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Package leaflet: Information for the user

© J-C 2014

GB - AW_96017

100mg/5ml oral suspension
Vermox is a registered trademark

Read all of this leaflet carefully
before you start using this

• 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

In this leaflet
1 What Vermox suspension is and
what it is used for
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

1 What Vermox suspension is and what it is used for
The name of your medicine is Vermox
100 mg/5 ml oral suspension (referred
to as Vermox suspension in this leaflet).
It contains a medicine called mebendazole.
It is one of a group of medicines called
Vermox suspension is used to treat worm
infections of the gut such as:
• threadworms (pinworms)
• other common worm infections
(such as whipworm, roundworm,
This medicine is for use in adults and
children aged over 2 years.

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
• 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

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.

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

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

Driving and using machines

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

Important information about
some of the ingredients
of Vermox suspension

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

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

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

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

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.

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
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.
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

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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

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

© J-C 2014

GB - AW_96017

4 Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Vermox suspension can
cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.
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
• 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
• Fits (convulsions)
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
notice any of the following side effects:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
• Stomach pain

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

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects
directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety
of this medicine.

Uncommon (affects less than 1 in 100
• Stomach discomfort
• Diarrhoea
• Wind

5 How to store Vermox suspension
• Keep out of the reach and sight
of children
• Shake well before use
• 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.
• 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

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

Vermox suspension is made by:

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


What Vermox suspension looks
like and contents of the pack
Vermox suspension is a white banana
flavoured liquid supplied in 30 ml bottles
with a measuring cup marked for 2.5 ml
and 5 ml.

Janssen Pharmaceutica NV,
Turnhoutseweg 30, B-2340 Beerse, Belgium
McGregor Cory Limited, Middleton Close,
Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 4RS, UK

For information in large
print, tape, CD or Braille,
telephone 0800 7318450.
This leaflet was last revised in August 2014

The product licence is held by:

JANSSEN-CILAG LTD, 50-100 Holmers
Farm Way, High Wycombe,
Buckinghamshire HP12 4EG, UK

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.

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The life cycle of an adult worm can be as
long as six weeks.

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