Piperazine Paste Feline Anthelmintic
Piperazine is an oral anthelmintic (dewormer) used in dogs and cats to kill roundworms (a type of gastrointestinal worm). Tablets, capsules, pastes or a liquid suspension may be given directly in the mouth or mixed in the food. Fasting is not recommended.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- An anthelmintic (dewormer) for dogs and cats
- Given by mouth
REASONS FOR PRESCRIBING:
- To kill two types of roundworms (ascarids) in dogs and cats
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION?
- Piperazine is safe to use in pregnant animals
- Puppies or kittens less than 6 weeks of age
- Severely sick or debilitated animals
- Dogs and cats with liver or kidney disease
- Use cautiously in pets that have a history of seizures
- If your pet has had an earlier allergic reaction to piperazine or like products
Read and follow the label carefully. There are many piperazine products available on the market, but some products may contain different strengths, therefore have different directions.
Fasting is not necessary prior to treatment.
Piperazine may be given with or without food. Shake liquid suspension well before each use. Ensure that your pet swallows all of the medication.
A second dose 10-14 days later is necessary. If the initial worm burden is heavy, a 3rd dose may also be advisable.
Retreatment is needed because larvae residing in the host’s (pet’s) tissues may not have been affected by the initial treatment, but will mature and migrate to the intestines; the 2nd and 3rd dose will effectively kill them.
Young animals need to be tested and dewormed frequently according to a worming schedule given to you by your veterinarian.
To maximize the benefit of deworming, it is best to treat all animals in the environment. Periodic fecal exams are recommended to monitor effectiveness and re-exposure to parasites.
If you have any difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
Live roundworms may be observed in the feces after treatment (they resemble spaghetti). Strict hygienic precautions should be observed when handling infected pets and their feces, as roundworms can infect humans. Consult your veterinarian or family doctor to discuss how to prevent human infection and re-infection of your pet.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Store in a tight, light resistant, childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
People can become infected with roundworms, causing visceral larval migrans or ocular larval migrans. Ensure proper hygiene, keep pets out of sand boxes and gardens, clean up pet stools daily and do not allow pets to lick hands and faces.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and muscle tremors may occur at high doses
- Intestinal blockage or rupture is possible in animals with large numbers of roundworms
- If your pet shows any worrying side effects, contact your veterinarian
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Yes, but using laxatives at the same time as piperazine will reduce the time the drug is in contact with the parasite, thereby reducing its effectiveness
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if pet receives more than the prescribed amount
WHAT TO TELL/ASK VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING MEDICATION?
Talk to your veterinarian about:
- When will your pet need to be rechecked
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
- What are the risks and benefits of using this drug
Tell your veterinarian about:
- If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
- If your pet is pregnant or nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all prescribed medicines, piperazine should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed. It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.
This is just a summary of information about piperazine. If you have any questions or concerns about piperazine or the condition for which it was prescribed, contact your veterinarian.
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