Virbac milpro for dogs
Milpro 2.5/25 mg for small dogs and puppies 2 tablet
Treatment of mixed infections by adult cestodes (tapeworms) and nematodes (roundworms) in dogs / Milbemycin oxime / Praziquantel
Milpro 2.5 mg/25 mg film-coated tablets for small dogs and puppies
2. QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE COMPOSITION OF Milpro 2.5 mg/25 mg
Each tablet contains:
Milbemycin oxime 2.5 mg
Praziquantel 25 mg
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
3. PHARMACEUTICAL FORM OF Milpro 2.5 mg/25 mg
Oval shaped, beige to pale brown, meat flavoured tablets with a score on both sides.
The tablets can be divided into halves.
4. CLINICAL PARTICULARS OF Milpro 2.5 mg/25 mg
4.1 Target species
Dogs (small dogs and puppies)
4.2 Indications for use, specifying the target species
In dogs: treatment of mixed infections by adult cestodes (tapeworms) and nematodes (roundworms) of the following species:
Thelazia callipaeda (see specific treatment schedules under section 4.9 “Amounts to be administered and administration route”),
Crenosoma vulpis (Reduction of the level of infection),
Angiostrongylus vasorum (Reduction of the level of infection by immature adult (L5) and adult parasite stages; see specific treatment and disease prevention schedules under section “4.9 Amounts to be administered and administration route”).
The product can also be used in the prevention of heartworm disease (Dirofilaria immitis), if concomitant treatment against cestodes is indicated.
Do not use in puppies of less than 2 weeks of age and/or weighing less than 0.5 kg.
Do not use in cases of hypersensitivity to the active substances or to any of the excipients.
See also point “Special precautions for use”.
4.4 Special warnings for each target species
In order to develop an effective worm control programme local epidemiological information and the living conditions of the dog should be taken into account and therefore it is recommended to seek professional advice.
Parasite resistance to any particular class of anthelmintic may develop following frequent, repeated use of an anthelmintic of that class.
4.5 Special precautions for use
Special precautions for use in animals
Studies with milbemycin oxime indicate that the margin of safety in certain dogs of Collie or related breeds is less than in other breeds. In these dogs, the recommended dose should be strictly observed.
The tolerance of the product in young puppies from these breeds has not been investigated.
Clinical signs in Collies are similar to those seen in the general dog population when overdosed (see also section 4.10).
As per good veterinary practice, animals should be weighed to ensure accurate dosing.
Treatment of dogs with a high number of circulating microfilariae can sometimes lead to the appearance of hypersensitivity reactions, such as pale mucous membranes, vomiting, trembling, laboured breathing or excessive salivation. These reactions are associated with the release of proteins from dead or dying microfilariae and are not a direct toxic effect of the product. The use in dogs suffering from microfilaremia is thus not recommended.
In heartworm risk-areas, or in the case it is known that a dog has been travelling to and from heartworm risk regions, before using the product, a veterinary consultation is advised to exclude the presence of any concurrent infestation of Dirofilaria immitis. In the case of a positive diagnosis, adulticidal therapy is indicated before administering the product.
Echinococcosis represents a hazard for humans. In case of Echinococcosis, specific guidelines on the treatment and follow up and on the safeguard of persons have to be followed. Experts or institutes of parasitology should be consulted. If the dog has visited areas where Echinococcus spp. is prevalent a veterinarian should be consulted.
No studies have been performed with severely debilitated dogs or individuals with seriously compromised kidney or liver function. The product is not recommended for such animals or only according to a benefit/risk assessment by the responsible veterinarian.
In dogs less than 4 weeks old, tapeworm infection is unusual. Treatment of animals less than 4 weeks old with a combination product may therefore not be necessary.
Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the veterinary medicinal product to animals
Wash hands after use.
In the event of accidental ingestion of the tablets, particularly by a child, seek medical advice immediately and show the package leaflet or the label to the doctor.
4.6 Adverse reactions (frequency and seriousness)
In very rare occasions, systemic signs (such as lethargy), neurological signs (such as muscle tremors and ataxia) and/or gastrointestinal signs (such as emesis, diarrhoea, anorexia and drooling) may be observed in dogs after administration of the veterinary medicinal product.
4.7 Use during pregnancy, lactation or lay
In a study, this combination of active substances was demonstrated to be well tolerated in breeding bitches, including during pregnancy and lactation. As a specific study with this product has not been performed, use during pregnancy and lactation only according to a benefit/risk assessment by the responsible veterinarian.
4.8 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
The concurrent use of the combination praziquantel/milbemycin oxime with selamectin is well tolerated. No interactions were observed when the recommended dose of the macrocyclic lactone selamectin was administered during treatment with the combination at the recommended dose. In the absence of further studies, caution should be taken in the case of concurrent use of the product and other macrocyclic lactones. Also no such studies have been performed with reproducing animals.
