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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
The active ingredients in MILBEMAX are: 1) Milbemycin oxime, which consists of the oxime derivatives of 5-didehydromilbemycins in the ratio of approximately 80% A4 (C32H45NO7, MW 555.71) and 20% A3 (C31H43NO7). 2) Praziquantel, an acylated pyrazino-isoquinoline derivative (C19H24N2O2)
MILBEMAX is available in two strengths for convenient dosing of cats and kittens of various weights. MILBEMAX Flavor-Coated Tablets for Small Cats and Kittens contains 4 mg milbemycin oxime and 10 mg praziquantel per tablet, and MILBEMAX Flavor-Coated Tablets for Cats contains 16 mg milbemycin oxime and 40 mg praziquantel per tablet. Cat Weight MILBEMAX Flavor-Coated Tablets for Small Cats and Kittens 4 mg milbemycin oxime and 10 mg praziquantel per tablet (beige to brown, oblong) MILBEMAX Flavor-Coated Tablets for Cats 16 mg milbemycin oxime and 40 mg praziquantel per tablet (reddish brown, oblong) ? 0.5 - 1 kg 1/2 tablet 1.1 - 2 kg 1 tablet 2.1 - 4 kg 1/2 tablet 4.1 - 8 kg 1 tablet The minimum recommended dose is 2 mg/kg of milbemycin oxime, and 5 mg/kg of praziquantel. Cats weighing over 8 kg should receive the appropriate combination of tablets. MILBEMAX should not be administered to kittens less than 6 weeks of age and/or weighing less than 0.5 kg body weight. Cats weighing over 8 kg should receive the appropriate number of tablets. Ensure animals get the appropriate tablet size and amount for their weight. For heartworm prevention, administer MILBEMAX once per month on the same day. For heartworm prevention, the initial dose must be given within one month after the first indication of mosquito activity and regular dosing should continue until at least one month after the end of the mosquito season. If the interval between doses exceeds 30 days, the efficacy of MILBEMAX may be reduced. If regular monthly treatment is delayed, it is essential to immediately recommence treatment at the recommended dosage rate. If treatment has been delayed beyond two months, the advice of a veterinarian should be sought. For hookworm, roundworm, and tapeworm infections, control will be obtained in conjunction with heartworm prevention, or by separate administration of MILBEMAX. Kittens should be treated at 6, 8, 10 and 12 weeks of age, then monthly up to 6 months. In non-heartworm endemic areas, adult cats should be treated 4 times per year, or as directed by the veterinarian.
Keep out of reach of children. If accidentally swallowed, call a physician.