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What is benznidazole used to treat?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 30, 2020.

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Benznidazole is a nitroimidazole antimicrobial drug indicated for the treatment of Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) in children ages 2 to 12 years.

Chagas disease is also referred to as the "kissing bug" disease. The infection is caused by a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted by infected triatomine bugs.

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