Vermox is the brand name for the generic medication mebendazole. Vermox is an antihelmintic, that is an anti-worm medication. It is used to rid the body of whipworm, pinworm, hookworm and roundworm. It also treats the infections that are caused by a combination of those worms in the body. Vermox can be prescribed for other conditions not described here.
Make sure you follow your doctor’s advice precisely when taking Vermox. Your doctor will also instruct you about disinfecting your house, washing clothes, linens, and towels. Pinworm is a highly contagious worm that is spread easily. Vermox tablets can be crushed, swallowed whole or chewed and can be mixed with food such as yogurt or applesauce.
Before taking Vermox, you should tell your doctor about any other medical conditions you may have. The US FDA categorizes drugs based on safety for pregnant women. Vermox 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. Vermox can pass through breast milk to an infant. Do not take Vermox if you are nursing; discuss the safety with the pediatrician and your physician first. Children who are under the age of two should not take Vermox, unless the doctor
Your doctor will tell you how to take Vermox, with a full glass of water. Take the entire course of treatment even if you begin to feel better. A worm infection may start to improve but not be completely cured until all medication is taken. The infection may take up to three days to be eliminated from the body. The amount of time it takes before the infection is cured depends on the how quickly your digestive tract eliminates waste and how responsive the particular worm is to Vermox. If the infection is not cured within three weeks your doctor may prescribe a second round of therapy. Fasting, purging or laxatives will not cure or help cure a worm infection. Family members or people you come into close contact with may also need treatment. To prevent re-infection, especially with pinworm, toilets need to be disinfected daily and clothing, towels, and linens need to be changed and washed daily. This medication should be stored 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. An overdose of this medication presents with symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Seek emergency medical attention if you believe you have overdosed on this medication.
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. Other side effects which may occur, but are not serious are abdominal pain, diarrhea and possible a fever. Some other side effects may occur. If you are experiencing troublesome side effects contact your doctor immediately.
Some medications can interact with this drug. Medications used to treat seizures may decrease the effectiveness of this drug. These medications include, but are not limited to Dilantin, Peganone, Mesantoin, and Tegretol. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of these drugs so that your dosage can be modified appropriately and you treatment monitored. Other drugs can interact with Vermox that are not listed here. Make sure you talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any other medication including over-the-counter, prescription, herbal, mineral or vitamin products.
As always, if you need more information, contact your physician or pharmacist regarding this medication.
VERMOX (mebendazole) is a (synthetic) broad-spectrum anthelmintic available as chewable tablets, each containing 100 mg of mebendazole. Inactive ingredients are: colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch, hydrogenated vegetable oil, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium saccharin, sodium starch glycolate, talc, tetrarome orange, and FD&C yellow No. 6. Mebendazole is methyl 5-benzoylbenzimidazole- 2-carbamate. Mebendazole is a white to slightly yellow powder with a molecular weight of 295.29. It is less than 0.05% soluble in water, dilute mineral acid solutions, alcohol, ether and chloroform, but is soluble in formic acid.
Vermox has the following structural formula: