Albendazole

What is Albendazole?

Albendazole is a benzimidazole medication used to cure tapeworm infections. Belonging to a class of medications known as “Anthelmintic”, it works by preventing worms or newly formed insect larvae from growing and developing in human body.It is used to treat parasitic worm infections caused by dog tapeworm and pork tapeworm. Albendazole is used for some other health-related issues which may or may not be listed in this guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Albendazole?

Discontinue the consumption of Albendazole if you are pregnant. If in case there is no substitute for this medication, consult your doctor about its consumption. Before using Albendazole, you may be required to undergo a negative pregnancy test.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Albendazole?

Do not consume Albenza generic if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or to identical drugs like mebendazole (Vermox).

Before consuming Albendazole, ensure safety of medication for you. Tell your doctor if you are suffering from:

  • Any liver disease; or
  • bone marrow suppression

FDA pregnancy category C: It is still under suspicion that whether Albendazole causes any adverse effects on an unborn child. Discontinue the consumption of Albendazole if you are pregnant. If in case there is no substitute for this medication, consult your doctor about its consumption. Before using the medicine, you must tell doctor about your pregnancy or your plans to conceive.While taking Albendazole, use of effective birth control measure is recommended to prevent pregnancy. It must continue for at least one month after treatment ends.Before using Albendazole, you may be required to undergo a negative pregnancy test.It is unclear whether Albendazole excretes into breast milk or may harm a nursing baby. Inform your doctor if you are nursing a baby to avoid any serious health issue.

Side effects

Do not consume Albendazole if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Albendazole may result in respiratory problems, hives, severe swelling of your face, tongue, lips, or throat.

Seek medical advice if you suffer from:

  • Bone marrow suspension or its symptoms : sudden weakness, bad feeling, sore throat, red or swollen gums, trouble in swallowing, chills, mouth sores, easy bruising and bleeding; or
  • Any liver problems : nausea, itching, tiredness, upper stomach pain, dark-coloured urine, clay-colored stools, appetite loss, jaundice or yellowing of skin or eyes.

Other side effects are:

  • Nausea, vomiting and stomach pain
  • Spinning sensation, dizziness;
  • Headache; or
  • Temporary hair loss

Note: Apart from above mentioned, there are few other side effects of Albendazole. If case you feel extremely unwell, medical discretion is required.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take your missed dose of Albendazole as soon as your remember it. Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time of your next intake. Intake of extra dosage in order to cover up the missed dose is not recommended.

What should I avoid while taking Albendazole?

While on this medication, avoid coming in contact with people who are sick, unwell or suffering from infections. Consult your specialist in case you develop any signs of infections.

How should I take Albendazole?

  • Follow medical prescription while using Albendazole. Take the medicine as recommended. Do not increase or decrease the amount of dosage yourself.
  • Take Albendazole along with your meal orally.
  • In case of a child or anyone who cannot swallow one complete tablet of Albendazole, crush or chew the tablet and take it with a glass of water.
  • Albendazole can be given with some other medications to prevent its certain side effects, or certain effects which are the results of reduction of parasitic worms in your body.
  • Apprise your doctor if you witness any change in your weight. Amount of Albendazole doses are based on weight.
  • Albendazole should be consumed throughout the prescribed time. You may feel better before complete clearance of the infection in your body. Skipping your doses may increase your infection and can put you on danger side as the infection is resistant to antibiotics.
  • Albendazole should not be used for treating viral infections such as flu or common cold.
  • Albendazole can make your immune system weal. Hence it is advisable to go for regular blood tests, normally twice in a week to keep a check on liver infection.

Store at Room Temperature. Protect it from moisture and heat.

For Cutaneous Larva Migrans: This medication works. My parasitic infection reduced significantly and I faced no side effects. My BP was normal and Type 2 diabetes was not affected at all.

For Ascariasis: Works moderately well when taken for days exceeding 20. This medicine worked on my parasitic infection and yield best results. When taken with praziquantel, it works the best.