Albendazole

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Uses

What is Albendazole used for?

Albendazole is commonly used to treat infections caused by tapeworms, including hydrated disease and neurocysticercosis.

How should I take Albendazole?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Take Albendazole by mouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule.
  • Read the label carefully before using Albendazole.
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.
  • It is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
  • You may crush or chew the tablet and swallow it with water. If you have trouble swallowing, ask your doctor for a chewable tablet.

How do I store Albendazole?

Albendazole is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Albendazole in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Albendazole that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Albendazole down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Albendazole?

Before using Albendazole, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction: to Albendazole, excipients using for a dosage form containing Albendazole. The information is detailed in the leaflet.
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Pediatric.
  • Geriatric.
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with Albendazole.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

It is not safe to take this medicine during pregnancy. It could harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control while using this medicine and for at least 1 month after your last dose. You should have a negative pregnancy test before you start treatment. Albendazole is a pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk;
  • B=No risk in some studies;
  • C=There may be some risk;
  • D=Positive evidence of risk;
  • X=Contraindicated;
  • N=Unknown.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Albendazole?

As taking others medicines, taking Albendazole can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of the side effects are listed below:

  • Vomiting;
  • Nausea;
  • Dizziness;
  • Headache;
  • Insomnia;
  • Infection;
  • Stomach pain;
  • Aggression;
  • Temporary hair loss.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Albendazole?

Albendazole may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval, such as cimetidine, dexamethasone, praziquantel, or theophylline.

Does food or alcohol interact with Albendazole?

Albendazole may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Albendazole?

Albendazole may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, such as:

  • Bone marrow problems (e.g, agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia, granulocytopenia, pancytopenia);
  • Cysticercosis involving the eye;
  • Liver disease;
  • Liver enzymes.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Albendazole.

What is the dose of Albendazole for an adult?

Oral

Echinococcosis

Adult: <60 kg: 15 mg/kg daily in 2 divided doses. Max: 800 mg daily. ≥60 kg: 400 mg bid. Administer doses for 28-day cycle followed by a 14-day drug-free interval for a total of 3 cycles.

Neurocysticercosis

Adult: <60 kg: 15 mg/kg daily in 2 divided doses. Max: 800 mg daily. ≥60 kg 400 mg bid. Duration of treatment: 8-30 days.

Ascariasis, Enterobiasis, Hookworm infections, Trichuriasis

Adult: 400 mg as a single dose.

Clonorchiasis, Opisthorchiasis

Adult: 400 mg bid for 3 days. Max: 800 mg daily; 1200 mg for 3 days. Confirm with your doctor after 1 month if worms have been eradicated.

Tapeworm infections

Adult: 400 mg daily on an empty stomach for 3 consecutive days. Max: 400 mg daily; 1200 mg for 3 days. If patient is not cured after 3 weeks, a second course of treatment is needed. In cases of Hymenolepis nana infestations, retreatment in 10-21 days is recommended.

Cutaneous larva migrans

Adult: 400 mg once daily for 1-3 days. Max: 400 mg daily; 1200 mg for 3 days.

What is the dose of Albendazole for a child?

Oral

Echinococcosis

Same as adult dose.

Neurocysticercosis

Same as adult dose.

Ascariasis, Enterobiasis, Hookworm infections, Trichuriasis

For ages: 1-2 years 200 mg as a single dose. 

>2 years: Same as adult dose. Max: 200 mg.

Clonorchiasis, Opisthorchiasis

For ages >2 years: same as adult dose.

Tapeworm infections

For ages >2 years: same as adult dose.

Cutaneous larva migrans

For ages >2 years: same as adult dose.

Giardiasis

For ages: 1-12 years: 400 mg once daily on an empty stomach for 5 days. Max: 400 mg daily; 2000 mg for 5 days.

How is Albendazole available?

Albendazole is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet, Chewable Tablet 200 mg, 400 mg
  • Suspension 20 mg/ml.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Albendazole, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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