Pet Medication 101: Pyrantel Pamoate
It’s important to understand a medication’s uses and side effects before giving it to your pet. This medication info sheet is meant to give you a good understanding of what pyrantel pamoate (Strongid) is used for, how it works, and potential side effects in cats and dogs. Always consult a veterinarian before giving your pet any medication.
1. Drug Name:
2. Brand Names:
Strongid, Nemex, Drontal (contains pyrantel pamoate)
3. How Dispensed:
Over the counter and prescription
Tablets, capsules, chewable tablets, liquid suspension, and paste
5. Drug Type/Class:
6. Uses in Dogs and Cats:
Treatment for intestinal parasites (roundworm, hookworm, strongyles, pinworms) in dogs. Used off-label for the treatment of intestinal parasites in cats. Also used off-label to treat certain parasites in rabbits and other small rodents.
7. How it Works:
Pyrantel paralyzes the intestinal worm, allowing the body to pass the parasite out through the stool.
8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:
Side effects are unlikely but may include decreased appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Signs of toxicity include increased respiratory rate and profuse sweating.
9. Drug Interactions:
Organophosphates and piperazine
10. Cautionary Statements:
Use with caution in severely debilitated animals.
Considered safe in nursing animals, but should be used with caution in pregnant animals.
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