Albendazole -the active ingredient in Albenza and Zentel- is an oral medication used to treat internal worm infections. Albendazole works to stop the spread of worm infections at the source, cutting off their energy source, effectively stopping the spread of further incursion. Nobody should have to deal with worms. Let the powerful Albendazole do it quickly and effectively for you.
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Generic Albendazole is classified as an anthelmintic, a type of drug made to kill and expel parasitic worms from the body. As a benzimidazole anthelmintic, Generic Albendazole works to target worm infestations, eliminating their spread, growth and contamination, and clears up any infection related complications. Generic Albendazole effectively starves contaminating worms, diminishing their ability to absorb sugar-causing them to simply die out. This medication works on a number of worm infestations including, but not limited to, tapeworms, capillariasis, roundworm, hookworms, pinworms, whipworms, and many other flatworms and nematodes. Generic Albendazole may also be used to treat Hydatid disease (echinococcosis), and pork tapeworm infections affecting the nervous system (neurocysticercosis). Always consult a medical professional before using Generic Albendazole for both traditional and alternative uses.
Generic Albendazole may also be marketed as:
Generic Albenza, Eskazole, Zentel, Alworm, and Andazol
Always follow your doctor's instructions and the directions on your prescription label when taking Generic Albendazole. Dose indications vary based on level and cause of infection.
The average dose of Generic Albendazole (400mg) pill for treatment of hydatid disease (tapeworm) and neurocysticercosis (pork worm) is one oral tablet administered twice daily for a period of 28 days. This dosage is indicated for patients weighing over 60 kg (132 lbs). Those under the indicated weight are asked to contact their doctor for a more appropriate dosage for their weight.
Prolonging treatment may be required should infection persist after the initial 28 days of drug administration. Patients must wait 14 days between stating a new cycle of administration. See your doctor before deciding to start a new cycle of the Generic Albendazole treatment. Unless a medical professional indicates otherwise, always complete a full treatment of this medication, even if you feel that infection has cleared before the 28 day period.
Always read the ingredients on the label before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction. Stop taking this medication and consult a doctor if you experience symptoms associated with allergies. Seek immediate medical assistance if you experience any of the following rare, but serious side effects: extreme fatigue or dizziness, loss of coordination, sore throat, fever, skin rash.
Consult a doctor if you experience any of the following less sever symptoms: abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, hair loss, dizziness, headache, vomiting, headaches.
Note that this is not an all-inclusive list of side effects. Consult a doctor for an extended understanding of the possible risks involved with taking Generic Albendazole.
Always consult your doctor of your medical history before embarking on a new medical treatment. Do not take Generic Albendazole if you have any known allergies to benzimidazole, or mebendazole. Consult your doctor if you have a history of the following conditions before taking this medication: biliary tract disorders, liver disease, cysticercosis involving the eye, blood disorders, and bone marrow disorders.
Consult a doctor if you are pregnant, looking to become pregnant or are breastfeeding while taking this medication. Proper adherence to suitable forms of birth control should be paramount; one should employ effective methods of birth control when on this plan, as well as the month following the termination of Generic Albendazole treatment to prevent forms of birth defects.
It is advised to limit alcohol consumption while taking Generic Albendazole, as combining this medication with alcohol may cause liver irritation. Avoid eating grapefruits or drinking grapefruit juice while taking this medication.
Inform your doctor of all prescription and herbal medications that you are taking before starting to use Generic Albendazole.
Do not take more than your recommended dosage of Generic Albendazole. If you forget to take your regularly scheduled dosage, take one as soon as you remember; however if it is nearly time for your next portion, do not double your dosage.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep away from children and pets.