Fenbendazole for Parasites
Fenbendazole is an anthelmintic medication that is used in veterinary medicine for the treatment and removal of various types of gastrointestinal parasites. While this medication is available over-the-counter under the trade names Panacur® and Safe-Guard®, it should not be administered to an animal unless under the guidance of a veterinarian.
Treating Parasites With Fenbendazole
Veterinarians prescribe Fenbendazole for the treatment of various types of parasites, predominantly those found in the stomach and intestines of animals, although it is also effective against certain parasites known to reside in the bronchial tree or the lungs.
This drug is most commonly prescribed to treat animals suffering from infestations of roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms, strongyles, and strongyloides. It has also been shown to be effective against giardia and flukes.
Possible Side Effects of Fenbendazole
In the majority of cases, Fenbendazole produces very little, if any side effects. Occasionally, the animal patient may vomit after taking this medication or experience slight diarrhea. Since the body is expelling parasites, it is common to see dead worms in the animal’s stool.
Fenbendazole should not be prescribed to an animal patient with a known allergy to the drug. It is also very important to discuss the animal’s current drug regimen with the veterinarian in order to prevent the risk of a potential drug interaction, although Fenbendazole has no currently known drug contraindications.
How Is Fenbendazole Administered?
Fenbendazole is available in either an oral suspension or a powder formulation. It is available for purchase under the brand name or in generic form through a veterinary compounding pharmacy. When obtained through a veterinary pharmacy, the medication can be customized according to the exact veterinary recommendations for each patient. Flavoring can also be added to make the medication more palatable to the animal.
When administering Fenbendazole to the animal, it is important to follow the prescription as closely as possible. The course of treatment must also be completed in order to prevent a relapse.
Author: Giano Panzarella