Frequently asked questions for Albendazole
Q. Is Albendazole an antibiotic?Yes, Albendazole is an antibiotic medicine. It is used to treat various infections caused by worms. Albendazole should be taken only when prescribed by the doctor.
Q. What is Albendazole used for?Albendazole is used for the treatment of infections caused by helminths (worms) like pin worms/thread worms, roundworms, hookworms, whip worms, liver flukes and tapeworm infections. Along with that, the medicine has shown good activity against some organisms that can survive without oxygen too, like Giardia lamblia and Trichomonas vaginalis. Please consult your doctor before taking any treatment for worms as there could be many worms against which Albendazole would not be effective.
Q. How does Albendazole work?Albendazole works by killing the larva and the adult form of the worm by reducing the energy source (glucose) of the worms. This helps to decrease the mobility of the worms and they die eventually.
Q. What is the best time to take Albendazole?Albendazole should be taken exactly as advised by the doctor. Do not self-medicate. However, it may be given once or twice a day depending on the condition you are being treated for. It may be taken in the morning or evening. It is usually prescribed to be taken on an empty stomach but you may be asked to take it with food for treating some conditions. Follow your doctor’s advice carefully to get the most benefit.
Q. Does Albendazole kill eggs of the worms?No, Albendazole does not kill the eggs of the worms. It acts against the larva and the adult form of the worms only. You may have to take a second dose two weeks later, to lessen the chances of reinfection. Albendazole should be taken only as advised by the doctor. Consult your doctor if you have any doubts.
Q. Is Albendazole safe?Albendazole is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.
Q. Is Albendazole effective for treating pinworms?Yes, Albendazole an effective medicine which is used for the treatment of pinworms (Enterobius vermicularis). It shows active action against the larval and the adult stages of the worms. Consult your doctor before taking any medicines for worm infections.
Q. Is Albendazole an over the counter product?No, Albendazole is not an over the counter (OTC) product. It is a prescription medicine which means it can be bought with a valid prescription by a doctor only.
Q. Does Albendazole kill tapeworms?Albendazole can work against tapeworms like Hymenolepis nana and Taenia spp. Please consult your doctor before taking any medicine for worm infestations.
Q. Who should not take Albendazole?Albendazole should not be given to patients with known allergy to any other ingredients of this medicine, or any other similar medicines like mebendazole or thiabendazole, in the past. Signs of an allergic reaction may include an itchy skin rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face or tongue. Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions before taking the medicine. Also, let your doctor know about any other medicines that you may be taking for any other conditions, as they may affect or be affected by this medicine.
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Albendazole?If you forget a dose of Albendazole, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.