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Albon Tablets

Albon Tablets by Pfizer/Zoetis

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What is Albon?
Albon is a prescription antibiotic drug. It is used for the treatment of certain bacterial infections as well as treatment of coccidiosis, a protozoal infection of the intestinal tract.

Who is it for?
Albon is labeled for use in cats and dogs, and may be prescribed for other species.

What are the benefits?

  • Prescription antibiotic used to treat susceptible bacterial infections
  • Also used to treat coccidiosis, a protozoal intestinal infection
  • Available in multiple dosage forms for easy administration

Albon is prescribed as a general antiprotozoal for the treatment of coccidiosis, a protozoal infection of the intestinal tract. Albon is also prescribed for the treatment of a wide range of susceptible bacterial infections. Liquid is a palatable custard flavor, and tablets are available in a variety of strengths.

How does Albon work?
This medication works by inhibiting the production of folic acid in bacteria. Without folic acid, bacteria and coccidia cannot make essential proteins and eventually die.

Is there a generic equivalent available?
No

How is it given?
Albon tablets and oral suspension are given by mouth, and may be given with food. Encourage your pet to drink water when taking Albon to prevent crystals from forming in the urine.

Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. Use all of the medication prescribed, even if your pet appears well. If the entire course of treatment is not given, the infection may recur or worsen.

What results can I expect?
Albon is absorbed well from the digestive system and is distributed to many body tissues, making it effective against infections in multiple organs. It is active against many different types of bacteria. It is usually given once a day for a number of days. If doses are missed or the entire treatment regimen is not completed, the infection could recur or worsen. Consult your veterinarian if the animal's condition does not improve or worsens after beginning treatment with Albon.

What form(s) does it come in?
Tablets and Oral Suspension
 

Sulfadimethoxine
(Albon)

Common Drug Name
Sulfadimethoxine

Common Brand Names
Albon
No generic products are available

Storage
Store at room temperature in a tight, light resistant, childproof container.

Uses
Sulfadimethoxine is approved for use in veterinary medicine to treat susceptible bacterial infections in multiple species. It is an accepted practice to use sulfadimethoxine in many species of animals with coccidial infections.

Dose and Administration
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
Administration regimens depend on the species, and duration of therapy depends on response to treatment and reason for use.
Give by mouth. It may be given with food.
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give 2 doses at once. 
This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.

Possible Side Effects
It is common to find sulfa crystals in the animal's urine during a urinalysis (a test on the urine), which is not a problem in animals that remain well hydrated.
Less commonly keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS, dry eye) has been observed in dogs with long-term use of sulfadimethoxine. Stop giving the medication and consult your veterinarian if your pet experiences discharge from the eye, redness of the eye, squinting, or other signs related to the eye.
Other less common side effects include anemia resulting in pale gums and tiredness; low platelets resulting in bleeding tendencies; fever; loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea; joint inflammation (arthritis) resulting in lameness; kidney damage resulting in increased thirst and urination; and skin rashes with possible sensitivity to sunlight. Stop giving the medication and consult your veterinarian if your pet experiences any of the above signs.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Precautions
Not for use in animals who are hypersensitive (allergic) to it or other sulfa drugs.
Not for use in pregnant or lactating animals (female animals nursing their young).
Not for use in animals with dehydration; bladder or kidney stones; or liver or kidney disease.
In long-term therapy, your veterinarian may request periodic exams to monitor tear production.
The pet should be encouraged to drink water to prevent crystals from forming in the urine.
Consult with your veterinarian regarding the physical examinations and laboratory testing necessary prior to and during treatment with sulfadimethoxine.

Drug, Food, and Test Interactions
Consult your veterinarian before using sulfadimethoxine with other medications, including vitamins and supplements, methotrexate, warfarin, phenylbutazone, thiazide diuretics, salicylates (aspirin), probenecid, phenytoin, and antacids since interactions may occur.
No known food interactions.

Signs of Toxicity/Overdose
This is considered to be a very safe medication in this form, and toxicity rarely occurs. Signs of toxicity or overdose are similar to the side effects listed above, and may also include behavior changes. If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe any of these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets

This information may not cover all possible uses, directions, side effects, precautions, allergic reactions, drug interactions, or withdrawal times. Always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.
 

 

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