Generic Drug Name: Epsiprantel
Other Common Names: Cestex
Epsiprantel is an anthelmintic used to treat tapeworms in cats and dogs. This medication likely works by disrupting the regulation of calcium and other cations to cause tetanic muscle contraction and paralysis in parasites. It is only very minimally absorbed following oral administration.
Epsiprantel is effective against Dipylidium caninum in cats and dogs, Taenia taeniaeformis in cats, and Taenia pisiformis in dogs.
No side effects have been reported in animals being treated with epsiprantel. Vomiting and diarrhea are possible, but unlikely.
It is not known if epsiprantel is safe for use during pregnancy or lactation. Safety has not been determined in breeding animals. Treating kittens and puppies less than 7 weeks of age with epsiprantel is not recommended. This drug is not for human use. No drug interactions have been reported.
Epsiprantel should not be used in animals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to the drug.
Because epsiprantel is so minimally absorbed, overdose is very unlikely. Extremely high doses may cause trembling and vomiting in kittens and cats. Symptoms of overdose in puppies and dogs may cause increased alkaline phosphatase, decreased lymphocyte count, slight proteinuria, vomiting, and decreased total white cell count. Any known or suspected overdose should be reported to a veterinarian right away.
Epsiprantel should be stored between 59 86 degrees Fahrenheit, in a tightly sealed container, out of the reach of children and animals.
Epsiprantel is available in tablet form. The typical recommended dose of epsiprantel in cats is 1.25 mg/lb of body weight. In dogs, the recommended dose is 2.5 mg/lb of body weight. Fasting is not recommended. Doses may vary in different species, when the drug is given by a different route or concurrently with other medications, and with regards to a patient's age, breed, and health status. A veterinarian's dosing instructions and/or those printed on the medication label should be followed closely.
This medication is generally used as a single dose. Correction of partial or incomplete doses should be handled by a veterinarian.