Albenza is an anthelmintic that is used to cure certain types of tapeworm infections.
Mode of Application
The best way to take Albendazole is as recommended by your doctor. The tablet is to be swallowed whole without crushing or chewing with a glass of water.
Drug Class & Mechanism
Albenza is an anthelmintic that works by killing sensitive parasites.
If you miss a dose of Albendazole, then you may take it as soon as you remember and adjust the remaining doses accordingly. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose then you may skip this dose and continue with the regular dosage. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
Store it at room temperature (between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in an air tight container protecting it from direct exposure to light, heat and moisture. Keep away from pets and children.
Do not take Albenza if you are allergic to any ingredient in it or to benzimidazoles.
Albenza causes drowsiness and the effect may be aggravated with alcohol or certain medications. Do not drive or perform other hazardous tasks until you know how to react to the drug.
Albendazole may rarely weaken your immune system making you more prone to small infections like the common cold, cough and flu. So avoid contact with people suffering from this when you are taking albendazole.
Women must maintain utmost caution while taking Albendazole. You must not take the drug if you are pregnant. Alternatively, you must not become pregnant while taking the drug.
The drug may cause birth defects in the baby.
If you are having sex while using the drug, then use at least 2 different types of contraceptives 1 month before, during and 1 month after using Albendazole to prevent a pregnancy.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you are, then stop using Albendazole. It is unknown whether Albendazole is secreted in breast milk. Avoid breast feeding while using the drug.
Common side effects include headache, nausea, stomach pain and vomiting. You may seek medical attention if these symptoms do not subside or become bothersome.
In certain severe cases, allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest), fever, decreased urination, dark colored urine, swollen and blistered skin, peeling skin, fatigue, vision problems, unusual bleeding, headache and yellowing of the skin and eyes may be observed.