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    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)