Albenza (Oral)

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Albenza (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Albenza (Oral)

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Albenza (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Albendazole (al-BEN-da-zole) Treats hydatid disease and other infections caused by tapeworms. May also be used to treat infections caused by roundworms, hookworms, and pinworms.Belongs to a class of drugs called anthelmintics.

When To Not Use Albenza (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to albendazole or to related medicines such as mebendazole (Vermox®, Mebendacin®).

How Should You Use Albenza (Oral)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often.
  • It is best to take this medicine with meals. Taking albendazole with food will help your body absorb the medicine better.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is almost time for your next dose.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Albenza (Oral) Storage

Store Albenza (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Albenza (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Albenza (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking cimetidine (Tagamet®), praziquantel (Biltricide®), or dexamethasone.

Albenza (Oral) Warnings

  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of liver disease or currently have liver problems.
  • You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant. Albendazole may cause birth defects or be harmful to an unborn baby.
  • Your doctor should give you a pregnancy test before you start the medicine to make sure you aren't pregnant.
  • Use an effective form of birth control while taking this medicine and for at least one month after your last dose.
  • If you think you might be pregnant after you have started taking the medicine, stop taking it and call your doctor right away.
  • Talk with your doctor before taking this medicine if you are breastfeeding.
  • A few patients have had liver damage or bone marrow problems caused by albendazole. Your doctor may want to test your blood regularly while you are taking this medicine to watch for these harmful effects. Try to keep all of the appointments that are made for you.
  • If you are taking albendazole for hookworms or whipworms, your doctor may want you to take iron supplements.
  • Pinworms are easily spread from one person to another. Have all other members of your household checked or treated. Wash all night clothes and bedding (such as sheets, pads, spreads and blankets) in hot water.

Albenza (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Unexplained fever, chills, or sore throat
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Rash or hives
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness, headache

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