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Therapeutic effect of cucurbitine on dog taeniasis

Zhi-kang Chen, Tian-chou Pu, De-ying Li, Hong-an Jiang


Experimental therapy was carried out on 6 dogs. Cucurbitine hydrobromide or perchloride was given orally at a dose of 1-5 g. This amino acid expelled effectively Taenia hydatigena, Taenia pisiformis and Diphyllobothrium mansoni. Since cucurbitine merely paralysed the parasites, a carthartic dose of MgSO4 was routinely given after cucurbitine. No toxic symptoms but vomiting were observed after large doses.

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