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Clinical data
Trade namesAlbon, Di-Methox
AHFS/Drugs.comFDA Professional Drug Information
Routes of
By mouth; can be IV in cattle[1]
ATC code
Legal status
Legal status
  • AU: S4 (Prescription only)
  • US: ℞-only (by veterinarian)
Pharmacokinetic data
Elimination half-life13.1 hours in dogs[2]
  • 4-Amino-N-(2,6-dimethoxypyrimidin-4-yl)benzenesulfonamide
CAS Number
PubChem CID
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
ECHA InfoCard100.004.113 Edit this at Wikidata
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass310.33 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • COc1cc(nc(n1)OC)NS(=O)(=O)c2ccc(cc2)N
  • InChI=1S/C12H14N4O4S/c1-19-11-7-10(14-12(15-11)20-2)16-21(17,18)9-5-3-8(13)4-6-9/h3-7H,13H2,1-2H3,(H,14,15,16) checkY

Sulfadimethoxine (or sulphadimethoxine, trade names Di-Methox or Albon) is a long-lasting sulfonamide antimicrobial medication used in veterinary medicine. It is used to treat many infections, including respiratory, urinary tract, enteric, and soft tissue infections[3] and can be given as a standalone or combined with ormetoprim to broaden the target range.[2] Like all sulfamides, sulfadimethoxine inhibits bacterial synthesis of folic acid by acting as a competitive inhibitor against PABA. It is the most common drug prescribed to dogs who have coccidiosis.[4]


Like other sulfonamides, sulfadimethoxine is a dihydropteroate synthase inhibitor. Bacteria and some protozoa are unable to obtain folic acid from the environment, and must instead synthesize it by converting PABA (para-aminobenzoate) to dihydropteroate using the enzyme dihydropteroate synthase. Sulfonamides act as a competitive inhibitor; being structurally similar to PABA, they are able to bind to the enzyme's active site and prevent the synthesis of folic acid from progressing. Folic acid is necessary for these organisms to produce nucleic acids (i.e. DNA and RNA), which are required for cell division.[5] Thus, it has a microbiostatic effect rather than a microbiocidal one (it prevents pathogen growth rather than killing them), and has the strongest effect in the beginning stages of an infection, when the pathogen is rapidly dividing. Since it is microbiostatic, sulfadimethoxine still requires the animal to still be able to mount an immune response to kill the pathogen.[6][3]

With ormetoprim

Sulfadimethoxine can either be given alone (such as under the commercial name Albon) or in combination with ormetoprim to as a "potentiated sulfonamide" to increase antimicrobial activity.[2] Ormetoprim is a diaminopyridine, inhibiting dihydrofolate reductase, which is further along the pathway for synthesizing folic acid. Though the optimum ratio of sulfadimethoxine to ormetoprim has been found to be 20:1, it is sold pharmaceutically as a 5:1 mixture.[6]


On the left, a large amber bottle of labeled, "Albon (sulfadimethoxine): Oral suspension 5%". On the right, a bottle of Albon pills (125 mg, 200-count)
Suspension and bottle of pills of sulfadimethoxine, sold under the trade name Albon.

Sulfadimethoxine, like all sulfonamides, diffuses easily when it is in its unionized, lipid-soluble form, and easily reaches many tissues. The relative amounts are determined by both its pKa and by the pH of each tissue. Therefore, levels tend to be higher in less acidic tissue and body fluids or in diseased tissues having high concentrations of leucocytes.[7][3][6] Its ability to bind to plasma proteins is very high, leading sulfadimethoxine to maintain higher blood levels than most other long-acting sulfonamides. Comparatively low doses can give rapid and sustained therapeutic blood levels.[3] Most animals for which sulfadimethoxine is marketed acetylate sulfadimethoxine in the liver to form acetylsulfadimethoxine, which is secreted in the bile. Dogs are the exception – since they are unable acetylate sulfonamides, they excrete sulfadimethoxine mostly unchanged in the urine (their inability to transform sulfadimethoxine also makes them more susceptible to negative side effects).[8][9][10]

Sulfadimethoxine has a relatively high solubility at the pH normally occurring in the kidneys, and is easily reabsorbed into the renal tubules, adding to its long half-life.[11][8] The use of sulfadimethoxine raises concerns that it will precipitate in the kidneys, leading to crystalluria. Though crystallization is not actually a common occurrence in veterinary medicine, it can be avoided entirely by adding a diaminopyrimidine such as ormetoprim.[11][6] Having the animal stay well-hydrated also is advised.[12]


Sulfadimethoxine is the only FDA-approved drug for treating intestinal coccidioisis in cats and dogs.[2] It is also used for:

It is also one of the only sulfonamides allowed for treating lactating dairy cattle (the others being sulfabromethazine and sulfathoxypyridazine).[6]


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  5. ^ Bauman RW (2015). Microbiology: With Diseases by Body System (4th ed.). Boston: Pearson. p. 296. ISBN 9780321918550.
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  7. ^ Stowe CM (1965). "Chapter 33: The Sulfonamides". In Jones LM (ed.). Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press.
  8. ^ a b c Plumb DC (2011). Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook (7th ed.). Ames, Iowa: Wiley. pp. 951, 954. ISBN 9780470959640.
  9. ^ Papich MG (2007). Saunders handbook of veterinary drugs (2nd ed.). St. Louis, Mo: Saunders/Elsevier. ISBN 9781416028888.
  10. ^ Bridges JW, Kibby MR, Walker SR, Williams RT (October 1968). "Species differences in the metabolism of sulphadimethoxine". The Biochemical Journal. 109 (5): 851–6. doi:10.1042/bj1090851. PMC 1187037. PMID 4972257.
  11. ^ a b Baggot JD (March 1970). "Some aspects of drug persistence in domestic animals". Research in Veterinary Science. 11 (2): 130–7. doi:10.1016/S0034-5288(18)34350-9. PMID 5499300.closed access
  12. ^ PetCoach editorial team. "Sulfadimethoxine (Albon)". PetCoach.

This article incorporates text from the United States National Library of Medicine (ALBON sulfadimethoxine suspension), which is in the public domain.