Mebendazole

Pronunciation

Generic Name: mebendazole (me-BEN-da-zole)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Mebendazole is used for:

Treating certain worm infections (eg, pinworm, roundworm, whipworm, hookworm).

Mebendazole is an anthelmintic agent. It works by killing sensitive worms and causing them to be expelled from the body.

Do NOT use mebendazole if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in mebendazole

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using mebendazole:

Some medical conditions may interact with mebendazole. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have certain problems resulting from worm infection (eg, hydatid disease)
  • if others in your home also have worm infection

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with mebendazole. However, no specific interactions with mebendazole are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if mebendazole may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use mebendazole:

Use mebendazole as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with mebendazole. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Take mebendazole by mouth with or without food.
  • Chew thoroughly before swallowing. Mebendazole may also be crushed and mixed with food.
  • Wear tight underwear both day and night while taking mebendazole.
  • If you miss a dose of mebendazole, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use mebendazole.

Important safety information:

  • If your symptoms do not get better within 3 weeks, or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Pinworm infection spreads easily to family members and close contacts. To prevent reinfection: Disinfect toilet and change and wash underwear, bed linens, towels, clothes, and pajamas daily. Do not shake clothes, towels, or bed linens before washing. Wash hands with soap often during the day, especially before eating and after using the toilet. Do not scratch the infected area or place your fingers in your mouth. Wear shoes.
  • The entire household may need to be treated if one individual in the household has pinworms. Check with your doctor for more information.
  • For several days after treatment with mebendazole, clean the bedroom floor by vacuuming or damp mopping. Avoid dry sweeping because it may stir up dust.
  • LAB TESTS, including complete blood cell counts and liver function, may be performed while you use mebendazole. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Mebendazole should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: Mebendazole may cause harm to the fetus. Do not become pregnant while you are using it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using mebendazole while you are pregnant. It is not known if mebendazole is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use mebendazole, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of mebendazole:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; stomach pain.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; hoarseness; seizures; yellowing of the eyes or skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of mebendazole:

Store mebendazole at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep mebendazole out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about mebendazole, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Mebendazole is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take mebendazole or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about mebendazole. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to mebendazole. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using mebendazole.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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