to the WHO: not applicable for veterinary medicines
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Risk of resistance development? YES, but rather low in Ancylostoma caninum.
Alternatives to prevent resistance through product rotation:
- Macrocyclic lactones (e.g. milbemycin oxime, selamectin)
- Imidazothiazoles (levamisole)
Are the active ingredients of this product ORIGINAL* or GENERICS**?
- Pyrantel: GENERIC (introduced in the 1960s)
- Febantel: GENERIC (introduced in the 1970s)
- Praziquantel: GENERIC (introduced in the 1970s)
*Meaning that they are still patent protected and generics are not yet available
**Meaning that they have lost patent protection and may be acquired from manufacturers of generic active ingredients other than the holder of the original patent.
COUNTRIES where this product is marketed: AUSTRALIA
GENERIC BRANDS available? YES, in some countries.
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Pyrantel is a narrow-spectrum anthelmintic belonging to the chemical class of the tetrahydropyrimidines that was introduced in the 1960s (by PFIZER → ZOETIS). It is effective against roundworms and a few tapeworms (depending on the dose) in the gut, but not against those in other organs (e.g. the lungs, the skin, etc). It controls the most important dog worms such as the roundworms Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonina, the hookworms Ancylostoma caninum and Uncinaria stenocephala. It is used a lot in pets and horses but rarely in livestock. There are dozens of products for pets with generic pyrantel.
Febantel is a broad-spectrum anthelmintic belonging to the chemical class of the benzimidazoles that was introduced in the 1970s (by BAYER). In fact it is a pro-benzimidazole (a so-called pro-drug) that becomes a benzimidazole only once ingested by the host. It is transformed into fenbendazole in the stomach and the intestine of the host, shortly after ingestion. Febantel is effective against numerous roundworms (e.g. Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina), hookworms (e.g. Ancylostoma caninum, A. braziliense, Uncinaria stenocephala), and whipworms (Trichuris vulpis). Febantel is moderately used in livestock, but not in agriculture.
Praziquantel is a veteran isoquinoline anthelmintic introduced in the 1970s (by BAYER). It is still the most effective and most vastly used parasiticide against tapeworms, but without any efficacy against roundworms, fleas or ticks. Praziquantel adds efficacy against tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum, Taenia pisiformis, etc.) but has no efficacy whatsoever against roundworms, hookworms or whipworms. It is the anthelmintic most vastly used against tapeworms in pets. There are hundreds of antiparasitic brands for pets containing praziquantel.
Pyrantel, febantel and praziquantel have no residual effect, i.e. they act against the worms during a few hours after administration but are quickly metabolized and excreted. For this reason treatment must often be repeated for certain indications.
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