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Pyrantel Pamoate



Pyrantel pamoate is used to treat infections due to worms like pinworm, roundworm and hookworm.

How it works

Pyrantel pamoate belongs to a class of drugs called anthelmintic. It works by causing paralysis of worms thereby expelling them out of the body.

Common side effects

Nausea, Drowsiness, Abdominal cramp, Abnormal liver function tests, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Headache, Insomnia, Loss of appetite, Skin rash, Vomiting, Weakness


Expert advice

• Exercise caution if you have a history of liver disease. 
• Take precautions if you suffer from severe malnutrition or anemia.
• Take extra care to prevent the spread of infections to other family members by following hygiene practices. 
• Do not drive, operate machinery as pyrantel pamoate may cause dizziness.
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Should not be administered to patients who are allergic to pyrantel pamoate or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions

Pyrantel Pamoate

Q. Is pyrantel pamoate safe and effective?
Pyrantel pamoate is safe and effective at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is pyrantel pamoate the same as ivermectin?
Pyrantel pamoate and ivermectin are used to treat worms but they belong to different chemical classes. Pyrantel pamoate is effective against hookworms and roundworms whereas ivermectin treats river blindness.

Q. Is pyrantel pamoate sulfa drug?
 Pyrantel pamoate is not a sulfa drug.

Content on this page was last updated on 18 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)