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Diethylcarbamazine

INFORMATION

Uses

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

How it works

Diethylcarbamazine belongs to a class of medication called anti-helminthic. It can act against both the larval and adult forms of the parasitic worms that cause filariasis.

Common side effects

Increased sensitivity to light, Rash, Blood in urine, Blurred vision, Convulsion, Decreased blood pressure, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Eye swelling, Eye irritation, Headache, Itching, Limb swelling, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Chest pain, Nausea, Stomach pain, Vertigo, Vomiting, Watery eyes, Weakness, Fatigue

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Expert advice

Do not take diethylcarbamazine:
  • If you have had a history of convulsions or epilepsy.
  • If you have kidney or heart problems.
  • If you are greater than 65 years of age.
  • If you are breast-feeding or pregnant.

Frequently asked questions

Diethylcarbamazine

Q.What is diethylcarbamazine used for?
Diethylcarbamazine is used to treat filariasis (elephantiasis), a disfiguring disease in which swelling of arms, legs or other body parts may occur. It is also used for topical eosinophilia, African eye worm or river blindness

Q.How does diethylcarbamazine work?
Diethylcarbamazine belongs to a class of medication call anti-helmintics. It can act against both the larval and adult forms of the parasitic worms that cause filariasis

Q.Is diethylcarbamazine an antibiotic?
Diethylcarbamazine is not an antibiotic. It is an anti-helmintics

Q.Is it effective?
It is effective only if used for an indication and a dose prescribed by your doctor.


Content on this page was last updated on 11 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)