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Mebendazole is used in the treatment of parasitic worm infections

How it works

Mebendazole belongs to a class of medicines called as anti-helmintics. It acts by inhibiting glucose uptake by larvae and adult helminthes; thereby killing them.

Common side effects

Headache, Nausea, Fever, Hair loss, Vomiting, Abnormal liver function tests, Dizziness, Abdominal pain, Vertigo

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Expert advice

  • Do not take the medicine if you are allergic to it or to any other content in the medicine.
  • Avoid taking mebendazole If you are suffering from any brain disorder.
  • Take special precaution while taking mebendazole if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
  • This medicine is not recommended for children less than 2 years old.

Frequently asked questions



Does alcohol affect mebendazole?
The effect of alcohol on mebendazole is not known. However, it is advisable not to consume alcohol while taking mebendazole. Always consult your doctor regarding its use


Does mebendazole kill tapeworms/ roundworms/ pinworms?
Mebendazole is effective against tapeworms, roundworms, pinworms


Does mebendazole cause diarrhea?
Yes. Mebendazole causing diarrhea is uncommon.Consult your doctor if you experience such side effect.

Content on this page was last updated on 27 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)