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Biltricide

Generic Name: praziquantel (PRAZ i KWON tel)
Brand Name: Biltricide

Medically reviewed on June 15, 2018

What is Biltricide?

Biltricide is an anthelmintic (an-thel-MIN-tik) or anti-worm medication. It prevents newly hatched insect larvae (worms) from growing or multiplying in your body.

Biltricide is used to treat infections caused by Schistosoma worms, which enter the body through skin that has come into contact with contaminated water. Schistosoma worms are found in Africa, South America, Middle Eastern countries, the Caribbean, and parts of Asia.

Biltricide is also used to treat infection with liver flukes, caused by a type of worm found in East Asia. This worm enters the body while eating contaminated fish.

Biltricide should not be used to treat parasitic infections in the eye.

Biltricide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not take Biltricide if you are allergic to Biltricide, or if you have take rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate) in the last 4 weeks.

Before taking Biltricide, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, heart disease, liver disease, or a history of seizures or epilepsy.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old.

Biltricide may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Biltricide should be taken with a meal.

Do not crush or chew the Biltricide tablet. Swallow the pill whole.

Take this medication with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.

Before taking this medicine

You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to Biltricide, or if you have take rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate) in the last 4 weeks.

To make sure you can safely take Biltricide, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • headaches, confusion;

  • seizures (or a history of seizures or epilepsy);

  • lumps (nodules) under your skin;

  • kidney disease;

  • heart disease; or

  • liver disease.

FDA pregnancy category B. Biltricide is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Praziquantel can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old.

How should I take Biltricide?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Take this medication with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.

Biltricide is usually taken 3 times in one day. Your doses should be taken 4 to 6 hours apart on that day.

Biltricide should be taken with a meal.

You may need to break a Biltricide tablet in order to get the correct dose. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Do not crush or chew the Biltricide tablet or portion of a tablet. Swallow the pill whole.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Biltricide?

Biltricide may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Biltricide and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.

Biltricide side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Biltricide?

Tell your doctor about all other medications you are using, especially:

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Biltricide. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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