What is Praziquantel used for?
Praziquantel (Biltricide) is used to treat parasitic infections such as liver flukes, clonorchis sinensis and tapeworms. Parasites and worm infections can be uncomfortable and may cause health issues. It works by paralyzing parasites which helps to safely remove them from the body.
Parasites can enter the body through contaminated water or food. Parasites live all over the world. You may be taking Praziquantel to treat other conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Praziquantel
Before taking your first dose of Praziquantel, carefully read the drug information provided with the product. If you have any questions contact your doctor or pharmacist so you know how to take it.
They are taken as directed, based on your condition, with food and lots of water. Do not chew or crush the tablets as the bitter taste can make you gag or vomit. If you cannot swallow the tablet it can be crushed and ingested with liquid or food.
Grapefruit can increase the chance of adverse effects. Avoid eating grapefruit or grapefruit products (like juice). If you do not notice any benefit, or if your conditions worsens, contact your doctor for medical advice.
Praziquantel Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Praziquantel, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Praziquantel to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
- severe abdominal or stomach pain
- disturbed color perception
- Change in walking and balance
- overbright appearance of lights
- swollen glands
- double vision
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
- red skin lesions, often with a purple center
- continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
- red, irritated eyes
- painful or difficult urination
- night blindness
- feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
- hives, itching, skin rash
- general tiredness and weakness
- hearing loss
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- stomach pain
- thickening of bronchial secretions
- difficulty swallowing
- troubled breathing
- loss of appetite
- bloody diarrhea
- yellow eyes and skin
- stomach discomfort with or without nausea
- chest pain or discomfort
- Black, tarry stools
- dark urine
- tightness in the chest
- tunnel vision
- difficulty with moving
- upper right abdominal pain
- redness of the skin
- lack or loss of strength
- muscle pains, cramps, or stiffness
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- weight loss
- light-colored stools
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
- blurred or loss of vision
- halos around lights
- joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
- dizziness or lightheadedness
- lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
- swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
- sore throat
- clumsiness or unsteadiness
- sensation of spinning
The following drugs are known to interact with Praziquantel. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications and herbal products) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
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. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.