Generic Name: thiabendazole (thye-a-BEN-da-zole)
Brand Name: Mintezol
Thiabendazole suspension is used for:
Treating worm infections. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Thiabendazole suspension is an anthelmintic. The exact way thiabendazole suspension works is unknown. It is thought to work by blocking egg and larva production. It may also block a certain enzyme needed by the parasite.
Do NOT use thiabendazole suspension if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in thiabendazole suspension
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using thiabendazole suspension:
Some medical conditions may interact with thiabendazole suspension. 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 liver or kidney problems
- if you have anemia or improper nutrition or you are dehydrated
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with thiabendazole suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Xanthine derivatives (eg, theophylline) because side effects, including risk of nausea, vomiting, heart problems, or seizures, may be increased by thiabendazole suspension
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if thiabendazole suspension 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 thiabendazole suspension:
Use thiabendazole suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take thiabendazole suspension after meals.
- Shake well before using.
- Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
- To clear up your infection completely, continue using thiabendazole suspension for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
- If you miss a dose of thiabendazole suspension, 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 thiabendazole suspension.
Important safety information:
- Thiabendazole suspension may cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, or lightheadedness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to thiabendazole suspension. Using thiabendazole suspension alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
- Strict hygiene is essential to prevent reinfection. To prevent getting this infection again, disinfect toilet facilities daily and change and wash underwear, bed linens, towels, and pajamas daily.
- Pinworm infections are easily spread to others. If one family member has a pinworm infection, all family members in close contact with the patient should be treated. This decreases the chance of spreading the infection.
- Do not use thiabendazole suspension to prevent worm infestations.
- Thiabendazole suspension may cause high blood sugar (eg, thirst, increased urination, confusion, drowsiness, flushing, rapid breathing, fruity breath odor). If these symptoms occur, tell your doctor immediately.
- LAB TESTS, including liver function tests, may be performed to monitor your progress. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use thiabendazole suspension with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Use thiabendazole suspension with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 4 years of age or who weigh less than 30 pounds (13.6 kg). Safety and effectiveness in these age and weight groups have not been established.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using thiabendazole suspension during pregnancy. It is unknown if thiabendazole suspension is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking thiabendazole suspension.
Possible side effects of thiabendazole suspension:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Appetite loss; bad urine odor; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry eyes; giddiness; headache; indigestion; irritability; nausea; sensation of floating; stomach upset or pain; tiredness; vomiting; weakness; worms in mouth or nose.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in urine; blurred vision; change in vision; chills; collapse; confusion; dark urine; depression; enlarged lymph nodes; flushing; hoarseness; increased thirst or urination; loss of coordination; numbness; red, swollen, or blistered skin; ringing in the ears; seizures; severe stomach pain; sore throat or fever; strange feeling in your eyes; uncontrolled urination; vision tinged yellow; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
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. Symptoms may include changes in vision or personality; mental/mood changes.Proper storage of thiabendazole suspension:
Store thiabendazole suspension 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 thiabendazole suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about thiabendazole suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Thiabendazole suspension 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.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about thiabendazole suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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.