Albenza (Albendazole) is prescribed to treat certain tapeworm infections (e.g., neurocysticercosis).
Albenza (Albendazole) is indicated to treat certain tapeworm infections.
This medication should be taken by mouth with meals, usually 1 to 2 times daily or as directed by the doctor. Dosage is based on the weight, medical condition, and response to treatment. This medication should be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Some conditions may require the patient to stop the medication for 2 weeks and then restart the medication. The patient should use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. The patient should continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection. Other medications (e.g., corticosteroids, anti-seizure medications) may also be prescribed for the current condition.
Albenza (Albendazole) may lead to certain side-effects: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, or temporary hair loss may occur.
Consultation should be done with the doctor in case of any of these side-effects: vision changes, yellowing eyes/skin, severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, unusual tiredness, easy bruising/bleeding, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), change in the amount of urine, severe/persistent headache, seizures, confusion, very stiff neck, rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Before using this medication, the doctor or pharmacist should be told about the medical history, especially of: liver disease, biliary tract problems (e.g., blockage), blood/bone marrow disorders.
Before using this medication, the doctor or pharmacist should be told about all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products the patient may use, especially of: cimetidine, praziquantel, theophylline.
In case of overdose the patient should contact the local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Before taking Albenza (Albendazole), consultation should be done with the doctor or pharmacist if: