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Praziquantel
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Praziquantel (Biltricide ) is an anthelmintic effective against flatworms. Praziquantel is not licensed for use in humans in the UK; it is, however, available as a veterinary anthelmintic, and is available for use in humans on a namedpatient basis.

Praziquantel

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1 Uses 2 History 3 Pharmacokinetics 4 Mode of action 5 Side effects 6 Drug interactions 6.1 Antibiotics 6.2 Antiepileptics 6.3 Antimalarials 6.4 Antacids / histamine H2-antagonists 7 Dosage 8 Brand names 9 References
Systematic (IUPAC) name
( RS )-2-(Cyclohexylcarbonyl)-1,2,3,6,7,11b-hexahydro-4 H-pyrazino[2,1a ]isoquinolin-4-one

Uses
Praziquantel is used to treat diseases in humans, mammals, and fish that are caused by infection with several types of internal/ gastrointestinal, and external parasites including the following: Salmon poisoning disease Hydatid disease caused by infection of various organs with larval stages of tapeworms of the genus Echinococcus Cysticercosis caused by infection of the brain and/ or muscles with the eggs and larvae of the pork tapeworm Taenia solium (though it
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Clinical data Trade names MedlinePlus Pregnancy cat. Legal status Biltricide a608048 Only when clearly needed (lack of sufficient data in humans) U.S.: Rx-only (human use), over-the-counter (veterinary use)[1] (http://www.farnampet.com/press_releases.php? id=100674) Routes Bioavailability oral Pharmacokinetic data relatively small
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has been judged less effective than hepatic Metabolism albendazole in treatment of 0.8 to 1.5 hours (Main Metabolites 4 to 5 hours) Half-life neurocysticercosis)[1] mainly in urine Excretion Feline taeniasis caused in cats by Identifiers gastrointestinal infection with adult tapeworms of the species Taenia 55268-74-1 CAS number taeniaeformis; used either alone or P02BA01 QP52AA01 ATC code in combination with pyrantel pamoate CID 4891 PubChem Toxocariasis in cats and dogs DB01058 DrugBank whose gut is infected with the 4722 ChemSpider roundworms/ nematodes Toxocara 6490C9U457 UNII cati or Toxocara canis respectively; use is often combined D00471 KEGG [2] with pyrantel CHEMBL976 ChEMBL Schistosomiasis caused by Chemical data trematodes of the genus Formula C19H24N2O2 Schistosoma.[3] As of 2005, 312.411 praziquantel is the primary treatment Mol. mass for human schistosomiasis, for which SMILES it is usually effective in a single InChI dose.[4] (what is this?) (verify) Clonorchiasis brought on by the Chinese liver fluke Clonorchis sinensis[5] Paragonimiasis caused by infection with lung flukes, mostly of the species Paragonimus westermani.[citation needed ] Fasciolopsiasis caused by intestinal fluke Fasciolopsis buski[6] Diplozoon paradoxum and other Trematoda infections of many fish species. [7]

History
Praziquantel was developed in the laboratories for parasitological research of Bayer AG and Merck KGaA in Germany (Elberfeld and Darmstadt) in the mid 1970s. The World Health Organization includes it on its Model List of Essential Medicines.

Pharmacokinetics
Praziquantel is well absorbed (approximately 80%) from the gastrointestinal tract. However, due to extensive first-pass metabolism, only a relatively small amount enters systemic circulation. Praziquantel has a serum halflife of 0.8 to 1.5 hours in adults with normal renal and liver function. Metabolites have a half-life of 4 to 5 hours. In patients with significantly impaired liver function (Child Pugh classes B ll///d C), the serum half-life is increased to 3 to 8 hours. Praziquantel and its metabolites are mainly excreted renally; within 24 hours after a single oral dose, 70 to 80% is found in urine, but less than 0.1% as the unchanged drug. Praziquantel is metabolized through the cytochrome P450 pathway via CYP3A4. Agents that induce or inhibit CYP3A4 such as phenytoin, rifampin, and azole antifungals will affect the metabolism of praziquantel.

