Albendazole, more commonly known as Albenza can be used to treat different types of tapeworm infections and comes in off-white to white colored, biconvex, circular, bevel-edged TILTAB tablets that are usually supplied in 200 milligrams.
How it works
Albendazole can be mainly used to treat parenchymal neurocysticercosis, which is caused by the active lesions that are caused by the pork tapeworm’s (Taenia solium) larval forms. It can also be used to treat an infection caused by the dog tapeworm’s (Echinococcus granulosus) larval forms, which is known as cystic hydatid disease. This disease usually is known to occur in lungs, the liver and peritoneum. Albenza generally operates as an orally administered anthelmintic drug.
This medication is also known to be useful when treating infections caused by other types of worms/parasites such as beef tapeworms, whipworms, roundworms, pinworms, threadworms or hookworms.
The medicine’s dosage will usually be based on your medical condition, response to treatment and weight and you can use it by mouth, 1 to 2 times daily. You can crush/chew the tablets and use it with the aid of water if you or your child has trouble, when it comes to swallowing them.
Make sure to follow your doctor’s advice properly, especially if you have to take Albendazole in a treatment cycle (usually for the hydatid disease). Normally the cycle of treatment will be for 28 days, where the medicine is taken twice daily, and then stopping the usage for 2 weeks afterwards. Use the medication the same time each day so that you will not forget a dose and if it is a treatment cycle, it would be best to mark a calendar to remind you, when to restart its usage.
Take Albenza regularly, in order to allow it to affect your body properly. Even if the symptoms fade away within a couple of days, it is important that you continue consuming it for the full amount of the prescribed time. Inform your physician if your condition seems to last or if gets worse.
If the below listed serious side effects occur, get immediate medical attention.
Headache that lasts for a while
Changes in vision
Severe pain in abdominal/stomach
Bleeding/bruising easily than usual
Signs of an infection (e.g. – chills, fever, sore throat)
Signs of kidney problems
Severe side effects (e.g. – breathing troubles, dizziness, rash)
As this is not a complete list of side effects, if any other effects that are not listed here do occur, your healthcare provider needs to be notified right away.
Before taking Albenza, your doctor/pharmacist should know if you have any allergies to albendazole or any other inactive ingredients that are inside the medication. If issues like biliary tract problems, liver disease or blood/bone marrow disorders are present in your medical history, he/she needs to know about them too.
Make sure to limit the use of alcoholic beverages while on medication, as it might increase the risk of causing liver problems. Refrain from drinking grapefruit juice and eating grapefruit in order to decrease the chances of getting unwanted side effects.
Consult your healthcare provider before using this medicine if you are pregnant, as it might be harmful to the unborn baby and also if you are breast-feeding, as the drug might pass on to an infant via breast milk.