Pet Medication 101: PraziquantelIt’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 praziquantel (Drontal) 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:praziquantel2. Common Name or Brand Names:Droncit, Drontal, Biltricide, Cisticid, Cysticide, Ehliten, Equimax, Mycotricide, Quest Plus, Praquantel, Prasikon, Prazitel, Sincerck, Virbantel, Zifartel, Zimecterin Gold Paste3. How Dispensed:Prescription-only4. Forms:23, 30, 34, 114, 500, and 600 mg tablets; 56.8mg/mL injectable solution; 7.75% and 14.03% oral paste; and 125 mg oral gel5. Drug Type/Class:Anthelmintic (anti-parasitic)6. Uses in Dogs and Cats:Treatment of tapeworms7. How it Works:Affects the permeability of the tapeworm’s cell membrane, resulting in digestion by the gastric fluids of the host8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy, pain at the injection site, and drooling in catsSigns of overdose include depression, weakness, and uncoordinated movements9. Drug Interactions:Albendazole, Cimetidine, Itraconazole, Ketoconazole, Phenobarbital, and Rifampin10. Cautionary Statements:Do not use in puppies less than 4 weeks old or kittens less than 6 weeks old.Use with caution in lactating pets.Side effects may last longer in patients with liver or kidney disease.Read more:Pet Medication 101: IvermectinPet Medication 101: Milbemycin OximePet Medication 101: Pyrantel PamoateNeed 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.