Albendazole is used to treat neurocysticercosis (infection caused by the pork tapeworm in the muscles, brain, and eyes that may cause seizures, brain swelling, and vision problems). It is also used along with surgery to treat cystic hydatid disease (infection caused by the dog tapeworm in the liver, lung, and lining of the abdomen that may damage these organs). It is in a class of medications called antihelmintics. It works by killing the worm.
Ivermectin is a broad-spectrum antiparasitic agent, traditionally against parasitic worms. It is mainly used in humans in the treatment of onchocerciasis (river blindness), but is also effective against other worm infestations (such as strongyloidiasis, ascariasis, trichuriasis, filariasis and enterobiasis), and some epidermal parasitic skin diseases, including scabies.
In case of Albendazole:
- Keep an eye on blood cell counts as well as the functioning of the liver at the start of each 28-day cycle of treatment and every 2 week during treatment period. Stop treatment if liver enzymes are considerably amplified.
- To make sure albendazole is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- Liver disease; or
- Bone marrow suppression
- In case of missed dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip it if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
In case of Ivermectin:
- Before taking ivermectin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it;
- In case of overdose of ivermectin, contact your local poison control center , or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include abnormal skin sensations; diarrhea; loss of coordination; nausea; seizures; severe headache or dizziness; stomach pain; swelling; trouble breathing; unusual weakness; vomiting.
- Children < 5 years
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Disclaimer:To be taken only after consulting with the doctor.