Brand: NITROMEC ® Injection
CHEMICAL CLASSES of the active ingredient(s):
- Ivermectin: Macrocyclic lactone
- Clorsulon: Benzenesulphonamide
- Nitroxynil: halogenated phenol
PARASITES CONTROLLED* (spectrum of activity)
* Country-specific differences may apply: read the product label.
- Gastrointestinal roundworms (adults and L4 larvae): Ostertagia ostertagi (incl. inhibited larvae), Ostertagia lyrata, Haemonchus placei, Trichostrongylus axei, Trichostrongylus colubriformis, Cooperia oncophora, Cooperia punctata, Cooperia pectinata, Oesophagostomum radiatum, Bunostomum phlebotomum, Nematodirus helvetianus (adults only), Nematodirus spathiger (adults only), Strongyloides papillosus (adults only), Trichuris spp (adults only).
- Lungworms (adults and fourth-stage larvae, inlc. inhibited stages): Dictyocaulus viviparus.
- Eyeworms: Thelazia spp.
- Liver flukes, Fasciola hepatica, early immatures (including 2-week old), immatures and adults.
- Chrysomya bezziana (parasitic larval stages. Not reported in Australia but present in Papua-New Guinea).
- Sucking lice: Linognathus vituli, Haematopinus eurysternus, Solenopotes capillatus.
- Mites (scabies): Sarcoptes scabiei var. bovis
- Aids in the control of: biting lice (Damalinia bovis); mange mites (Chorioptes bovis); cattle ticks Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus in Australia.
*Can be slightly different in some countries: read the product label!
- 1.5 ml product/50 kg (=110 lb) bw, corresponding to:
- LD50 (acute oral) in rats:
- ivermectin a.i. 2-3 mg/kg (according to MSDS)
- closulon a.i. >10000 mg/kg (according to MSDS)
- nitroxynil a.i. 170-450 mg/kg (for various salts)
- LD50 (acute dermal) in rats:
- ivermectin a.i. >660 mg/kg (according to MSDS)
- clorsulon a.i. n.a.
- nitroxynil a.i. n.a.
- Estimated hazard class according to the WHO: not applicable for veterinary medicines
Withholding periods (=withdrawal times) for meat & milk (country-specific differences may apply: read the product label)
- Meat: 56 days (ESI = 120 days).
- Milk: Do not use in female animals which are producing or may in the future produce milk or milk products for human consumption
WARNING !!!: Never use on humans, dogs or cats
Resistance of gastrointestinal roundworms to ivermectin in sheep, goats and cattle has been reported almost worldwide, including the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Based on the very abundant and frequent use of ivermectin and other macrocyclic lactones (with cross-resistance to ivermectin) in livestock it must be assumed that resistance of these roundworms to this chemical class will continue spreading and strengthening in the future. The nitroxynil in the formulation may control some worm species resistance to ivermectin
This means that if this product does not achieve the expected efficacy against the mentioned parasites, it may be due to resistance and not to incorrect use, which is usually the most frequent cause of product failure.
- Benzimidazoles, e.g. albendazole, febantel, fenbendazole, oxfendazole, etc. Similar or even worse resistance problems than macrocyclic lactones
- Imidazothiazoles, mainly levamisole. etc. Similar or even worse resistance problems than macrocyclic lactones
- Tetrahydropyrimidines, e.g. morantel, pyrantel (limited spectrum of activity)
- Salicylanilides, e.g. closantel (limited spectrum of activity)
These alternative products may not be available in all countries, or may not be available as injectables.
There are a few reports on liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) resistance to clorsulon in sheep, but so far it is not such an extended problem as for gastrointestinal roundworms. To our knowledge there are no published reports on resistance of liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) to clorsulon in cattle.
Are the active ingredients of this product ORIGINAL* or GENERICS**?
*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 (maybe under another TM): Australia
GENERIC BRANDS available? YES, perhaps not with the same composition.
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NITROMEC INJECTION for Cattle from VIRBAC is a rather unusual combination of generic ivermectin, clorsulon, and nitroxynil.
Ivermectin was the first macrocyclic lactone introduced in the market in the early 1980s (by MSD Agvet, later MERIAL). It was a milestone and a tremendous progress that revolutionized the control of veterinary parasites. Nowadays there are thousands of brands with generic ivermectin worldwide. It is effective against most species of roundworms that affect cattle and against many external parasites (mainly lice, mites, grubs, etc.), but not against tapeworms or flukes.
Clorsulon is a veteran flukicide introduced in the 1970s (by MS&D-AGVET), a benzenesulphonamide with a narrow spectrum of efficacy against a few trematode species. It has no efficacy whatsoever on roundworms (gastrointestinal, pulmonary, ocular, etc.) or tapeworms, nor on external parasites of cattle (mites, lice, ticks, grubs, etc).
Nitroxynil is a narrow spectrum anthelmintic, introduced in the 1960s (by MAY & BAKER). It is effective against liver flukes and a few gastrointestinal roundworms (e.g. Haemonchus spp, Bunostomum phlebotomum and Oesophagostomum radiatum). But it provides no control of numerous other gastrointestinal roundworm species that usually infect ruminants together with the mentioned species, and is completely ineffective against external parasites.
The reason for combining clorsulon and/or nytroxynil with ivermectin is adding efficacy against liver flukes (Fasciola hepatica), because ivermectin is not effective against any fluke species. Nitroxynil may also control some gastrointestinal worm species already resistant to ivermectin.
All 1% ivermectin injectables used on cattle at the recommended dose of 200 mcg/kg offer a rather poor control of cattle ticks Boophilus (=Rhipicephalus) microplus (a frequent pest in Australia) usually insufficient for most producers.
Being one of the best antiparasitics ever developed, ivermectin does not control all parasites of livestock. Unfortunately advertising and even the label of some generic formulations in less developed countries often include unsubstantiated claims. To help preventing confusion and misuse it is useful to know that whatever ivermectin 1% + clorsulon 10% injectable formulation administered at the usual recommended dose of 1 ml/50 kg bw DOES NOT CONTROL:
- Ticks (most species, e.g. Amblyomma spp, Dermacentor spp, Haemaphysalis spp, Hyalomma spp, Ixodes spp, etc.)
- Flies (e.g. horn flies, houseflies, stable flies, black flies, horse flies, etc.)
- Fleas (e.g. Ctenocephalides spp)
- Tapeworms (e.g. Moniezia spp spp)
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