Albendazole: what it is for and how to take it

Albendazole is an antiparasitic medicine widely used to treat infections caused by various intestinal and tissue parasites and giardiasis in children.

This medicine can be purchased in conventional pharmacies as the trade name of Zentel, Parazin, Monozol or Albentel, in the form of pills or syrup, upon presentation of a prescription.

What is it for

Albendazole is a remedy with anthelmintic and antiprotozoal activity and is indicated for the treatment against the parasites Ascaris lumbricoides , Enterobius vermicularis , Necator americanus , Ancylostoma duodenale , Trichuris trichiura , Strongyloides stercoralis , Taenia spp. and Hymenolepis nana .

In addition, it can also be used in the treatment of opistorchiasis, caused by Opisthorchis viverrini and against cutaneous larva migrans, as well as giardiasis in children, caused by Giardia lamblia, G. duodenalis, G. intestinalis.

Learn to identify the  symptoms that may indicate the presence of worms .

How to take

The dose of Albendazole varies according to the intestinal worm and the pharmaceutical form in question. The tablets can be chewed with the help of a little water, especially in children, and can also be crushed. In the case of oral suspension, just drink the liquid.

The recommended dose depends on the parasite that is causing the infection, according to the following table:

Indications Age Dose Period
Ascaris lumbricoidesNecator americanusTrichuris trichiuraEnterobius vermicularis ​​​​​​​Ancylostoma duodenale Adults and children over 2 years old 400 mg or a 40 mg / ml vial of the suspension Single dose
Strongyloides stercoralisTaenia spp.Hymenolepis nana Adults and children over 2 years old 400 mg or a 40 mg / ml vial of the suspension 1 dose per day for 3 days
Giardia lambliaG. duodenalisG. intestinalis Children from 2 to 12 years old 400 mg or a 40 mg / ml vial of the suspension 1 dose per day for 5 days
Cutaneous larva migrans Adults and children over 2 years old 400 mg or a 40 mg / ml vial of the suspension 1 dose per day for 1 to 3 days
opisthorchis viverrini Adults and children over 2 years old 400 mg or a 40 mg / ml vial of the suspension 2 doses a day for 3 days

All elements living in the same house must undergo treatment.

Possible side effects

Side effects include abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, fever and hives.

Who should not take

This medicine is contraindicated for pregnant women, women who wish to become pregnant or who are breastfeeding. In addition, it should also not be used by people with hypersensitivity to any of the components present in the formula.

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