Brand: Palatable Allwormer Tablets for Cats & Young Kittens
CHEMICAL CLASS of the active ingredient(s):
PARASITES CONTROLLED* (spectrum of activity):
- Roundworms (Toxocara cati, Toxascaris leonina), hookworms (Ancylostoma spp, Uncinaria stenocephala)
- Tapeworms (Taenia spp)
- Cats >2 kg bw: 1 tablet (>56.25 mg/kg oxibendazole, >12.5 mg/kg praziquantel)
* Can be slightly different in some countries: read the product label!
- LD50 (acute oral) in rats: n.a. for the tablets. >10000 mg/kg for oxibendazole; 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? VERY LOW
Are the active ingredients of this product ORIGINAL* or GENERICS**?
- Oxibendazole: 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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Oxibendazole is a veteran benzimidazole introduced in the 1970s (by SMITH KLINE → PFIZER→ ZOETIS) that is rather scarcely used in pets, horses or ruminants. It is a broad-spectrum anthelmintic effective against roundworms in the gut and the lungs, but not against those in the skin. It has no efficacy whatsoever against external parasites. It is scarcely to moderately used in pets and horses. Usage is insignificant in livestock. It is not used in agriculture.
Praziquantel is another 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 spp, etc.) but has no efficacy whatsoever against roundworms, hookworms or whipworms. It is the anthelmintic most vastly used against tapeworms in pets and horses. There are hundreds of antiparasitic brands for pets & horses containing praziquantel. Usage in livestock is rather modest. It is not used in agriculture.
Oxibendazole 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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