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Praziquantel has a particularly dramatic effect on patients with schistosomiasis. Studies of those treated have shown that within six months of receiving a dose of praziquantel, up to 90% of the damage done to internal organs due to schistosomiasis infection can be reversed.[4]

Mode of action
Although the mode of action is not exactly known at present, there is experimental evidence that praziquantel increases the permeability of the membranes of schistosome cells towards calcium ions. The drug thereby induces contraction of the parasites, resulting in paralysis in the contracted state. The dying parasites are dislodged from their site of action in the host organism and may enter systemic circulation or may be destroyed by host immune reaction (phagocytosis). Additional mechanisms including focal disintegrations and disturbances of oviposition (laying of eggs) are seen in other types of sensitive parasites. Another hypothesis concerning the mechanism of action of praziquantel has been recently reported. The drug seems to interfere with adenosine uptake in cultured worms. This effect may have therapeutical relevance given that the schistosome, as the taenia and the echinococcus (other praziquantel sensitive parasites), is unable to synthesize purines such as adenosine de novo. Bayer's Animal Health Division website states, "Praziquantel is active against cestodes (tapeworms). Praziquantel is absorbed, metabolized in the liver and excreted in the bile. Upon entering the digestive tract from the bile, cestocidal activity is exhibited. Following exposure to praziquantel, the tapeworm loses its ability to resist digestion by the mammalian host. Because of this, whole tapeworms, including the scolices (plural of "scolex"), are very rarely passed after administration of praziquantel. In many instances only disintegrated and partially digested pieces of tapeworms will be seen in the stool. The majority of tapeworms are digested and are not found in the feces."[8] Praziquantel is administered as a racemate, but only the (R)-enantiomer is biologically active; the enantiomers may be separated using a resolution of an amine obtained from praziquantel.[9]

Side effects
The majority of side effects develop due to the release of the contents of the parasites as they are killed and the consequent host immune reaction. The heavier the parasite burden, the heavier and more frequent the side effects normally are. Central nervous system: Frequently occurring side effects are dizziness, headache, and malaise. Drowsiness, somnolence, fatigue, and vertigo have also been seen. Almost all patients with cerebral cysticercosis experience CNS side effects related to the cell-death of the parasites (headache, worsening of pre-existing neurological problems, seizures, arachnoiditis, and meningism). These side effects may be life-threatening and can be reduced by coadministration of corticosteroids. It is strongly recommended that all patients with cerebral cysticercosis are hospitalized during treatment. GI Tract: Approximately 90% of all patients have abdominal pain or cramps with or without nausea and vomiting. Diarrhea may develop and may be severe with colic. Sweating, fever, and sometimes bloody stools may occur together with diarrhea. Liver: Asymptomatic and transient increases of liver enzymes (AST and ALT) are noted frequently (up to 27%). No case of symptomatic liver damage has ever been seen so far. Sensitivity reactions: Urticaria, rash, pruritus and eosinophilia in white blood cell counts Other locations/body as a whole: Lower back pain, myalgia, arthralgia, fever, sweating, various cardiac arrhythmias, and hypotension
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Drug interactions
Antibiotics
A study found that the antibiotic rifampicin decreases plasma concentrations of praziquantel.[10]

Antiepileptics
Carbamazepine and phenytoin are reported to reduce the bioavailability of praziquantel.[11]

Antimalarials
Chloroquine reduces the bioavailability of praziquantel.[12]

Antacids / histamine H2-antagonists


At least 2 studies indicate the drug cimetidine heightens praziquantel bioavailability.[13][14]

Dosage
For schistosomiasis, the dose is 20 milligrams/kilogram by mouth every 46 hours for one day. For tapeworms, the dose is 525 mg/kg by mouth once. For liver fluke, the dose is 25 mg/kg by mouth every 46 hours for one day. These dosages are for patients over 4 years old, and are to be taken with food or a few minutes before a meal.

Brand names
Biltricide (Bayer) 600 mg Tablets (for human use) Cesol (Merck) Tablets Cestoved (Vedco) both tablets and injectable for veterinary use Cysticide (Merck) Tablets Distoside (Chandra Bhagat Pharma Pvt Ltd) 600mg tablet (for human use) Droncit (Bayer) for veterinary use Drontal (combination with pyrantel pamoate) (Bayer) for veterinary use D-Worm (Farnum) for veterinary use; note that D-Worm also makes roundworm medicine containing piperidine which is not effective against tapeworms. Fish Tapes (Thomas Labs) for aquarium use Kaicide (Taiwan) Milbemax (combination with milbemycin oxime) (Novartis) for veterinary use Popantel (Jurox) PraziPro (Hikari) for aquarium use Profender (combination with emodepside) (Bayer) for veterinary use Tape Worm Tabs (Trade Winds) for veterinary use Zentozide (Berich (Thailand) Co)

References
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