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What is Ivermectin-Pyrantel - Generic to Heartgard Plus?

Ivermectin/Pyrantel for dogs is a heartworm preventative that also controls roundworms and hookworms. Ivermectin/Pyrantel is a generic equivalent to Heartgard Plus, and requires a prescription from your veterinarian. It has the same active ingredients and is the same strength. Ivermectin/Pyrantel is considered to be the #1 generic heartworm preventative recommended by veterinarians.

For:

Dogs (6 weeks of age or older and no weight requirement)

Benefits:
  • Tasty flavored chewable tablets
  • Easy to administer
  • Small, easy-to-chew tablet for smaller or finicky dogs
  • Given once a month
How it Works:

Ivermectin/Pyrantel is an anthelmintic (dewormer). The ingredient pyrantel pamoate is used to treat and control roundworms and hookworms in dogs.

Studies have indicated that certain dogs of the herding breeds are more sensitive to the effects of ivermectin administered at elevated dose levels due to the MDR1 gene. Dog breeds that may be affected include Australian Shepherd, Australian Shepherd Mini, Border Collie, Collie and English Shepherd.

Cautions:

Can cause sensitivities in herding dog breeds. Side effects of Ivermectin/Pyrantel are rare, but may include lethargy, limpness, salivation, shaking, diarrhea, decreased appetite, licking lips, and belching. Don't give your pet Ivermectin/Pyrantel if already giving a different heartworm medication. The safe use of this drug has not been evaluated in pregnant or lactating bitches.

Brand Name:

Iverhart Plus (Virbac), Tri-Heart Plus (Merck)

Generic Name:

Ivermectin/Pyrantel

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Ivermectin/Pyrantel to my pet:

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to the medication.

What is the most important information I should know about Ivermectin/Pyrantel:

Ivermectin/Pyrantel is a prescription medication available as flavored chewable tablets. The usual dose of Ivermectin/Pyrantel in dogs up to 25 pounds is 68mcg/57mg (Blue box), for dogs 26-50 pounds is 136mcg/114mg (Green box) and for dogs 51-100 lbs 272mcg/227mg (Brown box). Dogs over 100 lbs are given a combination of tablets.

How should this medication be given:

Give Ivermectin/Pyrantel exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Use with caution, Collies and other herding dog breeds have been known to have adverse reactions to ivermectin administered at elevated dose levels. Heartworm testing should be performed prior to the start of prevention therapy. If your pet is off Ivermectin/Pyrantel for 6 months or less, start the medication and test after 6 months since microfilaria, that take 6 months to mature, will result in a positive test result. Store Ivermectin/Pyrantel at room temperature. Do not remove the tablet from its wrapper until ready to give to your pet. Keep this medication away from children and pets. The safe use of this drug has not been evaluated in pregnant or lactating bitches.

What happens if I miss giving a dose:

Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What should I avoid while giving Ivermectin/Pyrantel to my pet:

Because humans can contract hookworms from animals, it is important to maintain good personal hygiene. It is also important to eliminate fleas on your pet and in the household and to not feed your pet rodents. To prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.

What are the possible side effects of Ivermectin/Pyrantel:

Side effects of Ivermectin/Pyrantel are rare at the recommended heartworm prevention dose. Higher doses in dogs may cause tremors, dilated pupils, loss of body weight, or death.

What other drugs will affect Ivermectin/Pyrantel:

Do not give Ivermectin/Pyrantel if your pet is already being given another heartworm medication.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Give Ivermectin/Pyrantel Flavored Chewables once a month on the same day of each month year-round.
  • Ivermectin/Pyrantel Flavored Chewables can be given by hand, mixed intact with a small amount of food, or placed in the back of your dog's mouth for forced swallowing.
  • Watch your dog closely following dosing to be sure the entire dose has been swallowed. If it is not completely swallowed, give one more full recommended dose as soon as possible.
Tip:

Do not remove the chewable from its wrapper until ready to give to your pet.

Dosage:
Dogs/Puppies: (6 weeks of age and older)
Weight
Dosage
Up to 25 lbs
Give 1 chewable every month (Blue Box)
26-50 lbs
Give 1 chewable every month (Green Box)
51-100 lbs
Give 1 chewable every month (Brown Box)
Over 100 lbs
Give combination of chewables based on weight
Cats:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Should be stored at room temperature.

