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What is Cestex?
Cestex (epsiprantel) is an oral medication used to treat tapeworm infections in dogs and cats. Cestex requires a prescription, and is sold per tablet.
Cats (over 7 weeks of age)
Dogs (over 7 weeks of age)
• Successfully removes tapeworms in cats and dogs
• Given as a single one-time dose
• Side effects are rare, and there are no known drug interactions
How it works:
Cestex is an anthelminthic (dewormer). It paralyzes the tapeworm which causes it to lose its grip on your pet's intestinal wall. The tapeworm is then digested with no sign of the parasite seen in the stool after treatment.
In very rare instances, vomiting or diarrhea may occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.
Cestex (Pfizer Animal Health)
What is the most important information I should know about Cestex: Cestex is a prescription medication FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs and cats. Cestex is available as tablets. The usual dose for dogs is 2.55mg/pound given as a single dose. The usual dose for cats is 1.25mg/pound given as a single dose. Fasting is not required nor is it recommended.
What is Cestex: Cestex is an anthelminthic (dewormer) used to treat tapeworm infections in dogs and cats.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Cestex to my pet: Tell your veterinarian if your pet is taking any other medications to treat worms. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.
How should this medication be given: Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Cestex should be given as a single dose. Cestex can be given with or without food. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Store Cestex at room temperature. Keep this medication away from children and pets.
What happens if I miss giving a dose: Cestex is given as a single dose one time.
What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of Cestex overdose are not known.
What should I avoid while giving Cestex to my pet: Do not give Cestex to kittens and puppies less than 7 weeks of age. Because humans can contract tapeworm from pets it is important to maintain good personal hygiene. It is also important to eliminate fleas on the pet and in the household and to not feed the pet rodents or uncooked meat or fish. To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.
What are the possible side effects of Cestex: No side effects were observed during clinical field trials. In very rare instances, vomiting or diarrhea may occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.
What other drugs will affect Cestex: There are no known drug interactions.
Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about Cestex written for health professionals that you may read.