Volume s1-28, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


It has been shown (Otto and Maren, 1947) that the substituted phenyl arsenoxides as a group have a markedly lethal action against the microfilaria of both and . In well tolerated doses several of them will regularly kill the adults of both these filariids in their respective hosts, the dog and the cotton rat. Of these arsenamide (p-[bis-(carboxymethyl-mercapto)-arsino]-benzamide; T.D.C. #970) kills all the adult worms of in daily intravenous doses of 0.23 mgm. As. per kilogram for two weeks. However, such doses do not effect any immediate reduction in the microfilaria count.

Arsenamide contains 20 per cent arsenic and is readily soluble as its sodium salt (Maren, 1946). We have used it as a 2 per cent solution buffered at approximately pH 7.0 and have found that it is stable when stored in amber vials.


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