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Molecule Description

Diethylcarbamazine is used to treat the filariasis.


Uses of Diethylcarbamazine

  • Filariasis disease caused by infection with wuchereria bancrofti, brugia malayi or brugia timori bacteria
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Tropical pulmonary eosinophilia
  • Loiasis (a nematode infestation)
  • Visceral larva migrans

Contraindications of Diethylcarbamazine

When should one not use Diethylcarbamazine

Do not take Diethylcarbamazine if you are allergic to it or have conditions including a history of epilepsy or convulsions, kidney or heart problems.

Side effects of Diethylcarbamazine

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal liver function tests
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hair loss
  • Fever
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Low blood pressure resulting in dizziness

Precautions and Warnings of Diethylcarbamazine



Can I take Diethylcarbamazine during pregnancy?
Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, consult with your doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Diethylcarbamazine while breastfeeding?
Excretion of this medicine in the breast milk is not known. Do not take this medicine if you are breastfeeding.


Can I drive if I have consumed Diethylcarbamazine?
Taking this medicine may lead to cause dizziness. Do not drive unless you feel well.


Can I consume alcohol with Diethylcarbamazine?
Do not take alcohol with taking this medicine as it may worsen the side effect of dizziness.

Mode of Action of Diethylcarbamazine

How Does It Work?

  • Filariasis disease caused by infection with wuchereria bancrofti, brugia malayi or brugia timori
  • Lymphatic filariasis
  • Tropical pulmonary eosinophilia
  • Loiasis (a nematode infestation)
  • Visceral larva migrans

Interactions of Diethylcarbamazine

Interactions with other medicines

Some medicines may interact with Diethylcarbamazine like Amodiaquine, Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine, and Primaquine because these medicines may decrease the blood concentration of Diethylcarbamazine...
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Interactions with food items

No food interaction has been reported.

Dosage of Diethylcarbamazine


Inform your doctor immediately in case of overdose. If you overdose with Diethylcarbamazine, immediately seek emergency medical help. Symptoms that have been reported are nausea, vomiting, drowsiness ...
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Missed a Dose

Take the missed dose as early as you remember. If the time for next dose is close, skip the missed dose and do not take extra medicine for the missed dose.

Content Details


Dr. Abhishek B L

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking this drug?

A: Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Also, mention to your doctor all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations and nutritional supplements that you may be taking before starting this medication.

Q: What special precautions should I take?

A: Use this medicine with caution in the elderly (more than 65 years of age) and very young children.

Q: When and how to consume the medicine?

A: Diethylcarbamazine is taken orally daily with food as prescribed by your doctor.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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