Albendazole is used to treat parasitic worm infections of the intestines and some other organs. It is also effective against individual unicellular organisms (protozoal infections, ex. Giardia) and belongs to a class of medicines called ‘Anti-helminthics.’...
Q: What else should I know before taking Albendazole?
Albendazole should not be used in pregnancy or if you are planning pregnancy. Women of childbearing age are advised to take this medicine during their first week of menstruation or after a negative pregnancy test. Women should also take measures not to conceive (become or try for pregnancy) until one month after stopping this medicine...
After starting the treatment, especially in brain infections, Albendazole will kill the parasites causing an immune response due to which a person can experience seizures(fits). Inform your doctor for necessary measures. Do not stop the treatment if this happens....
It is advised to take this medicine with meals. Swallow the tablet with a glass of water. You can crush or chew the tablet if swallowing is not feasible.
Q: I suspect worm infections for my kid; can I start him on Albendazole?
A: Albendazole should be used only under medical supervision. It can cause some severe side effects, and you are advised not to self medicate.
Albendazole can suppress the bone marrow and decrease blood cell counts. For this reason, it is advisable to stay away from cold or people suffering from cold, flu, or any other viral infections. When you are using Albendazole for liver infections, side effects may be severe.
Regular blood tests and close monitoring are mandatory with this medicine.
Liver function and blood tests need to be done before starting the treatment and once in every two weeks for each treatment cycle.
Treatment with this medicine may have to be discontinued temporarily or permanently based on these tests.