Praziquantel

Information about Praziquantel

Praziquantel uses

Praziquantel is used in the treatment of parasitic worm infections and schistosoma infections.

How praziquantel works

Praziquantel belongs to a class of medication called anthelmintics (anti-worm). It affects the permeability of the cell membrane thereby killing the  worms.
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Common side effects of praziquantel

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

Available Medicine for Praziquantel

No medicine available

Expert advice for Praziquantel

  • Inform your doctor if you have liver, kidney or heart problems or worm infection in the brain; history of seizures.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as praziquantel may cause sleepiness and may impair your ability to think or react.
  • Use praziquantel with caution if you are an elderly patient.
  • Praziquantel is not recommended in children below 4 years of age.

Frequently asked questions for Praziquantel

Praziquantel

Q. Is praziquantel an antibiotic?
No, praziquantel is not an antibiotic
Q. Is praziquantel over the counter/ safe for humans/ FDA approved?
Praziquantel is available only on prescription and is FDA approved. It is safe for humans at a dose and for a duration recommended by your doctor for your specific condition
Q. Does praziquantel kill roundworm/ tapeworm/ hookworm/ whipworm?
Praziquantel is known to kill roundworm/ tapeworm/ hookworm. It is not known to kill whipworm.

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