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Profender (Emodepside/Praziquantel)and/or alternatives
General Information on Profender
Profender is used for treating roundworm, tapeworm, and hookworm infections in cats that are of or above 8 weeks of age or more and weigh 1kg or more. The generic name of this drug is Praziquantel and Emodepside. This drug is available in form of a topical solution.
Profender is a clear yellow solution that contains 1.98% of Emodepside and 7.94% of Praziquantel. The two active ingredients work by killing the gastrointestinal worms. You should buy Profender only if a veterinarian has prescribed this drug for your pet.
Side effects of Profender
Profender may cause certain side effects. It is necessary that you discuss the risks and benefits associated with Profender before administering it to your pet. You should not buy Profender if your pet has a known allergy to any of the ingredients used in this topical drug. Watch out for early signs of allergic reaction if your pet is receiving Profender for the first time. The following symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction: facial swelling, skin rashes or severe irritation, redness, or swelling at the application site.
Other side effects of this drug are: salivation, agitation, nervousness, lethargy, licking, scratching the treatment area, or alopecia. Consult your veterinarian if any of these side effects are severe.
In rare cases, Profender may cause the following serious side effects: tremors, eye irritation, diarrhea, dehydration, respiratory irritation, loss of appetite, or vomiting. You must inform your veteriniarian immediately if your pet show experiences any of the aforementioned side effects.
Profender is expected to be safe for lactating and pregnant pets. With that said, it is necessary that consult your veterinarian before administering this drug to a pet that is pregnant or lactating.
Profender is not listed for human use. Keep this drug out of reach of young children. Serious side effects may occur if the drug is ingested by a human. Consult a doctor if your child, or someone else, accidently ingests Profender.
You must wash your hands thoroughly after and before applying this topical solution to your pet. If you have a known hypersensitivity to Praziquantel, Butylhydroxyanisole, or Emodepside, you should exercise extra caution while administering this drug.
Dosage of Profender
Profender is administered topically and is given as a single dosage. The dosage of this drug depends on the weight of the pet. The recommended minimum dosage is 5.45mg/lb of Praziquantel plus 1.36mg/lb of Emodepside.
Administer 0.35 ml of Profender to cats that weigh between 2.2-5.5 lbs, 0.70 ml of Profender to cats that weigh between 5.5-11 lbs, 1.12 ml of Profender to cats that weigh between 11-17.6 lbs. Your veterinarian will show you how to administer the drug. If you have any doubts, speak to your veteriniarian or refer to the manufacturer’s instructions included with the drug.
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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.