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   Albendazole

Albendazole
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This medication is used to treat certain tapeworm infections (e.g., neurocysticercosis).This drug may also be used to treat other types of worm infections.

 
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Albendazole

Uses
This medication is used to treat certain tapeworm infections (e.g., neurocysticercosis).This drug may also be used to treat other types of worm infections.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only.
  • Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor.
  • A different medication may be necessary in that case.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., complete blood count, liver function test) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth with meals, usually 1 to 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor.Dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.
  • Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Some conditions may require you to stop the medication for 2 weeks and then restart the medication.
  • If that is the case, it may be helpful to mark the calendar with a reminder of when you need to restart the medication.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days.
  • Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.Other medications (e.g., corticosteroids, anti-seizure medications) may also be prescribed for your current condition.
  • Take those medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects
  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, or temporary hair loss may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, yellowing eyes/skin, severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: unusual tiredness, easy bruising/bleeding, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), change in the amount of urine, severe/persistent headache, seizures, confusion, very stiff neck.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking albendazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other benzimidazole anthelmintic drugs (e.g., mebendazole); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, biliary tract problems (e.g., blockage), blood/bone marrow disorders.This medication may cause liver problems.
  • Because drinking alcohol increases the risk of liver problems, limit alcoholic beverages while using this medication.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • It may harm an unborn baby.
  • Women of child-bearing age should have a negative pregnancy test before starting this medication.
  • If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately.
  • It is recommended that men and women using this medication use 2 effective forms of birth control (e.g., condoms and birth control pills) while taking this medication and for 1 month after stopping the medication.
  • Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss reliable forms of birth control.It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: cimetidine, praziquantel, theophylline.

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