Best Kidney Health Supplements for Cats: Amnivirine and Epakitin For Cats
Amnivirine (Epiprem) is a synthetic drug used to treat toxoplasmosis in humans. It is also known as “Toxoid” or “The Toxin”. Its active ingredient is called ampicillin. It was developed by Merck & Co., Inc.
of Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA. It is available only under special prescription from veterinarians.
It is a white crystalline powder which can be taken orally or injected into the animal’s body. It works by inhibiting the parasite’s ability to reproduce in your cat’s blood stream. It helps prevent secondary infections such as heartworm disease, liver cancer, and other diseases associated with parasites.
In addition to its use against toxoplasmosis, it may also be useful for treating other parasitic diseases in cats including roundworms, hookworms, whip worms, tapeworms and even giardia.
Its side effects include nausea and vomiting when taken intravenously. They are not common but they do occur. Other possible side effects include diarrhea, headache and dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms in your cat after giving it amnivirine, consult your veterinarian.
Amnivirine is not to be taken during pregnancy or if your cat has an allergy to ampicillin or other similar antibiotics. Its safety in breeding, pregnancy and lactation cats has not been established. Keep out of reach of children.
Due to its antibiotic nature, it may be recommended that your cat undergo a “treatment” for heartworm disease before taking amnivirine.
Epakitin (Liver Pills) is a synthetic drug used to treat cat’s liver disease. It comes in tablet form and can be mixed into your cat’s food. It is believed that the active ingredient, S-Adenosylmethionine or SAMe, may be used to treat liver disease in humans as well.
This drug is available from most veterinarian clinics. It will probably be prescribed in addition to other drugs used to treat liver disease in your cat.
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