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Albendazole: Medication for parasites

Albendazole is an antiparasitic medication widely used in the treatment of infections caused by intestinal parasites and giardia in children. This medication deforms the parasite and makes it impossible to survive within the human body.

This remedy can be purchased in conventional pharmacies as the trade name of Zentel, Parazin or Alben-G, in the form of pills or syrup.

Albendazole: Medication for parasites

What is it used for

Albendazole is an anti-helminthic and antiprotozoal and is indicated for the treatment against parasites such as Ascaris lumbricoides, Enterobius vermicularis, Necator americanus, Ancylostoma duodenale, Trichuris trichiura, Strongyloides stercoralis, Taenia spp. and Hymenolepis nana.

In addition, it may also be used in the treatment of opisthyschisis caused by Opisthorchis viverrini and cutaneous larva migrans, as well as giardiasis in children, caused by Giardia lamblia, G. duodenalis, G. intestinalis.

See what are the symptoms that indicate you have a parasitic worms.

How to take

The dosage of Albendazole varies according to the intestinal worm and the pharmaceutical medication. The pills may be chewed with the help of a little water, especially in children, and may also be crushed. In case of oral suspension, drink the liquid.

The recommended dose depends on the parasite causing the infection, as shown in the following table:

Type of parasitic wormAgeDoseTreatment duration

Ascaris lumbricoides

Necator americanus

Trichuris trichiura

Enterobius vermicularis ​​​​​​

​Ancylostoma duodenale

Adults and children above the age of 2400 mg or an oral suspension form of 40 mg/mL Single dose

Strongyloides stercoralis

Taenia spp.

Hymenolepis nana

Adults and children above the age of 2400 mg or an oral suspension form of 40 mg/mL 1 dose per day during 3 days

Giardia lamblia

G. duodenalis

G. intestinalis

Children between the age of 2 and 12 years of age400 mg or an oral suspension form of 40 mg/mL 1 dose per day during 5 days
Cutaneous Larva migrans Adults and children above the age of 2400 mg or an oral suspension form of 40 mg/mL 1 dose per day during 1 to 3 days 
Opisthorchis viverriniAdults and children above the age of 2400 mg or an oral suspension form of 40 mg/mL 2 doses per day during 3 days

All the people living in the same house must do the treatment.

Side Effects

Side effects include abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, fever and hives.

Who shouldn't take it

This medication is not indicated for pregnant women or who want to breastfeed. It is also important for people who have hypersensitivity to any components in the formula not to take this medication. 

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