Generic name: Benznidazole Tablets (benz NID a zole)
Drug class: Miscellaneous antibiotics
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 10, 2020.
Uses of Benznidazole Tablets:
- It is used to treat Chagas disease.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Benznidazole Tablets?
- If your child is allergic to this medicine (benznidazole tablets); any part of this medicine (benznidazole tablets); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had.
- If your child has taken disulfiram within the past 2 weeks.
If your child is breast-feeding a baby:
- Be sure your child does not breast-feed a baby while taking this medicine (benznidazole tablets).
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (benznidazole tablets).
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child's drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this medicine (benznidazole tablets) with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Benznidazole Tablets?
- Tell all of your child's health care providers that your child is taking this medicine (benznidazole tablets). This includes your child's doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- If your child's weight changes, talk with the doctor. The dose of this medicine (benznidazole tablets) may need to be changed.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- A drug like this one has been shown to cause cancer in mice and rats. This effect has not been seen with this medicine (benznidazole tablets). If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- A severe and sometimes deadly reaction has happened. Most of the time, this reaction has signs like fever, rash, or swollen glands with problems in body organs like the liver, kidney, blood, heart, muscles and joints, or lungs. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- If your child is of childbearing age, a pregnancy test will need to be done before starting this medicine (benznidazole tablets) to make sure she is not pregnant.
- This medicine has caused fertility problems in male rats. This went back to normal some time after stopping this medicine (benznidazole tablets). It is not known if this will happen in humans.
If your child is or may be sexually active:
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if your child takes it during pregnancy.
- Have your child use birth control while taking this medicine (benznidazole tablets) and for some time after the last dose. Ask the doctor how long your child must use birth control. If your child becomes pregnant, call the doctor right away.
How is this medicine (Benznidazole Tablets) best taken?
- Give this medicine (benznidazole tablets) with or without food.
- If needed, this medicine (benznidazole tablets) may be mixed in water to make a slurry. Follow how to mix as you have been told by the doctor.
100 mg tablet:
- The tablet may be broken if the doctor tells you to.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your child's next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child's normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child's doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Swollen gland.
- A very bad skin reaction (toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if your child has signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in the mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- Nerve problems have happened with this medicine (benznidazole tablets). These may take several months to get better after this medicine (benznidazole tablets) is stopped. Call your child's doctor right away if your child has any burning, numbness, or tingling.
- Low blood cell counts have happened with this medicine (benznidazole tablets). If blood cell counts get very low, this can lead to bleeding problems, infections, or anemia. Call your child's doctor right away if your child has signs of infection like fever, chills, or sore throat; any unexplained bruising or bleeding; or if your child feels very tired or weak.
What are some other side effects of Benznidazole Tablets?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child's doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child's doctor. Call your child's doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Benznidazole Tablets?
- Store at room temperature in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep lid tightly closed.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your child's symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child's doctor.
- Do not share your child's drug with others and do not give anyone else's drug to your child.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this medicine (benznidazole tablets), please talk with your child's doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (benznidazole tablets), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
- This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine (benznidazole tablets) or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. 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 (benznidazole tablets). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine (benznidazole tablets). This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine (benznidazole tablets).
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- En Español
- Drug class: miscellaneous antibiotics
- FDA Approval History
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