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Cestex tablets, also known as esiprantel, are an anthelmintic medication intended to remove the internal parasite the tapeworm. Cestex is distributed by Zoetis Inc.
How it Works
The active components of Epsiprantel infects the tapeworm directly. As Cestex is an oral medication the small intestines absorb the product, detaching the tapeworms as they try feed. The tapeworms then become dissolved.
WHAT THIS PRODUCT CURES
Feline Tapeworms (Feline cestodes) called Dipylidium caninum and Taenia taeniaeformis. Canine Tapeworms (Canine cestodes) called Dipylidium caninum and Taenia pisiformis.
Tapeworms are one of the easiest parasitic worms to detect in cats and dogs. The tapeworm is a long, segmented worm which hooks itself into the inside of the intestine wall. When a pet passes a stool the parts of the worm sometimes breaks off, becoming visible in the stool sample. These pieces of worm will appear small and white, similar to a grain of rice. Visible worms within the stool is the first detection of a tapeworm infestation, the second detection is scooting. These tapeworms move toward the end of the rectum, squirming and wiggling through the opening of the anus. Dogs and cats will become very uncomfortable, scoot across the floor or ground to relieve the sensation.
Cats and dogs infect themselves with tapeworm from consuming raw meats or drinking contaminated water. Fleas are also a vector for transmitting tapeworms. The tapeworm nymph lives within the flea until coming into contact with a mammal. As the flea consumes his blood meal, the pet bites at the flea ingesting the tapeworm nymph. Once the tapeworm has entered the pet’s body he will mature, finding his was to the small intestine where he will thrive and reproduce.
A higher infestation of tapeworms causes riskier symptoms to the pet. Tapeworms live inside the intestine, therefore consuming all food products placed there. An infestation of tapeworms will result in a decrease of nutrients causing weakness, weight loss, and hair luster.
PET WITH AILMENTS
RELATIVE INFO ON BREED MOST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AILMENT
Tapeworms cannot survive without a host. They are host specific as there are two separate species to affect felines and canines. The feline tapeworm (Feline cestodes) is called Dipylidium caninum and Taenia taeniaeformis. The Canine Tapeworms (Canine cestodes) is called Dipylidium caninum and Taenia pisiformis. These worms have a long, ribbon shaped body with several segments that can become independent. The head is small and contains both hooks and sucker parts to aid in intestinal attachment.
QUESTIONS FOR MY VET
1.What should I do if my pet has adverse effects from product?
No adverse reaction shave been reported with this medication. If you do note adverse reactions contact your veterinarian immediately.
3. How long will I need to treat my pet for tapeworms?
a. Certex is a onetime dose, the medication remains in the system for a number of days.
4. Can I get infected with my pet’s tapeworms?
a. Humans can become infected with the same tapeworms as our cats and dogs, however it is less common. The commonly transmitted tapeworm via flea infestation, the Dipylidium caninum, can infect humans but the need for ingestion is required, not as likely.
5. Is Cestex safe?
Yes, Cestex has been studied and reported to show no adverse side effects.
6. Can my pet take this medication with food?
Fasting is not necessary or recommended.
7. Will Cestex terminate the tapeworms completely?
a. Yes, but it will not prevent infestation if your pet has fleas. In the case of D. Caninum flea, an effective flea control program should be instituted.
8. Is this product safe to give with other medications?
a. yes, in a recent study Cestex was administered in a dog study group of individuals currently taking, diethylcarbamazine citrate anti-inflammatory agents, insecticides, and nematocides. The results indicated no noted drug incompatibilities.
9. How early can I treat my pet for tapeworms?
This product is safe to use in puppies and kittens older than 7 weeks of age.
Not intended for use in humans.
Keep out of reach from children.
Not tested in pregnant or lactating females.
For use in cats and dogs only.
Pets: Intended for use in cats and dogs greater than 7 weeks of age. No adverse reactions have been noted.
Humans: Not intended for human consumption. In case of accidental ingestion, contact a medical physician on proper actions to be taken.
STORAGE: Store at controlled room temperature 20°-25°C (68°-77°F) with excursions between 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).
BRAND VS GENERIC COMPARISON
Cestex is a one-dose product with the ability to terminate tapeworms the first time. The generic form of Cestex is sold by its active element name; esiprantel. Espirantel tablets have the same active ingredient as Cestex and cost around the same price. The brand product and generic product are single-dose drugs.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Cestex tablets should be administered orally. The recommended dosage of epsiprantel is: cats, 1.25 mg/lb of body weight; dogs, 2.5 mg/lb of body weight.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION:
Body Weight Dose
Seven weeks old
up to 10 lb 12.5 mg
11-20 lb 25.0 mg
Body Weight Dose
Seven weeks old
up to 5 lb 12.5 mg
6-10 lb 25.0 mg
11-20 lb 50.0 mg
21-40 lb 100.0 mg
41-50 lb 125.0 mg
51-60 lb 150.0 mg
61-80 lb 200.0 mg
81-90 lb 225.0 mg
91-100 lb 250.0 mg
101+ lb 2.5 mg/lb, rounding up to next whole tablet combination
Cestex tablets are film-coated and contain 12.5 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg or 100 mg of epsiprantel per tablet.
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