Albendazole is an anthelmintic prescription medication. It is prescribed for the treatment of tapeworm infections such as hydatid disease and neurocysticercosis. Neurocysticercosis is an infection of the nervous system caused by pork tapeworms. Cystic hydatid disease is an infection caused by dog tapeworm that infects the liver, lungs and the peritoneum. It is also used for the prevention of newly hatched insect larvae from growing and multiplying in the body. It may also be used for the purpose as determined by the physician.
Albendazole works by keeping the worm from absorbing the glucose or the sugar. This makes the worm loses its energy and die.
Take the medication orally or as directed by your physician. Take it with food. For children who are unable to swallow the tablet, they may chew the tablet first before swallowing with a glass of water.
The usual recommended dose is 400mg two times a day for 8 to 30 days (over 60 kg). For those weighing below 60 kg, the dose is divided twice a day or 8 to 30 days but not to exceed 800mg per day.
The dose is 400mg two times a day for 28 days (over 60 kg). For those weighing below 60 kg, the dose is divided twice a day for 28 days but not to exceed 800mg per day. The cycle is repeated for three times but there should be 14 days that is drug-free.
The dose is 400 mg once, repeat in two weeks
The dose is based on weight. 10 mg/kg once
Use this medication exactly as directed by your physician. Do not skip any dose. Finish the entire course of the treatment. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice while under this medication.
Some of the side effects are:
Serious side effects are:
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