4.9 Amounts to be administered and administration route
Minimum recommended dose rate: 0.5 mg of milbemycin oxime and 5 mg of praziquantel per kg are given once orally.
The product should be administered with or after some food.
The tablets are meat flavoured and easy to administer (usually dogs and puppies will accept them voluntarily even without any food).
The tablets can be divided into halves.
Depending on the bodyweight of the dog, the practical dosing is as follows:
0.5 – 1 kg: 1/2 tablet
> 1 – 5 kg: 1 tablet
> 5 – 10 kg: 2 tablets
In cases when heartworm disease prevention is used and at the same time treatment against tapeworm is required, the product can replace the monovalent product for the prevention of heartworm disease.
For treatment of Angiostrongylus vasorum infections, milbemycin oxime should be given four times at weekly intervals. It is recommended, where concomitant treatment against cestodes is indicated, to treat once with the product and continue with the monovalent product containing milbemycin oxime alone, for the remaining three weekly treatments.
In endemic areas administration of the product every four weeks will prevent angiostrongylosis by reducing immature adult (L5) and adult parasite burden, where concomitant treatment against cestodes is indicated.
For the treatment of Thelazia callipaeda, milbemycin oxime should be given in 2 treatments, seven days apart. Where concomitant treatment against cestodes is indicated, the product can replace the monovalent product containing milbemycin oxime alone.
4.10 Overdose (symptoms, emergency procedures, antidotes), if necessary
No other signs than those observed at the recommended dose have been observed (see section 4.6 “Adverse reactions (frequency and seriousness)”).
4.11 Withdrawal period(s)
5. PHARMACOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF Milpro 2.5 mg/25 mg
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Antiparasitic products, insecticides and repellents; endectocides ; milbemycin, combinations
ATCvet code: QP54AB51 (Milbemycin combinations)
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties
Milbemycin oxime belongs to the group of macrocyclic lactones, isolated from the fermentation of Streptomyces hygroscopicus var. aureolacrimosus. It is active against mites, against larval and adult stages of nematodes as well as against larvae of Dirofilaria immitis. The activity of milbemycin is related to its action on invertebrate neurotransmission: Milbemycin oxime, like avermectins and other milbemycins, increases nematode and insect membrane permeability to chloride ions via glutamate-gated chloride ion channels (related to vertebrate GABAA and glycine receptors). This leads to hyperpolarisation of the neuromuscular membrane and flaccid paralysis and death of the parasite.
Praziquantel is an acylated pyrazino-isoquinoline derivative. Praziquantel is active against cestodes and trematodes. It modifies the permeability for calcium (influx of Ca2+) in the membranes of the parasite inducing an imbalance in the membrane structures, leading to membrane depolarisation and almost instantaneous contraction of the musculature (tetany), rapid vacuolization of the syncytial tegument and subsequent tegumental disintegration (blebbing), resulting in easier expulsion from the gastrointestinal tract or death of the parasite.
5.2 Pharmacokinetic particulars
After oral administration of praziquantel in the dog, peak serum levels of parent are rapidly attained (Tmax approximately 0.5-4 hours) and decline quickly (t1/2 approximately 1.5 hours); there is a substantial hepatic first-pass effect, with very rapid and almost complete hepatic biotransformation, principally to monohydroxylated (also some di- and tri-hydroxylated) derivatives, which are mostly glucuronide and/or sulfate conjugated before excretion. Plasma binding is about 80%. Excretion is fast and complete (about 90% in 2 days); the principal route of elimination is renal.
After oral administration of milbemycin oxime in dogs, peak plasma levels occur at about 2-4 hours, and decline with a half-life of the unmetabolised milbemycin oxime of 1-4 days. Bioavailability is about 80%.
In the rat, metabolism appears to be complete although slow, since unchanged milbemycin oxime has not been found in urine or feces. Main metabolites in the rat are monohydroxylated derivatives, attributable to hepatic biotransformation. In addition to relatively high liver concentrations, there is some concentration in fat, reflecting its lipophilicity
6. PHARMACEUTICAL PARTICULARS OF Milpro 2.5 mg/25 mg
6.1 List of excipients
Silica hydrophobic colloidal
Natural Poultry liver flavour
6.3 Shelf life
Shelf life of the veterinary medicinal product as packaged for sale: 2 years.
Shelf life after first opening the immediate packaging (for half tablets): 6 months.
6.4. Special precautions for storage
This veterinary medicinal product does not require any special temperature storage conditions.
Half tablets should be stored in the original blister and be used for the next administration.
Keep the blister in the outer carton.