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    Information about Praziquantel

    Praziquantel uses

    Praziquantel is used in the treatment of 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.

    Common side effects of praziquantel

    Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Abnormal liver function tests, Hair loss, Fever, Dizziness, Abdominal pain, Vertigo
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Saleh Rifai
    BCMAS, Pharm.D
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Available Medicine for Praziquantel

    Expert advice for Praziquantel

    • You have been prescribed Praziquantel 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 Praziquantel.
    • 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 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 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)