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What is Cestex?

Cestex (epsiprantel) is an oral medication used to treat tapeworm infections in dogs and cats. Cestex requires a prescription, and is sold per tablet.

For:

Cats (over 7 weeks of age) Dogs (over 7 weeks of age)

Benefits:
  • Successfully removes tapeworms in cats and dogs
  • Given as a single one-time dose
  • Side effects are rare, and there are no known drug interactions
How it Works:

Cestex is an anthelminthic (dewormer). It paralyzes the tapeworm which causes it to lose its grip on your pet's intestinal wall. The tapeworm is then digested with no sign of the parasite seen in the stool after treatment.

Cautions:

In very rare instances, vomiting or diarrhea may occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.

Brand Name:

Cestex (Pfizer Animal Health)

Generic Name:

Epsiprantel (ep-see-pran'-tell)

What is Cestex:

Cestex is an anthelminthic (dewormer) used to treat tapeworm infections in dogs and cats.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Cestex to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet is taking any other medications to treat worms. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

What is the most important information I should know about Cestex:

Cestex is a prescription medication FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs and cats. Cestex is available as tablets. The usual dose for dogs is 2.55mg/pound given as a single dose. The usual dose for cats is 1.25mg/pound given as a single dose. Fasting is not required nor is it recommended.

How should this medication be given:

Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Cestex should be given as a single dose. Cestex can be given with or without food. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Store Cestex at room temperature. Keep this medication away from children and pets.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Cestex is given as a single dose one time.

What should I avoid while giving Cestex to my pet:

Do not give Cestex to kittens and puppies less than 7 weeks of age. Because humans can contract tapeworm from pets it is important to maintain good personal hygiene. It is also important to eliminate fleas on the pet and in the household and to not feed the pet rodents or uncooked meat or fish. To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.

What are the possible side effects of Cestex:

No side effects were observed during clinical field trials. In very rare instances, vomiting or diarrhea may occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Cestex:

There are no known drug interactions.

Where can I get more information:

Your pharmacist has additional information about Cestex written for health professionals that you may read.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Cestex is an oral dewormer (anthelmintic) medication available by prescription used to treat tapeworm infections in dogs and cats.
  • Because humans can contract tapeworm from pets it is important to clean up after your pet and to wash your hands thoroughly. It is also important to eliminate fleas on the pet and in the household and to not feed your pet rodents or uncooked meat or fish.
Tip:

Cestex can be given with or without food, and fasting is not necessary or recommended.

Dosage:
Dogs/Puppies: (7 weeks of age or older)
Weight
Dosage
Up to 5 lbs
Give 12.5mg as a single dose
6-10 lbs
Give 25mg as a single dose
11-20 lbs
Give 50mg as a single dose
21-40 lbs
Give 100mg as a single dose
41-50 lbs
Give 125mg as a single dose
51-60 lbs
Give 150mg as a single dose
61-80 lbs
Give 200mg as a single dose
81-90 lbs
Give 225mg as a single dose
91-100 lbs
Give 250mg as a single dose
Over 100 lbs
Give 2.5mg per pound of pet's body weight rounding up to the next whole tablet combination
Cats/Kittens: (7 weeks of age or older)
Weight
Dosage
Up to 10 lbs
Give 12.5mg as a single dose
11-20 lbs
Give 25mg as a single dose
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this product at room temperature.

