Capstar for Dogs & Cats
Capstar is an orally administered tablet that provides fast flea relief from flea infestations on dogs and cats.
How to administer Capstar to your pet:To give CAPSTAR Tablets, place the pill directly in your pet’s mouth or hide it in food. If you hide the pill in food, watch closely to make sure your pet swallows the pill. If you are not sure that your pet swallowed the pill, it is safe to give a second pill.Treat all infested pets in the household. Fleas can reproduce on untreated pets and allow infestations to persist.
How does Capstar work?:CAPSTAR Tablets contain nitenpyram and are effective for the treatment of flea infestations. Nitenpyram starts killing adult fleas within 30 minutes of administration.
Dosage:CAPSTAR Tablets should be administered according to the following schedule. Weigh your pet prior to administration to ensure proper dosage. Do not administer to pets under 2 pounds.
Species Body Weight Dose Nitenpyram Per Tablet
Dog or Cat 2-25 lbs. One tablet 11.4 mg (Blue Carton)
Dog 25.1-125 lbs. One tablet 57.0mg (Green Carton)
Laboratory and clinical studies showed that CAPSTAR Tablets are safe for use in dogs and cats, puppies and kittens 4 weeks of age and older and 2 pounds of body weight or greater.
Warnings:Not for human use. Keep this and all drugs out of reach of children.
*CAPSTAR Tablets begin working within 30 minutes.
*In studies, CAPSTAR achieved greater than 90% effectiveness against adult fleas on dogs within 4 hours and cats within 6 hours.
*CAPSTAR Tablets are safe for pregnant or nursing dogs and cats.When using this product, you may notice that your dog or cat will start scratching itself as fleas begin to die. The scratching behavior is temporary and is a reaction to the fleas, not the drug. In very rarecases in cats, this may present as transient signs of hyperactivity, panting, vocalization and excessive grooming.
*CAPSTAR Tablets kill adult fleas that cause flea allergy dermatitis (FAD).
*CAPSTAR Tablets may be used together with other products, including heartworm preventives, corticosteroids,antibiotics, vaccines, de-worming medications,shampoos and other flea products.
*CAPSTAR Tablets do not have an effect on fleas in the pet’s environment. You may need to treatmore than one time because immature fleas inand around the home will continue to develop intoadults that can reinfest your pet.
In addition to killing adult fleas with CAPSTAR,you can treat your pet with an insect development inhibitor like PROGRAM Flavor Tabs to prevent andcontrol flea populations.
We recommend reading the insert contained in each package for complete information on the individual products prior to dosing.
Step 1: Prevention and Control
Give PROGRAM Flavor Tabs once per month to prevent and control flea populations. PROGRAM Flavor Tabs
Step 2: Kill Adult Fleas
If your pet currently has a flea infestation, use CAPSTAR Tablets to kill adult fleas. CAPSTAR Tablets contain nitenpyram and are effective
for the treatment of flea infestations. Nitenpyram starts killing adult fleas within 30 minutes of administration.
The combination of PROGRAM Flavor Tabs and CAPSTAR Tablets should be administered according to the package insert. Please see package insert for an accurate recommended Dosage Schedule. Weigh the dog prior to administration to ensure proper dosage. Do not administer to dogs under 2 pounds.
Directions Concurrent use of Capstar and Program in Cats and Kittens:Please follow this information for the concurrent use of PROGRAM®(lufenuron) Flavor Tabs® and CAPSTAR® (nitenpyram)Tablets for the management of fleas on cats and kittens.We recommend reading the insert contained in each package for complete information on the individual products prior to dosing.
In cats and kittens the concurrent use of PROGRAM Flavor Tabs and CAPSTAR Tablets is indicated to kill adult fleas and prevent eggs from hatching. The effects of PROGRAM Flavor Tabs, which control flea populations, and CAPSTARTablets, which treat flea infestations, are combined to provide a FLEA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
Step 1: Control
Give PROGRAM Flavor Tabs once per month to control flea populations. If a cat currently has a flea infestation, more rapid relief can
Step 2: Kill Adult Fleas
Determine the appropriate dosage based on your pet's weight and age. Then administer CAPSTAR to your cat or kitten by following these directions.
• Administer CAPSTAR Tablets once per week until adultfleas are no longer observed.
• For a severe flea infestation, administer CAPSTAR Tablets twice per week until adult fleas are no longerobserved.
• Additional CAPSTAR Tablets may be administered as needed to kill the occasional adult flea picked up from infested environments.
• It is important to treat all dogs and cats in the household. Fleas can reproduce on untreated pets and allow infestations to persist.
The combination of PROGRAM Flavor Tabs and CAPSTAR Tablets should be administered according to the package insert.Please see package insert for an accurate recommended Dosage Schedule. Weigh the cat prior to administration to ensure proper dosage. Do not administer to cats under 2 pounds.
The following adverse reactions have been reportedin cats after giving PROGRAM Flavor Tabs: vomiting,depression/lethargy, anorexia (loss of appetite), diarrhea,hyperactivity, dyspnea (labored breathing), pruritus(itchy skin), and skin eruptions (rash).
The safety of the concurrent use of PROGRAM Flavor Tabs and CAPSTAR Tablets has not been evaluated in kittens less than 7 months of age.
Capstar is manufactured by and is a registered trademark of Novartis. The information provided on this website is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. We reference Norvartis as the source for our information, you may research this product further at the Novartis webpage: http://www.capstar.novartis.us/ You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the diagnosis, and treatment of your pet. As stated the information provided is for educational purposes to aid you in purchasing your pet's medication, it is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, nor does this information suggest that this medication will be tolerated by your pet or that your pet will not experience side effects.