ALBENDAZOLE

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Discription of Albendazole

Trade registered  name: Eskazole, Zentel

Function: anti-helminthic  drugs use for treating the following ailment;

  1. Trichinellosis: infestation by trichinella larvae that are transmitted by eating in-subsequent cooked meat (mostly pork); larvae move from the intestinal tract to the muscles where they finally settle and become encysted.
  2. Ascariasis: intestinal wall infection cause by Ascaris lumbricoides
  3. Enterobiasis: infection caused by the pinworm Enterobius vermicularis; occurs especially in children
  4. Hookworm infection: cause by Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale.
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Come in 400mg  tablets

Prescription

For treatment of Trichinellosis, strongyloidiasis

Children above  6 month and adult, should be given 400mg/day for 3 days

Children above  6 month but weigh bellow 10kg, should be given 200mg/day for 3 days

For treatment of Ascariasis, hookworm and enterobiasis Infection

Children above  6 month and adult, should be given 400mg for single dose

Children above  6 month but bellow 10kg, should be given 200mg for single dose

For treatment of enterobiasis case, after 2 to for week of the first dose, second dose can be administered to the patient.

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For treatment of Trichinellosis Infection

Children above  2 years, should be given 10mg/kg/day in 2 divided dose for 11 to 16 days

Adult should be given 800mg/day in 2 divided doses for 11 to 16 days

Precautions

Never administer the drugs to following patient;

Patient with a cysticerosis

Children less than six month

Adverse Effect

The following reaction may take place when taken the drugs

  1. Headache
  2. Gastrointestinal disturbance
  3. Dizziness
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The following may take place with a patient undiagnosed neurocyticercosis, headache and dizziness

A pregnant woman during her first trimester

But no contract indication when Breast feeding.

Advice

For the way the drugs should be taken, follow the manufactural instruction.

 Ivermectin is more sensitive in treating strongloidiasis

Storage; follow the manufactural instruction

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