and what dosage specifically would you say is a "small" dose vs. "too much"?
also, what evidence are you basing your opinion to take "prazi" once?
Taking suboptimal dosages can be just as or even more dangerous than over dosing. In fact, most of the pharm parasite
meds are proven safe up to a dosage hundreds or even thousands of times the therapeutic dosages. Taking suboptimal can actually stir up an existing infection and make it worse or even promote resistance.
We are all here to either help or be helped, but folks PLEASE educate yourselves a little bit on the bugs and drugs before doling out irresponsible advice. In the internet age there simply is no excuse for ignorance. Most of this info is available at your fingertips and if nothing else; wikipedia usually does a fairly decent job, although unsourced and unreferenced.
I'm reposting my post from last week on the same topic,
praziquantel is praziquantel period
couple words of caution however;
1) Dosage: optimal dosage amount and frequency is determined by the individual parasite. Some require different amounts and others different intervals depending on different variables such as
a)half life of the biochemical components,
b)biophysiology of the host and
c)life cycle of the parasite.
This is all VERY complex stuff. Accurate diagnosis of particular species can only be assured by several methods, none of which include VISUAL ID. They are stool antigen, PCR DNA assay, or blood serology. Even veteran parasitologists can not positively visually ID many parasite
species based on different stages, morphology etc.
2) buying any of these drugs without a scriipt is illegal in many countries including the U.S. and Canada. Certainly dispensing them is even more so. Having said this, these drugs are nearly impossible to obtain from a physician as most will more likey 1000 to 1 prescribe you to an antipsychotic for D.P., including parasitologists (ask shroom). Also to report that you have been taking these meds to authorities could also amount to charges.
3) like any treatment/meds/herbs, the issue of SIDE EFFECTS can be anything from minor to very severe depending on the effectiveness of the dose, the fitness of the host and the level of infestation. Animals die from deworming occasionally due to reaction of dying parasites
or any number of other effects triggered, for example release of toxins, eggs or larvae etc. Will you be able to handle these effects in the comfort of your own home, because a visit to the ER may end in a psych eval. or hold.
4) quality, purity and quantity of dosage: where are you getting it that you can be sure it is authentic and also if it is mixed with other types of meds which frequently occurs in many veterinarian preparations. As well, dosage by weight will need to be adjusted/converted for weight by either kg or Lb.
So, was the point of all this to intimidate? Not necessarily, but rather to urge caution before "experimenting" with these drugs which can be dangerous. Try to not only educate yourself about your brand of parasite
but also on their particular treatment regimens which may be quite complex, also be aware of the possible side effects as well as the implications of collateral damage to other inhabitants that you may not even be aware that you have. Inappropriately treating improperly diagnosed parasites
can send you on a disastrous cascade of side effects and reinfections, which has been known to occur on here if you dig around.
AGAIN: use caution, ask questions and report back progress occasionally.