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Cestex (Epsoprantel)and/or alternatives
General Information on Cestex
Cestex is a veterinary medication with the generic name epsiprantel. This drug is indicated for the treatment of cats and dogs. Epsiprantel belongs to the drug class known as anthelminthics.
You can buy Cestex online for the treatment of tapeworm infections if it has been prescribed by your vet. Cestex works by paralyzing tapeworm and making them lose their grip on the intestinal wall, which results in them getting digested. There are little or no signs of the tapeworm in a pet’s stools after it is given this drug.
You must talk to your veterinarian about the safe use of Cestex in your pet. This is especially important if your pet is old, sick, pregnant, or lactating.
Side effects of Cestex
Cestex is not known to cause extremely serious side effects. However, in certain rare cases, it has been known to cause diarrhea and vomiting. Such side effects only last for a day even if they do occur. Nevertheless, you must inform the veterinarian if you notice any such side effects in your dog after giving it Cestex. Moreover, you must inform your veterinarian if your dog or cat has other side effects as well.
Cestex is not indicated for use in puppies or kittens younger than 7 weeks of age. It is also not indicated for human use. Therefore, this medication has to be kept away from children and puppies/kittens.
Dosage of Cestex
Cestex is a prescription medication, which means you can only buy Cestex if it has been specifically prescribed by your veterinarian. Cestex is available in the form of oral tablets. In most cases, a dog would be given a daily dose of 2.55mg per pound of weight in the form of a single dose. If a cat is being treated, the usual dosage would be limited to a single dose of 1.25mg per pound of weight. Fasting before giving Cestex is not required. In fact, it is not recommended.
Cestex is available in 12.5mg strength, which means that a single tablet contains 12.5mg of epsiprantel. The right dosage will be determined by the veterinarian after evaluating your pet’s condition. Humans can also get infected by tapeworms, so it is necessary that you take adequate precautions to stop the spread of the tapeworm infection.
You must clean up after your pet, and you must not forget to wash your hands carefully and thoroughly after you administer Cestex to your dog or cat. Moreover, you should also remove any fleas from your pet’s fur as well as from your home. You are advised to keep your dog or cat from eating uncooked fish or meat or rodents.
Cestex is not known to interact with any other drug. Nevertheless, it is always recommended that you inform the vet about any other product, medication, etc. that you are giving to your pet before you buy Cestex. Your doctor can then properly evaluate the risk of an interaction and advise you on the same.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.