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Fipronil (EasySpot®) Topical Flea Treatment for Cats

Fipronil (EasySpot®) Topical Flea Treatment for Cats

Overview of Using EasySpot for Cats

  • EasySpot® is the brand name for the generic agent Fipronil.
  • Fipronil is a phenylpyrazole antiparasitic agent primarily used to kill adult fleas and ticks. Fipronil is commonly marketed under the name brand Frontline®. EasySpot is the same product as Frontline but produced by a different manufacturer. The efficacy and safety of Fipronil has been established since the mid 1990’s.
  • EasySpot works by interfering with the brain and spinal cord of suseptible insects, resulting in death.
    EasySpot is a topical solution that collects in the oils of the skin and in the hair follicles. It is not absorbed into the body and does not circulate through the blood stream. Through the process of translocation, it is spread over the body in about 24 hours.
  • The effects of EasySpot® lasts about 30 days and remains effective after bathing though shampooing should be avoided within 48 hours of application. EasySpot® begins killing ticks in as little as 5 minutes.
  • EasySpot® is a non-prescription flea and tick products and can be obtained without a veterinary prescription.

Brand Names and Other Names

  • This drug is registered for use in animals only.
  • Human formulations: None
  • Veterinary formulations: EasySpot ® (Novartis), Parastar (for dogs) Novartis
  • Other Veterinary formulation of Fipronil include: Frontline Top Spot (Merial) and Frontline Spray Treatment (Merial), Fipronil is an ingredient in Frontline Plus where it is dispensed in a product that contains 9.8% fipronil and 8.8% methoprene.

Uses of EasySpot® for Cats

  • EasySpot® is used in the control and treatment of adult flea and tick infestations in cats… For more information on flea infestations, please see Flea Infestation in Cats.
  • Specifically, EasySpot® kills fleas, deer ticks, brown dog ticks, American dog ticks, lone star ticks, and chewing lice in cats and kitten.

Precautions and Side Effects with EasySpot®

  • While generally safe and effective when prescribed by a veterinarian, EasySpot® can cause side effects in some animals.
  • EasySpot® should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug.
  • EasySpot® is not recommended for use in kittens less than 4 pounds or under 8 weeks of age.
  • EasySpot® may interact with other medications. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if other drugs your pet is receiving could interact with EasySpot®.
  • EasySpot® is a topical agent and temporary irritation at the site of application is possible.
  • Spotted areas may appear wet or oily for up to 24 hours.
  • Overdose is rare and no adverse effects have been reported even up to 5 times the dose.

How EasySpot® is Supplied

  • EasySpot® is available in a topical solution available in one size to treat cats and kittens over 8 weeks of age and over 4 pounds of body weight.
  • Store EasySpot in a clean dry place < 77 degrees Fahrenheit until ready for application. Protect from sunlight and do not store in the refrigerator.

Dosing Information on EasySpot® in Cats

  • Medication should never be administered without first consulting your veterinarian.
  • EasySpot® is supplied in one size 0.50 ml applicator (0.017oz) for cats over 4 pounds and 8 weeks of age. One pipette is applied topically every 30 days.
  • The duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and the development of any adverse effects. Be certain to complete the prescription unless specifically directed by your veterinarian. Even if your pet feels better, the entire treatment plan should be completed to prevent relapse or prevent the development of resistance.