Ingredients
Cestex:
Ingredient (per tablet)
Strength
Epsiprantel
12.5 mg
Other Ingredients: Film coating, lactose
Customer Reviews
Cestex is rated 4.125 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Treats Tapeworm Effectively! I got these prescribed by my cat's vet after discovering a bad tapeworm infection during her comprehensive exam. I was given two doses-- one to give to her the next day with food, and one to give two weeks from that day with food. All I had to do was put it in some canned tuna and she ate it all with no problem. After the first dose, I didn't see any tapeworm segments around her backside or in her stool, and there were no more "sesame seeds," or tapeworm eggs, on the blanket she sleeps on. I don't think the second dose was even necessary, but my vet requested I give it to her as a preventive measure. She is also using Revolution for flea and heartworm prevention and has been doing very well. Glad I could treat this problem!
Date published: 2014-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 2 cats several doses I have tried no other worm pill but Cestex for tapeworms for 2 cats and have tried it several times. It initially works but then the worms come back. I know that these kind of worms (flea larvae) are caused by cats picking fleas off and digesting them. I do give my cats their monthly flea medicine. One takes Advantage Multi Pro and the other we changed to Revolution due to her stomach issues with Advantage. However, both of them have worms again. It's an endless fight.
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WORKS! The last time I got this pill from the vet and it was very expensive. I was pleased to find it here on pet meds! The tape worm is gone and Hazel is great! Thank you 1800 pet meds!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cestex better than Drontil I love Cestex because it is so tiny. I can easily hide it in a Pill Pocket or a chunk of fresh chicken and my cat will eat it as if it is a treat and not even know it is in there. I've had good luck with it working the first time on my cats. One pill is all I need. And from what I've read it is a relatively safe drug. Drontil is about the size of an adult round aspirin and the thought of some vet cramming that down my pet's throat just makes me ill. I do not understand why people do this to their animals when they could easily give them something tiny and hide it in their food. As long as the animal will take it this way, it is a much, much better option than Drontil for me.
Date published: 2011-02-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not work at all I gave this to both my cats and it did not work at all they still have worms after two doses...Very disappointed.
Date published: 2011-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cestex Meds I took my 9 week old puppy to the animal clinic yesterday for puppy shots and possible tapeworm. We brought our sample of stool and they told me thats what she had, in my opinion it worked well I have not seen any traces of the tape worms and her stool has been a little loose and as far as her taste for it the vet assistant put it into her mouth and held it closed for a few seconds and rubbed her throat and she swallowed it. But they sent me home with a second pill to give her in two to three weeks and the mg was 50..
Date published: 2009-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gone within 24 hours We were given Cestex by our vet, and within 24 hours the tapeworms that my dog had were completely gone. It did give him a little bit of diaheria but only in place of his normal nightly poo. The next morning everything was fine, and no more worms! Our vet gave us just one 50mg tablet (it is gray coloured, and not orange). He is only a small dog- 15lbs- and so I would say a lot more than the 12.5mg tablet would be needed for a bigger dog.
Date published: 2008-10-03
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Q&A

Medication is working

How long will it take before the tape worms are dead and gone from the cat
Asked by: gyzzmo
The cat will excrete the tapeworm within a day. However, tapeworms are caused by cats ingesting fleas, the ingested flea becomes larvae/worm. Flea medicine will keep them from having them for a while but before the next dose, they'll have some fleas again, hence more worms. It's an endless cycle it seems!! I would love to know if you found something that works better. venisblue at g mail
Answered by: brandi
Date published: 2014-09-29

How long does Cestex remain potent, (shelf life)?

Asked by: Jeff
The medication is good for 1 year unless the medication expires sooner according to the manufacturer.
Answered by: Cheryl-Pharmacist
Date published: 2013-09-04

Can I give cestex to pregnant cat

Asked by: Michelle
No
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2013-05-09

Would it hurt to give your pet 2 tablets or would it cause an overdose?

I have had to use this on my pet before...the vet gave her a 25mg. Would I have to give my pet 2 of these tablets or would that cause an overdose? Does 1 tablet work just as good?
Asked by: Misty
Cestex is dosed based on the weight of your pet. If the veterinarian told you to give 25 mg you would need to give two of the 12.5 mg tablets.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2011-06-17

does cestex come in 50mg?

Asked by: susan
Yes. Cestex is commercially available as 50 mg tablets. However, we only carry the 12.5 mg strength.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2011-05-26

my cat has horrible gas everytime she is picked up..any ideas? she is 10 months old

Asked by: need nose plugs
It's hard to tell. Her gas could be due to diet or it could be due to some other issue. You can try Fast Balance-G.I. This may help by restoring the intestinal flora.
Answered by: Gary, Dir. of Pharmacy Services
Date published: 2011-03-31

Do I epeat this every three months?

Asked by: thomas
i have a nursein cat can i give her the cestex meds
Answered by: cj
Date published: 2012-04-22

If I am only supposed to give my 15lb cat 2 pills (25mg), why do I need to buy ten pills?

Asked by: Caitlyn
on-line info for CESTEX says 1.5 mg per pound of body weight for cats. So you need 1.5 x 15 = 22.5 mg of drug. I have no idea why you need 10 pills, other than maybe minimum quantity you can buy. Remember I am NOT a vet.
Answered by: Tony
Date published: 2011-01-09
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