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Albendazole (Albenza)

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    What is Albendazole?

    Albendazole is an oral prescription medicine used as an anthelmintic (anti-worm) drug. It treats infections caused by tapeworm infection and other parasites. The brand name product is called Albenza. The dosage form available is 200 mg oral tablet in both generic and brand form.

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    Albendazole (Albenza) Information

    What is the dosage of Albendazole?

    The dose of albendazole for treating hydatid disease of the liver, lung, and peritoneum is 400 mg twice a day. It is taken with meals for 28 days. The dose is usually not more than 800 mg per day.

    The dose is 400 mg twice a day for treating neurocysticercosis, with meals and food for 8 to 30 days. Your dose is based on body weight and indication. Ask your doctor for the exact dosage of your medication.

    How Albendazole works?

    Albendazole binds to the β-tubulin protein inhibiting their polymerization into microtubules in the worm. In other words, it works by decreasing the ability of parasites to absorb glucose. This will prevent parasites from creating food or energy, which results in death of the parasite.

    It is an anthelmintic that stops parasites from growing or multiplying in the body. These parasites or worms produce cysts in the organs and infection in the brain.

    What Albendazole is used for?

    Albendazole is an anthelmintic used to treat neurocysticercosis (a brain infection) due to lesions caused by the pork tapeworm, a tapeworm that causes parasitic infections. It is also used to treat hydatid disease (cystic infection) of the liver, lung, and peritoneum caused by dog tapeworm. It is effective against the larval forms of pork tapeworms and dog tapeworms.

    The tablets may be crushed or chewed and swallowed with water and food. Your physician will ask you to get regular blood tests conducted during treatment to assess your tolerance.

    Before Albendazole is prescribed

    Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking albendazole for help with managing your medications. You should tell your doctor about any health conditions you have as this drug can weaken your immune system. Other organs may also be affected if you have liver problems, eye problems, and are predisposed to seizures.

    Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Albendazole may harm an unborn baby. You may be required to take a negative pregnancy test before treatment.

    Provide information about any medications, either prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal products you take. This can prevent drug interactions and allergic reactions.

    What are the precautions and warnings of Albendazole?

    Albendazole may compromise your immune system and cause serious health issues. This drug may lower your white blood cells (WBC). It is advised for a patient with a history of liver problems to have blood tests done regularly to monitor WBC count.

    It may cause congenital disabilities. In the event of a brain infection during treatment may result in symptoms like seizures, brain pressure, and focal signs. Brain infection may also cause damages to the retina, and the effect of albendazole will interact with this symptom.

    Tell your doctor about any signs of vision problems. A doctor will recommend an eye examination in determining how to manage therapy.

    If you miss a dose, you can take it when you remember. You can skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Store at room temperature, away from children and animals, when not in use.

    Always read and understand the medication guide provided with the product before you begin taking albendazole. When you buy albendazole online from Your Canada Drug Store, we always send the products in the manufacturer’s packaging.

    What are the side effects of Albendazole?

    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Vertigo
    • Hair loss (alopecia)
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Blurred vision
    • Liver problems (abnormal liver function tests)
    • Blood and immune system problems (low WBC count)

    To manage your treatment with albendazole. Regularly monitor your blood count and tell your doctor about any signs of debilitating side effects and abnormal test results.
    Report side effects to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable, call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. We also have a pharmacist that can provide counselling when you buy albendazole online.

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    Albendazole (Albenza) FAQs

    Can Albendazole give you diarrhea?

    The use of Albendazole may lead to diarrhea. It may also increase the risk of diarrheal infections. However, it has also been studied as a treatment for children with diarrheal infections, which showed an improvement in symptoms and shorter duration of diarrhea.

    Side effects can vary depending on the individual and the condition being treated. It is recommended to consult your doctor if diarrhea persists and becomes a concern.

    Can Albendazole be taken without food?

    A person's stomach can have a different gastric pH, or acidity level, at any given time. This results in different absorption rates among people when the drug is taken on an empty stomach.

    Food increases the stomach’s acidity and makes albendazole more absorbable. Fatty foods will better assist the absorption of the medicine. In some cases, it can be taken on an empty stomach if the target of infection is intestinal parasites. It is best to follow the directions of your doctor, depending on your diagnosis.

    Will Albendazole kill tapeworms?

    Albendazole treats parasitic infections, including tapeworms. The parasites are unable to sustain themselves in your body and eventually die.

    Disclaimer: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. You require your doctor's approval prior to buying or using Prescription Drugs sold here. We do have a pharmacist on staff if your doctor is unavailable to provide medical advice when you buy Albendazole online. Do not use the information here to ignore or contradict advice provided by a licensed medical professional. Always seek medical advice if you have any questions or concerns about this medication.