Niclosamide is an antiparasitic active ingredient used in veterinary and human medicine. It is used mainly against tapeworms of dogs, cats, horses and livestock. It is also used in agriculture against snails. It belongs to the chemical class of the salicylanilides.
Common name: NICLOSAMIDE
EFFICACY AGAINST PARASITES
Efficacy against a specific parasite depends on the delivery form and on the dose administered.
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Niclosamide is a narrow-spectrum anthelmintic effective against some tapeworm and fluke species. It is rather scarcely used both in livestock and pets, mostly in oral drenches in combination with a nematicide (e.g. benzimidazoles, levamisole, etc.).
Niclosamide has almost no residual effect, i.e. it kills the parasites during a few hours after treatment but offers no significant protection against re-infestation.
The table below indicates some usual dosing recommendations for niclosamide issued by manufacturers or documented in the scientific literature. They may not be approved in some countries.
|Dosing recommendations for NICLOSAMIDE |
|Delivery||Parasites||Dose (against niclosamide-susceptible parasites) |
|Oral||Taenia spp ||100-150 mg/kg|
|Oral||Taenia spp||100-150 mg/kg|
|Oral||Tapeworms (general)||50-70 mg/kg|
|Oral||Paramphistomum spp||160 mg/kg, rep after 3 days|
|SHEEP & GOATS|
|Oral||Tapeworms (general)||50 mg/kg|
|Oral||Paramphistomum spp||100 mg/kg (only against intestinal stages)|
|Oral||Anaplocephala spp||200-300 mg/kg|
|Oral||Tapeworms (general)||100-200 mg/kg, rep after 7 days|
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Dosing recommendations for antiparasitics depend on national regulations. National regulatory authorities determine whether a product is approved for a given indication, i.e. use on a particular host at a specific dose and against a specific parasite. Check the labels of the products available in your country for specific information on approved indications.
Oral LD50, rat, acute*: >5000 mg/kg
Dermal LD50, rat, acute*: >2000 mg/kg
* These values refer to the active ingredient. Toxicity has to be determined for each formulation as well. Formulations are usually significantly less toxic than the active ingredients.
MRL (maximum residue limit) established for either beef, mutton pork or chicken meat*:
- CODEX: No
- EU: No
- USA: No
- AUS: No
* This information is an indicator of the acceptance of an active ingredient by the most influential regulatory bodies for use on livestock.
Withholding periods for meat, milk, eggs, etc. depend on delivery form, dose and national regulations. Check the product label in your country.
Learn more about niclosamide safety (poisoning, intoxication, overdose, antidote, symptoms, etc.).
General safety information for antiparasitics is available in specific articles in this site (click to visit):
- General safety of antiparasitics for domestic animals
- General safety of antiparasitics for humans
- General safety of antiparasitics for the environment
Never use agricultural or hygiene products with this or any other active ingredient on livestock or pets, even if there are veterinary products with this same active ingredient approved for use on animals. The formulations for agricultural or hygiene use are different and may be toxic for livestock or pets.
It is obvious that veterinary products are not intended for and should never be used on humans!!!
MARKETING & USAGE
Decade of introduction: 1950
Introduced by: BAYER
Some original brands: MANSONIL, LINTEX, YOMESAN
Patent: Expired (particular formulations may be still patent-protected)
Use in LIVESTOCK: Yes, very scarce
Use in HORSES: NO
Use in DOGS and CATS: Yes, very scarce
Main delivery forms:
Use in human medicine: Yes
Use in public/domestic hygiene: Yes, against snails
Use in agriculture: Yes, against snails
Generics available: Yes, a few
In pets: No
In livestock: No
Niclosamide is a veteran salicylanilide anthelmintic, nowadays very scarcely used in pets and livestock, because it has been replaced by more effective compounds. It is available in a few countries in the form of drenches, tablets, pills, etc. and feed additives.
Efficacy of niclosamide
Niclosamide is a good taenicide (= tapeworm killer) effective against several parasitic tapeworms of livestock and pets (e.g. Taenia spp, Moniezia spp) and also against rumen flukes (Paramphistomum spp) and blood flukes (Schistosoma spp). This is in contrast with most other salicylanilides, which are mainly flukicides and not at all taenicides.
Niclosamide is also used against aquatic snails that are vectors of human schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia, bilharziosis or snail fever), as well as a human medicine against various tapeworm infections.
Niclosamide has no residual effect. This means that a single administration will kill the parasites present in the host at the time of treatment, but will not protect the host against re-infestations.
Pharmacokinetics of niclosamide
After oral administration niclosamide is only marginally absorbed into the bloodstream. Absorbed niclosamide is quickly metabolized and excreted. Unabsorbed niclosamide remains vastly unchanged in the digestive tract and is quickly excreted through feces. Neither the parent molecule nor its metabolites are detected in blood or urine.
This low absorption allows a high safety margin for use on animals.
Mechanism of action of niclosamide
The molecular mode of action of salicylanilide, including niclosamide, is not completely elucidated. They all are uncouplers of the oxidative phosphorylation in the cell mitochondria, which disturbs the production of ATP, the cellular "fuel". This impairs the parasites motility and probably other processes as well.
Niclosamide acts on the tapeworms also through inhibition of glucose absorption.
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