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  • Primor Indications
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Company: Zoetis



Primor Caution

Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.


Primor is an antimicrobial drug containing sulfadimethoxine and ormetoprim in a 5 to 1 ratio. The combination of these 2 compounds results in the potentiation of sulfadimethoxine, providing increased efficacy, a broadened spectrum of activity to include some sulfonamide-resistant organisms, and reduction in the rate of resistance development.

Sulfadimethoxine is a white, almost tasteless and odorless powder. Chemically, it is N1-(2,6-dimethoxy-4-pyrimidinyl)-sulfanila-mide. The structural formula is:

Ormetoprim is a white, almost tasteless powder. Chemically, it is 2,4-diamino-5-(4,5-dimethoxy-2-methylbenzyl)-pyrimidine. The structural formula is:

Clinical Pharmacology

Sulfadimethoxine is not acetylated in the dog, as in most other animals, and is excreted predominantly as the unchanged drug.3 Sulfadimethoxine has a relatively high solubility at the pH normally occurring in the kidney, precluding the possibility of precipitation and crystalluria. Slow renal excretion results from a high degree of tubular reabsorption. Plasma protein binding is very high, providing a blood reservoir of the drug. Thus sulfadimethoxine maintains higher blood levels than most other long-acting sulfonamides. Single, comparatively low doses of sulfadimethoxine give rapid and sustained therapeutic blood levels.4

The systemically active sulfonamides, which include sulfadimethoxine, are bacteriostatic agents. Sulfonamides competitively inhibit bacterial synthesis of folic acid (pteroylglutamic acid) from para-aminobenzoic acid. Mammalian cells are capable of utilizing folic acid in the presence of sulfonamides.

Ormetoprim, like other diaminopyrimidines, inhibits the reduction of dihydrofolic acid to tetrahydrofolic acid by bacterial cells. Sulfadimethoxine/ormetoprim thus blocks 2 sequential steps of the folic acid metabolism of bacteria, depriving them of folate coenzymes. Potentiated sulfonamides have been shown to exhibit bactericidal as well as bacteriostatic action.

Microbiology: Sulfadimethoxine is a low-dosage, rapidly absorbed, long-acting sulfonamide effective for the treatment of a wide range of bacterial infections commonly encountered in dogs. Sulfadimethoxine has been demonstrated under laboratory and field conditions to be effective against a variety of gram-positive and gram-negative, aerobic and anaerobic organisms belonging to the genera Streptococcus, Klebsiella, Proteus, Shigella, Staphylococcus, Escherichia, Salmonella, and Clostridium.1,2 Most strains of these organisms were found to be susceptible to Primor in vitro, but the in vivo significance has not been determined for some canine isolates.

Ormetoprim potentiates the activity of sulfadimethoxine. The in vitro antibacterial spectrum and activity of the 2 compounds are very similar. On a molar basis, ormetoprim is more active than sulfadimethoxine. Sulfadimethoxine/ormetoprim shows enhanced in vitro and in vivo activity (potentiation) over that of either compound used alone. In vitro, this potentiation results in a reduction of the minimum inhibitory concentration of each drug, and an increase in activity against sulfonamide-resistant organisms, such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Corynebacterium, Escherichia, Klebsiella, Proteus, Brucella, Bordetella, and Clostridium.1 The susceptibility of organisms to Primor Tablets should be determined using a potentiated sulfonamide sensitivity disc such as sulfa-methoxazole and trimethoprim (BBL® Sensi-Disc® SXT*). Specimens for susceptibility testing should be collected prior to initiation of therapy.

In an experimentally induced, controlled soft tissue infection study in dogs, the therapeutic efficacy of Primor was significantly greater than the 2 individual components when administered separately, providing clear evidence of the potentiation of sulfa-dimethoxine by ormetoprim in the target species.1

Blood Levels:1 Therapeutically effective blood levels of both sulfadimethoxine and ormetoprim are obtained and maintained in dogs when using the recommended Primor dosing regimen of 25 mg/lb on day one and of 12.5 mg/lb on following days. Blood levels of sulfadimethoxine and ormetoprim were studied in 2 male and 2 female dogs. The initial drug dose was administered at zero hours. Blood samples were taken at 11 intervals, 6 of which are reported in Table 1. A second dose of Primor was administered immediately following the 24-hour blood samples and blood values were determined 2 hours later (26 hours from the initial dose).

Table 1. Blood levels (mcg/mL) obtained with administration of a 25 mg/lb dose of Primor followed with a 12.5 mg/lb dose at 24 hours


2 hr

8 hr

24 hr*

26 hr

32 hr

48 hr















*Sample collected before administration of the second dose.

