Brand: PRAZIQUANTEL INJECTION

Company: BIMEDA


FORMULATION: «injectable» solution

ACTIVE INGREDIENT(S): PRAZIQUANTEL: 56.8 mg/mL

CHEMICAL CLASS of the active ingredient(s): ISOQUINOLINE


INDICATIONS: DOGS and CATS

PARASITES CONTROLLED* (spectrum of activity):

* Can be slightly different in some countries: read the product label!


RECOMMENDED DOSE*:

  • Dogs 5 lbs. ≈2.2 kg bw: 0.3 mL (equivalent to 7.7 mg/kg praziquantel)
  • Dogs 6 to 10 lbs. 2.7 to 4.5 kg bw: 0.5 mL (equivalent to 10.5 to 6.3 mg/kg praziquantel)
  • Dogs 11 to 25 lbs. ≈ 5 to 11.3 kg bw: 1 mL (equivalent to 6.7 to 5.0 mg/kg praziquantel)
  • Dogs >25 lbs. ≈ >11.3 kg bw: 0.2 mL/5 lbs., max 3 mL (equivalent to 5 mg/kg praziquantel)
  • Cats <5 lbs. ≈ <2.2 kg bw: 0.2 mL (equivalent to >5.2 mg/kg praziquantel)
  • Cats 6 to 10 lbs. 2.7 to 4.5 kg bw: 0.4 mL(equivalent to 8.4 to 5.0 mg/kg praziquantel)
  • Cats >11 lbs. ≈ >5 kg bw: max 0.6 mL (equivalent <6.8 mg/kg praziquantel)

* Can be slightly different in some countries: read the product label!


SAFETY

  • LD50 (acute oral) in rats: n.a. for the solution. 2840 mg/kg for praziquantel
  • Estimated Hazard Class according to the WHO: not applicable for veterinary medicines

Suspected poisoning? Read the article on praziquantel safety in this site.

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RESISTANCE PREVENTION

Risk of resistance development? NO

There are no reports on resistance of tapeworms to praziquantel more than 30 years after its introduction and intensive use.

Learn more about resistance and how it develops.


MARKETING

Are the active ingredients of this product ORIGINAL* or GENERICS**?

  • 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: USA.
GENERIC BRANDS available? YES, in some countries. This product itself is a generic version of DRONCIT INJECTION from BAYER.

Click hear to learn more about GENERIC vs. ORIGINAL drugs.


COMMENTS

PRAZIQUANTEL INJECTION is a tapeworm-specific anthelmintic from BIMEDA containing praziquantel for dogs and cats, a generic version of DRONCIT INJECTION from BAYER. 

Praziquantel is a veteran isoquinoline anthelmintic introduced in the 1970s (by BAYER). It is effective against numerous tapeworm species (Dipylidium caninumTaenia pisiformis, Echinococcus granulosusEchinococcus multilocularis) 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, but rather few as an injectable.

Praziquantel has no residual effect, i.e. it act against the worms during a few hours after administration but is quickly metabolized and excreted. For this reason treatment must often be repeated for certain indications. 

For an overview and a list of the most popular pet wormers click here.


DISCLAIMER

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