Praziquantel

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Pronunciation

praz-i-KWAN-tel - Pronunciation guide

Brand Names

  • Equimax
  • Zimectrin Gold
  • Quest Plus

Description

Rx symbolPraziquantel is an antiparasitic drug used to control tapeworms (Anoplocephala perfoliata) in horses.

Usage

In formulations labeled for use in horses, praziquantel is typically combined with another anthelmintic deworming drug such as ivermectin or moxidectin.

Dosage and Administration

Prescription medicationPraziquantel
Method Dosage
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Concentration Period Duration
Oral 1 2.5 mg/kg 7.75% Treatment NA
Oral2 2.5 mg/kg 12.5% Treatment NA

Notes:

  • For veterinary use only.
  • Not for use in horses intended for food.
  • Calculator is for educational purposes only. Follow your veterinarian's instructions regarding use of this, or any medication.
 

Side Effects

Neurologic signs were seen in safety studies at 5 times the label dose of the moxidectin/praziquantel mixture (Quest Plus). Some reports of colic after praziquantel administration have occurred in horses that had very high tapeworm loads.  Generally considered safe well past label doses.

Precautions

Equine dewormers can be toxic to dogs and cats. Clean barn aisles, wash-racks, etc. after administration. Avoid contact with human eyes and mouth. For equine use only.

Interactions

None noted.

Overdose

Generally safe in studies at levels up to 3-5 times label dose.  At high doses, toxicity signs as noted above may occur.

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ZimecterinZimecterin

Quest Gel MoxidectinQuest Gel Moxidectin

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