There are many generic versions of Capstar flea tablets available. All of the oral flea meds listed on this page have the same active ingredient as Capstar (nitenpyram), and in the same or similar concentrations.
PuppyButts Quick Caps
Quick Caps is a cheap alternative to Capstar, and can be bought in bulk.
Quick Caps by PuppyButts are among the cheapest generic versions of Capstar, especially if bought in bulk. 30 Quick Cap tablets cost around $15 ($0.50 each) on Ebay.com. 100 tablets cost around $36 ($0.36 each). For comparison, Capstar costs about $21 for 6 tablets ($3.5 each).
Other generic brands include Sentry CapGuard and PetArmor FastCaps. These don’t offer as great of a savings, but they can be purchased more conveniently at popular retailers such as Amazon.com, Walmart, and Petco.
Capstar Active Ingredients
The active ingredient in Capstar tablets is nitenpyram. The product for cats and dogs from 2 to 25 lbs. contains 11.4 mg nitenpyram. The product for dogs over 25 lbs. contains 57 mg nitenpyram. The generic brands listed below have the same or similar formulations of nitenpyram. For complete details, compare Capstar’s product label to the generics’ labels (linked blow).
Nitenpyram works as an adulticide. After an animal ingests a tablet, nitenpyram begins killing adult fleas within 30 minutes. Effects continue for up to 48 hours.
Generic Alternatives to Capstar
The products below are listed in order based upon price and availability from popular retailers at the time of publishing.
PuppyButts Quick Caps
Quick Caps are one of the cheapest generic brands of Capstar, and can be bought in bulk. View product label
Quick Caps by PuppyButts are among the cheapest generic alternatives of Capstar. The Quick Caps tablets have the same active ingredient as Capstar, nitenpyram. There are two products, which correspond to pet weights. For cats and dogs weighing 2-25 pounds, the concentration of nitenpyram is 12 mg (slightly higher than Capstar). For dogs weighing 25 to 125 pounds, the tablets contain 57 mg of nitenpyram (same as Capstar).
Quick Caps can be found on Ebay in a variety of sizes, ranging from 12 tablets to 200 tablets. The 100 tablet bottle provides the best value at $36, which is $0.36 per tablet.
PetArmor FastCaps are another generic version of Capstar. It can be found at popular retailers like Walmart. View product label
FastCaps by PetArmor are one of many generic Capstar alternatives produced by Sergeant’s Pet Care. The tablets are equivalent to Capstar, with exactly the same active ingredient concentrations.
While FastCaps don’t offer as much of a savings as Quick Caps, they can be conveniently bought on Amazon.com, as well as other popular retailers like Walmart, Target, and PetSmart. On Amazon, 6 tablets cost around $13.
Sentry CapGuard is another generic Capstar medicine manufactured by Sergeant’s Pet Care. View product label
Sentry CapGuard is also produced by Sergeant’s Pet Care. It seems to be the same product as FastCaps, but branded differently. The main difference is that CapGuard is available at Petco.
Dog & Cat MD Maximum Defense QuickTabs
QuickTabs is produced by the same company as FastCaps (Sergeant’s Pet Care), and is essentially the same product. View product label
Dog & Cat MD Maximum Defense QuickTabs are yet another Capstar alternative produced by Sergeant’s Pet Care. Not much differs between QuickTabs, FastCaps, and CapGuard other than branding.
More Generic Versions of Nitenpyram
There are many more cheap, generic nitenpyram products on Ebay.com. However, they are difficult to categorize, since they don’t have any identifiable brand name. These are some of the cheapest Capstar alternative options available, and they can be bought in bulk. For example, one listing is selling 100 tablets for $30 (may change). View all listings for generic nitenpyram.