What is this medicine?
ALBENDAZOLE (al BEN da zole) is an antiparasitic. It is used to treat infections of tapeworms or other parasites.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. You can crush or chew this medicine and swallow with a drink of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with food. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think you are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
fever, chills, sore throat
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including the inside the mouth
signs and symptoms of liver injury like dark yellow or brown urine; general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms; light-colored stools; loss of appetite; nausea; right upper belly pain; unusually weak or tired; yellowing of the eyes or skin
unusual bleeding, bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
biliary tract blockage
low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
an unusual or allergic reaction to albendazole, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional as directed. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if you get new symptoms. You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
Do not become pregnant while taking this medicine or for 1 month after stopping it. Talk to your doctor about effective birth control methods. Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.
Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you have any change in your eyesight.
July 17, 2018