Albenza

(albendazole)

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Treats infections caused by worms and parasites.

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Albenza (albendazole) is effective for treating tapeworm infections, but may cause serious liver, blood, and eye problems.

Quick facts about Albenza
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Very effective drug to treat infections caused by worms and other parasites.
  • Oral chewable tablets are available for children or people with swallowing difficulties.

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Downsides

  • A negative pregnancy test may be required prior to taking Albenza (albendazole).
  • This drug may cause harm to an unborn baby.
  • You may have more chance of getting an infection. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
  • You may bleed easily while taking Albenza (albendazole).
  • Using this medicine may increase your risk of side effects involving the eye when used to treat tapeworm infection in the brain.

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How it works

Albenza (albendazole) is an antiparasitic that kills worms and other parasites.

Quick facts about Albenza
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Tapeworms
  • Tapeworms in the brain
  • Parasitic infections

Dosage forms

  • Pill
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What to expect when you take Albenza (albendazole) for Tapeworm infection

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Side effect rates for Albenza (albendazole)

  • Elevated liver tests
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Reversible hair loss

Risks and Warnings for Albenza (albendazole)

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  • Albenza (albendazole) may stop your bone marrow from making some of the cells that your body needs. This may increase your chance of getting an infection, bleeding problems, or anemia. Tell your doctor right away about any fever, sore throat, signs of infection, bleeding, shortness of breath, or feeling tired.

Common concerns from people taking Albenza (albendazole)

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Food
  • Take with food.