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    Diethylcarbamazine

    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 medication called anti-helminthic. It can act against both the larval and adult forms of the parasitic worms that cause filariasis.
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    Common side effects of diethylcarbamazine

    Headache, Dizziness, Vomiting, Abnormal liver function tests, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Hair loss, Fever, Vertigo
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    Written By
    Dr. Saleh Rifai
    BCMAS, Pharm.D
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    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    18 Feb 2020 | 05:21 PM (IST)
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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.
    • If you are unable to swallow the whole tablet, it may be crushed or chewed and swallowed with a full glass of water.
    • It can be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take it during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Use birth control measures to prevent pregnancy while taking Diethylcarbamazine.
    • 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

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    Q. What is Diethylcarbamazine used for?

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

    Q. How does Diethylcarbamazine work?

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

    Q. Is Diethylcarbamazine an antibiotic?

    Diethylcarbamazine is not an antibiotic. Diethylcarbamazine belongs to a class of medicines known as anthelminthic agents.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)