VERMOX SUSPENSION

Active substance: MEBENDAZOLE

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VERMOX® SUSPENSION
Mebendazole

For other common worm infections:

one 5 ml measuring cup (or spoonful) of suspension two times a day (morning and
evening) for three consecutive days or as directed by your doctor

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even
if their symptoms are the same as yours
If you get side effects and they become serious or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist

If you take more Vermox® suspension than you should

If you take more Vermox® suspension than you should, talk to a doctor or go to the nearest
hospital casualty department straight away.

If you forget to take Vermox® suspension




In this leaflet

Do not take the missed dose
Take your next dose at the usual time, and then keep taking your medicine as your doctor
has told you
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose

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1. What Vermox suspension is and what it is used for
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2. Before you use Vermox suspension
3. How to use Vermox® suspension
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Vermox® suspension
6. Further information
7. Further advice regarding worms

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Vermox® suspension can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them.
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Stop using Vermox suspension and tell your doctor straight away if you notice or
suspect the following serious side effects. You may need urgent medical treatment.

1. What Vermox® suspension is and what it is used for

The name of your medicine is Vermox® suspension. It contains a medicine called
mebendazole. It is one of a group of medicines called ‘anthelmintics’.



Vermox suspension is used to treat worm infections of the gut such as:

threadworms (pinworms)

other common worm infections (such as whipworm, roundworm, hookworm)




Sudden swelling of your face or throat. Hives (also known as nettle rash or urticaria),
severe irritation, reddening or blistering of your skin. These may be signs of a severe
allergic reaction
Blistering of your skin, mouth, eyes and genitals
Fits (convulsions)

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following side effects:
This medicine is for use in adults and children aged over 2 years.
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You or your child has been advised to take Vermox suspension because you have a worm
infection. Worms can infect anyone. It does not necessarily mean that your hygiene is poor.
To stop you and your family infecting others or re-infecting yourselves, follow the advice below
for at least six weeks:

Keep nails short

Discourage nail biting or finger sucking

Wear pyjamas or underclothes in bed

In the mornings, wash your bottom thoroughly

Use a separate towel for each person in the house

Change clothes regularly

Wash and iron bed linen regularly

Wash hands and nails well after using the toilet and before meals

2. Before you use Vermox® suspension
Do not use Vermox® suspension if:

You are allergic to anything in Vermox® suspension (listed in section 6 below)

Your child is under 2 years old
Do not use this medicine if any of the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before using Vermox® suspension.

Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)

Stomach pain
Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100 people)

Stomach discomfort

Diarrhoea

Wind
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people)

Rash

Inflammation of the liver

Changes in liver enzymes (shown in blood tests)

Reduction in white blood cells (shown in blood tests). You may get more infections

Unusual hair loss

Dizziness
If you get side effects and they become serious or if you notice any other side effects not listed
in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

5. How to store Vermox® suspension
KEEP OUT OF THE REACH AND SIGHT OF CHILDREN

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without a prescription, herbal medicines,
dietary supplements or vitamins.
In particular tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:

Metronidazole - for certain infections

Cimetidine - for excess stomach acidity

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. These measures will
help protect the environment. Return any leftover Vermox® suspension to your pharmacist

Talk to your doctor before using Vermox suspension if you are taking any of these medicines.

6. Further Information

Pregnancy and breast-feeding


Do not use Vermox® suspension after the expiry date which is stated on the label. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month
There are no special storage conditions

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Shake well before use

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Do not take Vermox suspension if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or might
become pregnant
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you are breast-feeding

The active substance in Vermox® suspension is mebendazole. Each millilitre (ml) contains 20
mg of mebendazole.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine if you are pregnant or
breast-feeding.

The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, methyl
cellulose, methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl hydroxybenzoate (E216), sodium
laurilsulfate, citric acid monohydrate, banana flavour, sucrose and purified water.

Driving and using machines

What Vermox

This medicine is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.

Vermox suspension is a white banana flavoured liquid supplied in 30 ml brown glass bottles
with childproof caps and including a measuring spoon.

Important information about some of the ingredients of Vermox
suspension

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Vermox® suspension contains

Sucrose. If your doctor has told you that you are intolerant of some sugars, contact them
before taking this medicine

Methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) and propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216). This may
cause an allergic reaction. This reaction may happen some time after you have taken
Vermox suspension

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suspension looks like and contents of the pack

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3. How to use Vermox® suspension

Always use Vermox suspension exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Vermox® suspension is manufactured by Famar A.B.E., 7 Marinopoulou Street, Alimos, Attica,
Greece and procured within the E.U. and repackaged by the Product Licence holder Stephar
(UK) Limited, 3 Waveney Park, Hewett Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 0NN.
VERMOX is the registered trademark of Janssen-Cilag Limited.
PRODUCT LICENCE NUMBER:
Vermox suspension: PL 10256/0170
POM

VERM SUSP/S 14.01.2013-G
© STEPHAR (UK) LTD

Print Date: XX/XX/XXXX
Using this medicine

Take this medicine by mouth

The dose will depend on which type of worm you have

Always shake the bottle thoroughly before use

Use the 5 ml cup in the pack to measure the dose

Always supervise a child if they are taking this medicine

You do not need to use a laxative or change your diet

How much you should take
Adults and children over 2 years old
For threadworms (pinworms):

one 5 ml measuring cup (or spoonful) of suspension
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A single dose of Vermox suspension will kill threadworms. Your doctor may tell you to take a
second dose after 2 weeks in case of re-infection.

7. Further advice regarding worms
Threadworms (pinworms) produce large numbers of tiny eggs. They may be present in house
dust and can stick to clothing, carpets, towels and bed linen. They can also be picked up by
contact with someone who already has worms. Because the eggs are so small, it is very easy
for them to be swallowed. Then they pass into the bowel where they grow into worms. The
female lays her eggs at night around the bottom. It is this that causes the "itchy bottom" and
leads to scratching. The eggs are then transferred to the fingers and finger nails, and can easily
get into the mouth by finger sucking or nail biting. The life cycle of an adult worm can be as
long as six weeks.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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