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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.


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Brand Name
Cestex (Pfizer Animal Health)
Generic Name
Epsiprantel (ep-see-praní-tell)

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.

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.

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 happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of Cestex overdose are not known.

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.

 

 

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 the petrodents or uncooked meat or fish.

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

Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs/Puppies: (7 weeks of age or older)

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) Up to 10 lbs
Give 12.5mg as a single dose
  11-20 lbs Give 25mg as a single dose
Horses:
Storage: Store this product at room temperature.

Cestex:

Ingredient (per tablet) Strength
Epsiprantel 12.5 mg
Other Ingredients:
Film coating, lactose
Cestex 4 5 6 7
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. 09/28/2014
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! 07/16/2012
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. 02/26/2011
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. 01/13/2011
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.. 08/15/2009
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1 year, 1 month ago
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The medication is good for 1 year unless the medication expires sooner according to the manufacturer.
1 year, 1 month ago
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Medication is working

How long will it take before the tape worms are dead and gone from the cat
1 year, 3 months ago
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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
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One dose is used to treat tapeworms with Cestex, normally working within 24 hours. It paralyzes the tapeworm causing it to lose its grip on the intestinal wall and is then digested with no sign of the parasite seen in the stool after treatment.
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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?
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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.
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3 years, 4 months ago
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Yes. Cestex is commercially available as 50 mg tablets. However, we only carry the 12.5 mg strength.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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