Albendazole is an anthelmintic (an-thel-MIN-tik) or anti-worm medication. It prevents newly hatched insect larvae (worms) from growing or multiplying in your body. It is a benzimidazole drug used for the treatment of a variety of parasitic worm infestations.
• Molecular Formula: C12H15N3O2S
• Average mass: 265.331 Da
• Monoisotopic mass: 265.088501 Da
• Systematic name
Methyl [5-(propylsulfanyl)-1H-benzimidazol-2-yl] carbonate
It is effective treatment against:
• Enterobiasis (pinworm infection)
• Cutaneous larva migrans (caused by Ancylostoma)
WHEN NOT TO USE!!
• When you are allergic to albendazole, or to similar medications such as mebendazole (Vermox).
• If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant during treatment. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using albendazole, and for at least 1 month after your treatment ends
• liver disease
• if you have ever had abnormal liver function tests
Treatment by Condition Related to albendazole
• Infection caused by Microsporida Parasite Medications
• Infection caused by Baylisascaris Worm Medications
• Infection that causes Diarrhea – Giardiasis Medications
• Infection caused by Worms – Clonorchiasis Medications
• Tapeworm Infection of the Liver – Echinococcus Granulosus Medication
• Skin Lesion caused by Worms Medications
Albendazole side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
• signs of bone marrow suppression–sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, sore throat, mouth sores, red or swollen gums, trouble swallowing, easy bruising or bleeding; or
• Liver problems–nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Common side effects may include:
• stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
• dizziness, spinning sensation;
• headache; or
• Temporary hair loss.