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Structural formula of moxidectin
Ball-and-stick model of the moxidectin molecule
Clinical data
Trade namesCydectin, Equest, ProHeart, Quest.[1]
Other namesCL 301,423;[2] milbemycin B.[2]
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By mouth, topical, subcutaneous
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Molar mass639.830 g·mol−1
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Moxidectin is an anthelmintic drug used in animals to prevent or control parasitic worms (helminths), such as heartworm and intestinal worms, in dogs, cats, horses, cattle and sheep. Moxidectin kills some of the most common internal and external parasites by selectively binding to a parasite's glutamate-gated chloride ion channels. These channels are vital to the function of invertebrate nerve and muscle cells; when moxidectin binds to the channels, it disrupts neurotransmission, resulting in paralysis and death of the parasite.

Medical uses[edit]

Moxidectin was approved for onchocerciasis (river-blindness) in 2018 for people over the age of 11 in the United States based on two studies.[4] There is a need for additional trials, with long-term follow-up, to assess whether moxidectin is safe and effective for treatment of nematode infection in children and women of childbearing potential.[5] Moxidectin is predicted to be helpful to achieve elimination goals of this disease.[6]

Nematodes can develop cross-resistance between moxidectin and other similar parasiticides, such as ivermectin, doramectin and abamectin.[10]

Moxidectin is being evaluated as a treatment to eradicate scabies in humans, especially when resistant to other treatments.[11]

Adverse effects[edit]

Studies of moxidectin show the side effects vary by animal and may be affected by the product's formulation, application method and dosage.[citation needed]

An overdose of moxidectin enhances the effect of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the central nervous system.[12] In horses, overdose may lead to depression, drooping of the lower lip, tremor, lack of coordination when moving (ataxia), decreased rate of breathing (respiratory rate), stupor and coma.[12]

If a dog licks moxidectin from the skin which was applied as a "spot-on" (topical) treatment, this has the same effect as an overdose, and may cause vomiting, salivation and neurological signs such as ataxia, tremor, and nystagmus.[7] Some Collie dogs can tolerate moxidectin, but other individuals are sensitive and upon ingestion, experience vomiting, salivation or transient neurological signs.[7]


Moxidectin is very lipophilic, which causes it to have a high volume of distribution.[13] Moxidectin concentrates in the animal's adipose tissue, from where it is released for up to two months following administration.[13]

In goats, the oral bioavailability of moxidectin is 2.7 times lower, and the half-life is 1.8 times shorter than in sheep.[14]


Moxidectin, a macrocyclic lactone of the milbemycin class,[7] is a semisynthetic derivative of nemadectin, which is a fermentation product of the bacterium Streptomyces cyanogriseus subsp. noncyanogenus.[15]


In the late 1980s, an American Cyanamid Company agronomist discovered the Streptomyces bacteria from which moxidectin is derived in a soil sample from Australia. Two companies filed patents for moxidectin: Glaxo Group and the American Cyanamid Company;[1] in 1988, all patents were transferred to American Cyanamid.[1] In 1990, the first moxidectin product was sold in Argentina.[1]

For human use, moxidectin was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in June, 2018 for the treatment of onchocerciasis in adults and adolescents aged 12 and older. This is the first human approval worldwide. The license holder is the nonprofit biopharmaceutical company Medicines Development for Global Health.[16]


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  6. ^ Turner, HC; Walker, M; Attah, SK; Opoku, NO; Awadzi, K; Kuesel, AC; Basáñez, MG (19 March 2015). "The potential impact of moxidectin on onchocerciasis elimination in Africa: an economic evaluation based on the Phase II clinical trial data". Parasites & Vectors. 8: 167. doi:10.1186/s13071-015-0779-4. PMC 4381491. PMID 25889256.
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  8. ^ Papich, Mark G. (2011). "Moxidectin". Saunders handbook of veterinary drugs small and large animal (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Saunders. pp. 525–526. ISBN 9781437701920.
  9. ^ Sargison, Neil (2008). "Moxidectin". Sheep flock health a planned approach. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. pp. 180–181. ISBN 9781444302608.
  10. ^ Rugg, D; Buckingham, SD; Sattelle, DB; Jansson, RK (2010). "The insecticidal macrocyclic lactones". In Gilbert, GI; Gill, SS (eds.). Insect pharmacology channels, receptors, toxins and enzymes. London: Academic Press. ISBN 9780123814487.
  11. ^ Mounsey, Kate E.; Bernigaud, Charlotte; Chosidow, Olivier; McCarthy, James S. (17 March 2016). "Prospects for Moxidectin as a New Oral Treatment for Human Scabies". PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 10 (3): e0004389. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004389. ISSN 1935-2727. PMC 4795782. PMID 26985995.
  12. ^ a b Dowling, PM (2012). "Ivermectin and moxidectin toxicosis". In Wilson, DA (ed.). Clinical veterinary advisor: The horse. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders. pp. 307–308. ISBN 9781437714494.
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  14. ^ Baynes, RE; Payne, M; Martin-Jimenez, T; Abdullah, AR; Anderson, KL; Webb, AI; Craigmill, A; Riviere, JE (1 September 2000). "Extralabel use of ivermectin and moxidectin in food animals". Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 217 (5): 668–71. doi:10.2460/javma.2000.217.668. PMID 10976297.
  15. ^ Lumaret, JP; Errouissi, F; Floate, K; Römbke, J; Wardhaugh, K (May 2012). "A review on the toxicity and non-target effects of macrocyclic lactones in terrestrial and aquatic environments". Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology. 13 (6): 1004–60. doi:10.2174/138920112800399257. PMC 3409360. PMID 22039795.
  16. ^ MOXIDECTIN tablet

External links[edit]

  • "Moxidectin". Drug Information Portal. U.S. National Library of Medicine.