Primor Indications and Usage

Primor is for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections (wounds and abscesses) in dogs caused by strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli and urinary tract infections caused by Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus spp., and Proteus mirabilis susceptible to sulfadimethoxine/ormetoprim.


Primor should not be used in dogs showing marked liver parenchymal damage, blood dyscrasias, or in those with a history of sulfonamide hypersensitivity.


Not for human use. For use in dogs only. Keep out of reach of children.


Decreased water consumption and aciduria enhance the probability of the formation of sulfonamide crystals in the urine. Monitoring urine samples for crystal formation is recommended from animals with acid urine receiving the drug. As with any sulfonamide therapy, make certain dogs maintain adequate water intake. If dogs show no improvement within 2 or 3 days, reevaluate the diagnosis. Safety in breeding dogs has not been established.

Adverse Reactions

Conditions reported following use of sulfonamides or potentiated sulfonamides include polyarthritis, urticaria, facial swelling, fever, hemolytic anemia, polydypsia, polyuria, hepatitis, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, and neurologic disorders. In rare instances, neurologic signs including behavioral changes, ataxia, seizures, aggression, and hyperexcitability have been reported. Keratitis sicca, possibly due to prolonged use of sulfonamides, has been reported.

Individual animal hypersensitivity may result in local or generalized reactions. Anaphylactoid reactions, although rare, may also occur. Antidote: Epinephrine for anaphylactoid reactions.

CONTACT INFORMATION: For a copy of the Safety Data Sheet or to report adverse reactions, call Zoetis Inc. at 1-888-963-8471. For additional information about adverse drug experience reporting for animal drugs, contact FDA at 1-888-FDA-VETS or

Dosage and Administration

Administer an initial oral dose of 25 mg/lb (55 mg/kg) of body weight on the first day of treatment. Administer subsequent daily doses at the rate of 12.5 mg/lb (27.5 mg/kg) of body weight. Continue treatment for at least 2 days after remission of clinical signs. Do not extend treatment for more than 21 consecutive days. Suggested dosage schedules follow:


Body Weight (lb)
Up To

No. of Tablets
First Day

No. of Tablets
Subsequent Days

Primor 120









1 1/2

Primor 240









1 1/2

Primor 600







Primor 1200







For optimal therapeutic effect: (1) the drug must be given early in the course of the disease; (2) therapeutically effective levels must be maintained in the body throughout the treatment period; (3) treatment should continue for at least 2 days after remission of clinical signs; and (4) the causative bacterial agents must be sensitive to the drug.

TOXICITY AND SAFETY:1 Toxicity data for Primor indicate that the drug is safe when used at the recommended dosage.

Following oral administration of Primor to dogs at 27.5 mg/kg/day (12.5 mg/lb/day) for 8 weeks, no changes were noted in hematology, blood chemistry, urinalysis, gross pathology, and histopathology, except for elevated serum cholesterol, increased thyroid and liver weights, enlarged basophilic cells in the pituitary, and mild follicular thyroid hyperplasia. These changes are known to be associated with prolonged administration of sulfonamides to dogs and have been shown to be reversible.


Store at controlled room temperature 15°-30°C (59°-86°F)

How Supplied

Primor is available as scored tablets for the following potencies: 120 mg, 240 mg, 600 mg, and 1200 mg.

PRIMOR 120: 100 mg sulfadimethoxine/20 mg ormetoprim

PRIMOR 240: 200 mg sulfadimethoxine/40 mg ormetoprim

PRIMOR 600: 500 mg sulfadimethoxine/100 mg ormetoprim

PRIMOR 1200: 1000 mg sulfadimethoxine/200 mg ormetoprim


1. Data on file, Zoetis Inc.

2. Bevill RF: Sulfonamides. Booth NM, MacDonald LE (eds), Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 5th ed, The Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa, chapter 48, 1982.

3. Bridges JW, Kirby MR, Walker SR, et al: Species differences in the metabolism of sulfadimethoxine. Biochem J 109:851, 1968.

4. Baggot JD: Some aspects of drug persistence in domestic animals. Res Vet Sci 11(2):130, 1970.

*BBL® and Sensi-Disc® are registered trademarks owned by Becton, Dickinson and Company, Paramus, New Jersey.

Approved by FDA under NADA # 100-929

Distributed by:

Zoetis Inc., Kalamazoo, MI 49007


Revised: May 2021


100 tablets

1000 tablets


100 tablets

500 tablets


100 tablets

250 tablets

PRIMOR® 1200

100 tablets

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