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.
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 worm||Age||Dose||Treatment duration|
|Adults and children above the age of 2||400 mg or an oral suspension form of 40 mg/mL||Single dose|
|Adults and children above the age of 2||400 mg or an oral suspension form of 40 mg/mL||1 dose per day during 3 days|
|Children between the age of 2 and 12 years of age||400 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 2||400 mg or an oral suspension form of 40 mg/mL||1 dose per day during 1 to 3 days|
|Opisthorchis viverrini||Adults and children above the age of 2||400 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 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.