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PROGRAM is used for the prevention and lasting control of flea infestation in dogs. It is effective against the two dominant flea species in the UK.

Brand

Program

Manufacturer

Elanco

Species

Dog

Prescription Type

AVM-GSL (OTC licensed veterinary medicine)

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£30.99
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What are Program tablets and who are they for?

 

PROGRAM ORAL TABLETS is a convenient and long acting flea treatment that can be used in weaned puppies and dogs, including pregnant bitches. It is effective against the dominant flea species: Ctenocephalides felis and C. canis.

PROGRAM works by preventing flea larvae from developing in the egg, thereby preventing any existing fleas from reproducing.

Monthly use in all cats and dogs in the house will help to maintain a flea-free home, however, if there is an existing infestation or a new source of fleas, a concurrent treatment against adult fleas should also be used.

The most up to date Summary of Product Characteristics for this authorised veterinary medicine can be viewed here

What is the active ingredient in Program tablets?

 

Lufenuron, the active ingredient in PROGRAM, is an insect growth regulator belonging to the benzolyurea group which acts by interfering with the normal synthesis, polymerisation and deposition of chitin.

 

What does this ingredient do?

 

Fleas take up the active ingredient through the animal's blood and transfer it to their eggs. The formulation of larval chitin structures, a process typical to insects is blocked and the development of their numerous offspring is stopped. 

Fleas picked up by the dog outside the home environment are prevented from causing a new infestation of the home.

After administering orally to the dog, the active ingredient is quickly absorbed. Sufficient absorption is only achieved if administered on a full stomach. The low excretion rate ensures an effective concentration of the active ingredient in the blood for one month. If the dog is already infested with fleas, no viable flea eggs are produced from 24 hours after the first administration. The speed of elimination of the pre-existing infestation is dependent upon the number of flea larvae and pupae in the environment when treatment starts and climatic conditions. 


To prevent flea infestations the product should be administered at monthly intervals for at least six months during the flea season, starting two months before fleas become active. To ensure accurate dosing, dogs and puppies should be weighed before each treatment. 

Program does not kill adult fleas. The product works by preventing the development of flea larvae. If dogs have a high level of flea infestation at the start of the treatment, it is necessary to apply a product that is recommended for use against adult fleas during the first one or two months, or longer depending on the environmental challenge.

Box containing 6 tablets in a blister pack.

What is in Program tablets?

 

Active ingredient:

Lufenuron 409.8000mg/tablet

Excipients:

CORE
Macrogol 8000
Lactose monohydrate
Cellulose Microcrystalline
Pregelatinised starch
Croscarmellose sodium
Magnesium stearate

COATING
Titanium dioxide 6.6911mg/tablet
Ferric oxide, brown 0.0448mg/tablet
Hypromellose
Macrogol 8000
Purified talc

How do I use Program tablets?

 

    1. Recommended monthly dose:

      Dog weight – 21 kg to 40 kg = 1 tablet
      Dog weight – 41 kg to 80 kg = 2 tablets

      In order to avoid under-dosing in growing puppies, they should be weighed each month prior to dosing.

    2. To be fully effective the tablets MUST be administered together with food, e.g. added to a portion of the daily food, hidden in pieces of meat, etc. or administered by mouth after feeding. 
      After administration, the dog should be watched for several minutes to ensure that the whole dose has been swallowed.

 

It is essential that all cats and dogs (except unweaned puppies and kittens) living in a household are treated to stop flea reproduction.

For cats use Program suspension.

Special precautions for use in animals:

Use only in weaned puppies.
If signs of flea infestation or disease persist or appear, consult your veterinary surgeon.

Special precautions to be taken by the person administering the medicinal product to animals:

Wash hands after use.

 On very rare occasions, nervous signs, itching, vomiting or diarrhoea have been reported in dogs following treatment with Program Tablets. 

Store in a dry place.
Protect from light.

Marketing Authorisation holder:

Novartis Animal Health UK Ltd
Frimley Business Park
Frimley
Camberley
Surrey
GU16 7SR

Marketing authorisation number:

Vm 12501/4015