Pet Medication 101: Pyrantel PamoateIt’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. Are you concerned about your pet?Book a video consultation with an experienced veterinarian within minutes.Professional vet advice onlineLow-cost video vet consultationsOpen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Book Video Consultation 1. Drug Name:pyrantel pamoate2. Brand Names:Strongid, Nemex, Drontal (contains pyrantel pamoate)3. How Dispensed:Over the counter and prescription4. Forms:Tablets, capsules, chewable tablets, liquid suspension, and paste5. Drug Type/Class:Anthelmintic (dewormer)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 piperazine10. Cautionary Statements:Use with caution in severely debilitated animals.Considered safe in nursing animals, but should be used with caution in pregnant animals.Read more:Deworming Your Dog - Q&ARoundworms in Dogs and CatsHookworms in Dog and CatsNeed to speak with a veterinarian regarding your pet's medication or another condition?Click here to schedule a video consult to speak to one of our vets. You can also download the FirstVet app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Stores.