What should I know before taking this drug
Additional information if any
Levamisole is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Levamisole pronounced as: lee-VAM-i-sole
Levamisole is an anti infective / anthelmintic drug.
Levamisole is used an anti nematode medication for the treatment of Ascarisis(roundworm) and Ancylostoma(hookworm) infection.
It is also used as an adjunctive drug in treatment of malignancies (eg. Colon cancer)
- Take Levamisole exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
- Take oral dose with or immediately after meal with a full glass (8 ounces) of water to avoid gastric upset.
- Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of medication. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely and may cause recurrence
- Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any prescription like anti convulsants( phenytoin), cimetidine, blood thinning drugs (warfarin) or OTC
- Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions as Levimasole should be used cautiously in the below mentioned conditions
- Blood disorders
- Renal diseases
- Any liver disease
- Consult your doctor regarding birth control measures to be adopted while on levamisole medication.
Do not take levamisole if you are suffering from blood disorder.
Pregnant woman: Levamisole belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that levamisole may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether levamisole passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take levamisole with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Other: Avoid using alcohol when on levamisole medication, as it causes antabuse, reaction characterised by severe abdominal pain, flushing, dizziness and headache.
Levamisole is available in the form tablet and suspension; your doctor will prescribe depending upon the condition and severity of the disease.
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
Levamisole is may cause the following side effects like
Consult your doctor immediately if you experience the following adverse effects
- Allergic reaction like swollen lips, shortness of breath, constricting sensation in the throat etc
- Neutropenia characterised by unexplained fever , sore throat, mouth ulcers etc
- Easy bruising and bleeding
Store levamisole at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any left over portion is disposed off safely.
- Strict hygienic measures and simultaneous treatment of all affected children in the family is advocated to cut down auto infection and person to person infection.
- You may be required to undergo complete blood counts and liver function test periodically to look for side effects.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 31, 2012