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Milbemycin Oxime (MilbeMite)

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Overview

  • Parasitic infections are common in animals. They include external parasites (fleas, ticks, ear mites) and internal parasites (intestinal worms, lungworms and heartworms).
  • Milbemycin oxime is an anti-parasite drug effective in controlling or preventing several of the most common parasitic diseases. It is commonly used to prevent heartworms and to control diseases caused by roundworms, hookworms, certain whipworms and other mites.
  • Milbemycin has been found to be a highly effective and safe medication to treat ear mite infections in cats. It kills 99 to 100 percent of ear mites within 30 days, often within one week.
  • Milbemycin acts by disrupting nerve transmissions within the parasite, killing it quickly.
  • Milbemycin is a prescription drug and can only be obtained from a veterinarian or by prescription from a veterinarian.

    Brand Names and Other Names

  • This drug is registered for use in cats only.
  • Human formulations: None
  • Veterinary formulations: MilbeMite Otic® (Novartis Animal Health)

    Uses of Milbemycin

  • Milbemycin is used to control ear mite (Otodectes cynotis) infections in cats.

    Precautions and Side Effects

  • While generally safe and effective when prescribed by a veterinarian, milbemycin can cause side effects in some animals.
  • Milbemycin should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug. It should also be avoided in animals that are pregnant or nursing.
  • Milbemycin should not be used to treat ear mite infections in kittens under 4 weeks of age.
  • No adverse effects have been reported to date.

    How Milbemycin Is Supplied

  • Milbemycin otic solution is available in a 0.1 percent solution in individual dispensing tubes. Each tube contains 0.25 mls of solution.

    Dosing Information

  • Medication should never be administered without first consulting your veterinarian.
  • For the treatment of ear mites, milbemycin is administered topically in the external ear canal. The entire contents of the tube are administered. If necessary, the dose can be repeated one time.
  • The duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and the development of any adverse effects.




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