What should I know before taking this drug
Additional information if any
Mebendazole is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Mebendazole is pronounced as: me-BEN-da-zole
Mebendazole is an anti-infective drug. It belongs to group called anthelmintics.
Common uses of mebendazole
Mebendazole is used in the treatment of worm infestations caused by pin worm, thread worm, hook worm, tape worm, etc
How to use mebendazole
Take mebendazole 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 at regular intervals as prescribed by your doctor.
Mebendazole tablets can be taken as a whole or chewed or crushed and mixed with food.
Follow the medication schedule as advised by your doctor for complete cure of the disease and prevent reinfection.
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 epileptic drugs like carbamazepine, phenytion etc, cimetidine, or OTC
- Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions as Mebendazole should be used cautiously in the below mentioned conditions
- liver diseases
- low blood counts
Do not take mebendazole if you are hypersensitive to it.
Children: Mebendazole should not be given to infants and children less than 2 years.
Pregnant woman: Mebendazole belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that mebendazole 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 mebendazole passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take mebendazole with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Mebendazole is available in the form tablet and suspension; your doctor will prescribe depending upon the 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.
The overdosage symptoms of mebendazole are
- Abdominal pain
The following are the side effects for mebendazole
- nausea and vomiting
- abdominal pain
When mebendazole is given for prolonged period you may experience following side effects like
- Loss of hair
- Allergic reaction
- Elevation of liver enzymes
Consult your doctor immediately if you experience the following adverse effects which are usually seen when mebendazole medication is taken for a long time
- Allergic reaction like swollen lips, shortness of breath, constricting sensation in the throat etc
- Hair loss
Store mebendazole 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.
- Mebendazole can cause dizziness. Therefore avoid activities which require you to be alert. Alcohol may increase this effect. Therefore avoid alcohol when on Mebendazole medication.
- Strict hygienic measures and simultaneous treatment of all affected family members is advocated to cut down auto infection and person to person infection.
- Follow routine hygienic measures like washing hands after going to toilet and before handling eatables, wash vegetables thoroughly before cooking strictly.
- After the treatment wash your bed clothing and night dress thoroughly to prevent re 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