Ingredients
Ivermectin/Pyrantel - Blue Box (Dogs up to 25 lbs):
Active Ingredients (per chewable tablet)
Amount
Ivermectin
68 mcg
Pyrantel
57 mg
Ivermectin/Pyrantel - Green Box (Dogs 26-50 lbs):
Active Ingredients (per chewable tablet)
Amount
Ivermectin
136 mcg
Pyrantel
114 mg
Ivermectin/Pyrantel - Brown Box (Dogs 51-100 lbs):
Active Ingredients (per chewable tablet)
Amount
Ivermectin
272 mcg
Pyrantel
227 mg
Customer Reviews
Ivermectin-Pyrantel - Generic to Heartgard Plus is rated 4.366357069143447 out of 5 by 969.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does The Job I have been purchasing this medication for 3 years. These pills are on the larger size, and I don't want these getting stuck in my dogs throat so I cut it in 4 pieces with a pill cutter. I give it to them in peanut butter. My dogs have had no adverse reactions, and the dogs do not fight me to take the medication. They don't mind it at all. The pills come with stickers to keep track on your own calendar when you gave them their last dose. The box also has it's own monthly calendar where you can write down the date it was given to them last. This brand does the trick for my dogs, and it is just as good as the name brand. We are satisfied.
Date published: 2016-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Affordable alternative We purchased this medication for our 13 year old, 8 lb Yorkie. He ate it quickly without any problems and I didn't even have to disguise it in anything. He didn't display any reactions or side effects. About a week later he did develop an allergic reaction to something, but the vet side it was external and not the medication. We plan to give him the second dose next month and hopefully we have the same experience. I would recommend the product, pet medications can be so expensive and it's nice to have an affordable alternative for those of us with budget. Oh and the experience was quick and easy, pet meds called my vet to confirm prescription and shipped out the item within days.
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Great product perfect for my toy Min Pin
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Abby is my 96#German shepherd that had to be treated for heartworm. She's done excellent on this product and eats the chewable fine. Great product for the money.
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! This is a great product at a nice price!
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from My Dog Won't Go Near It Zero similarities with Heartgard, which my dog loves. This generic is a large "chewable" tablet. But it is a hard tablet, not "chewy" like Heartgard. My dog licked it a few times, but clearly did not like the taste. Also has a pungent smell. 1-800-PetMeds was kind enough to give me a refund, and I ordered Heartgard.
Date published: 2016-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheap and my dog takes them without a fight! I have been using this for probably about a year and have had no problems. I do have a husky mix so she doesn't have a problem chewing it. Though I do suggest something else if you have a small dog. Overall really happy with it for mine though.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ivermectin This pill is HUGE !!!! I wouldn't be able to swallow this pill myself much less my little Yorkie !!!! Very disappointed in it, and yes, I break it into 4 pieces to get her to take it. It also makes her sick. It's too bad that what I was ordering from PetMeds quit selling it.
Date published: 2016-08-25
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Q&A

My dog is 4 years old should I still give him heart worm meds?

Asked by: amarie
It is applicable at any age after 6 weeks old. It is best to continue medication though to prevent worms.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-12

Is this safe for border collies

Asked by: Ktpj1989
It has been shown that certain dogs such as Border Collies could be sensitive to the effects of ivermectin. Talk to your veterinarian about that possibility before using this medication.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-04

Do I need a RX for heartworm meds

Asked by: tiara
Yes a prescription is needed for heartworm medication.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-04

Do I need a vets prescription for this product?

Asked by: Ana K
Yes a prescription is required for Ivermectin-Pyrantel.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-03

Do I have to have a perscription????

Asked by: Marleen
Yes a prescription is needed.
Answered by: paulpharmacistintern
Date published: 2016-08-03

Where is this manufactured?  Where is it shipped from?

Asked by: Twiggy Z
This product is manufactured in U.S.A. and ships from Florida.
Answered by: Cherley Petmeds Pro
Date published: 2016-06-14

Do u have to have a prescription from a vet to order off this site

Asked by: jswift82
Prescriptions are required for any heartworm prevention, we highly encourage you to establish a new Vet, Client, Patient Relationship to ensure your pets health.
Answered by: Pharmacy Manager
Date published: 2016-04-17

What if my vet is no longer in business that's why I'm looking for a place to buy

Asked by: jswift82
This would be a great time to look for a new Veterinarian that will look after your pet's health. Before giving your pet Heartworm prevention they need to perform an updated Heartworm test to be certain your pet does not have heartworms. In the event the prevention is given to your pet and they are heartworm positive it can become extremely harmful to your pet without the proper medical supervision.
Answered by: Pharmacy Manager
Date published: 2016-04-16
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