Albenza is a brand name prescription drug. The generic name is albendazole. Albenza is prescribed to treat parasitic infections, specifically worms. Albenza cures infections caused by the dog tapeworm and the pig tapeworm. This medication is classified as an anti-hellmintic or anti-worm medication. Albenza can be prescribed for other conditions which are not described here.
Albenza cannot be taken if you are pregnant, and you should avoid getting pregnant for at least four weeks after albenza therapy. Albenza can cause an upset stomach, so take it with food. Before taking this medication discuss with your doctor any medical conditions you have, particularly liver disease. If you have liver disease you may require a modified dosage and special monitoring during treatment.
The US FDA categorizes drugs based on safety for pregnant women. Albenza is categorized as C. This indicates that this drug may cause harm to an unborn child, but you should discuss all risk factors with your doctor before taking this medication if you are expecting. Albenza can pass through breast milk to an infant. Do not take Albenza if you are nursing; discuss the safety with the pediatrician and your physician first.
Take this medication exactly as your doctor has prescribed it. If you have any questions about the instructions contact your doctor, pharmacist or nurse for clarification. Take this medication with food and a full glass of water to avoid or ease an upset stomach. Take all of the medication prescribed for you, even if they symptoms go away or you feel improved. Symptoms get better before the worm infection is destroyed, stopping medication too soon may cause a return of the worm infection. Treatment can last from 30 days to 3 months. Laxatives, enemas and fasting will not cure a worm infection. Store Albenza at room temperature, away from moisture.
A missed dose should be taken as soon as it is remembered. If it is almost time for the regularly scheduled dose, do not double the dose, and simply take the regularly scheduled does.
If you overdose seek medical attention immediately or call the poison control center in your area. There are no restrictions on food, beverages or activities while you take this medication unless otherwise indicated by your doctor.
A severe reaction indicates an allergy, to this drug, which may be life-threatening, seek emergency medical intervention. Allergic reaction presents as shortness of breath, hives, swelling of lips, throat, face or tongue, fainting or rash.
Side effects that can occur with this drug are abdominal pain, vomiting or nausea, headache, dizziness, or fever. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects. There are medications that can interact with Albenza, before taking Decadron, Hexadrol, Biltricide, Tagamet or Tagamet HB. These drugs can increase the level of Albenza in your blood stream, monitoring drug interactions and making dosage adjustments will be important. Other drugs may interact with this medication. Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter drugs including vitamins, herbal remedies and minerals.
As always, if you need more information, contact your physician or pharmacist regarding this medication.
Albenza (albendazole) is an orally administered broad-spectrum anthelmintic. Chemically it is Methyl 5-(propylthio)-2-benzimidazolecarbamate. Its molecular formula is C 12 H 15 N 3 O 2 S. Its molecular weight is 265.34. Albendazole is a white tco off-white powder. It is soluble in dimethylsulfoxide, strong acids and strong bases. It is slightly soluble in methanol, chloroform, ethyl acetate and acetonitrile. Albendazole is practically insoluble in water. Each white to off-white, film-coated tablet contains 200 mg of albendazole.
Albenza has the following structural formula: