Information about Diethylcarbamazine

Diethylcarbamazine Uses

Diethylcarbamazine is used in the treatment of worm infections and filariasis.

How Diethylcarbamazine works

Diethylcarbamazine belongs to a class of medications called anthelmintics. It kills the parasitic worms that cause parasitic worm infections as well as Filariasis. This helps to treat your infection.
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Expert advice for Diethylcarbamazine

  • You have been prescribed Diethylcarbamazine to treat a variety of parasitic worm infections.
  • It should be taken with food.
  • Your doctor may monitor your blood counts and liver function before you start taking this medicine and regularly throughout your treatment.
  • Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Inform your doctor if you develop signs of infection.
  • Do not skip doses and finish the prescribed course, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early may increase your risk of further infection.

Frequently asked questions for Diethylcarbamazine


Q. What is Diethylcarbamazine used for?

Diethylcarbamazine is used to treat parasitic worm infection and filariasis (elephantiasis). Filariasis is a disease in which swelling of arms, legs or other body parts may occur. Diethylcarbamazine is used to treat Bancroft's filariasis, eosinophilic lung, loiasis and river blindness (onchocerciasis).

Q. Can the use of Diethylcarbamazine cause drowsiness?

Yes, Diethylcarbamazine can make you feel drowsy. Avoid driving, operating on machinery, working at heights, or participating in potentially dangerous activities, especially during the initial days of your treatment. However, if your condition does not improve, consult your doctor.

Q. Is Diethylcarbamazine effective?

Diethylcarbamazine is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Diethylcarbamazine too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.

Q. Are there any specific contraindications associated with the use of Diethylcarbamazine?

The use of Diethylcarbamazine should be avoided in patients with known allergy to any other ingredients of this medicine. Also, patients who are suffering from asthma should refrain from using Diethylcarbamazine. Therefore, inform your doctor if you have or had any medical condition before starting your treatment with the medicine.

Q. What are the instructions for storage and disposal of Diethylcarbamazine?

Keep this medicine in the container or pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it as mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.

Q. How does Diethylcarbamazine work?

Diethylcarbamazine belongs to a class of medicines known as anthelmintics. It works by killing both the larval and adult forms of the parasitic worms that cause Filariasis.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Diethylcarbamazine?

If you forget a dose of Diethylcarbamazine, 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.

Q. Is Diethylcarbamazine safe?

Diethylcarbamazine 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.


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