ATC categoryAntiparasitic agents
Albendazole is anthelmintic drug, which has activity against some types of worms, which parasitize in humans.
Albendazole is used for the treatment of enterobiasis, ancylostomiasis, necatoriasis, hymenolepsiasis, taeniasis, strongyloidiasis, ascariasis, trichuriasis, clonorchiasis, opisthorchiasis, cutaneous larva migrans, giardiasis in children, cystic echinococcosis, alveolar echinococcosis, neurocysticercosis, hepaticolosis, gnathostomiasis, trichinosis, toxocariasis.
Don’t take Albendazole:
Don’t take Albendazole if you have any of conditions listed above.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Albendazole, if.
Your doctor may undertake tests for liver function and blood tests before starting treatment with Albendazole and during treatment.
If you consider, that any of this conditions relates to you, or if you have any questions or doubts about administration of this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Children and adolescent
Albendazole is contraindicated to children and adolescents with body weight less than 60 kg.
Though clinical trials were carried out with taking Albendazole in adolescents and children over 6 years with body weight less than 60 kg, Albendazole use in 400 mg dosage for children under 6 years is limited.
Taking other medicines with Albendazole
You should always tell your doctor or pharmacist if you use other medicines regularly, have used other medicines recently or wish to use other medicines at the same time as Albendazole.
You should inform your doctor, if you are taking any of these drugs.
Taking Albendazole with food and drinks
If you are taking Albendazole, you should not take grapefruit or grapefruit juice, as it can lead to increased levels of albendazole in blood.
If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask you doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. In women with child-bearing potential treatment should be started only after a negative pregnancy test
Women with child-bearing potential, who are taking Albendazole, need to use adequate contraception along the whole treatment up to first menstruation after therapy ending.
It is contraindicated to use hormonal contraceptives during treatment with Albendazole. You can start to plan pregnancy only in a month after administration of the last dose of Albendazole.
It is not known whether albendazole or its metabolites are secreted in human breast milk. Talk to your doctor before starting to take Albendazole in breast feeding period.
If you are breast feeding or planning to breast feed, immediately inform your doctor about it.
This drug can cause side effects, which may affect you ability to drive and use machines. Before getting behind the wheel or using machines, make sure, that your reactions are normal.
Important information about some ingredients of Albendazole
Albendazole contains lactose monohydrate. If your doctor has told you, that you have intolerance to some types of sugar, consult with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
You should always take Albendazole as prescribed by your doctor. If you have any doubts about administration of this drug, you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
The recommended dose of Albendazole is as follows:
Intestinal parasites and cutaneous Larva Migrans
Dose and Period
Enterobiasis, ancylostomiasis, ascariasis, trichuriasis, necatoriasis
Adults and children over 6 years
400 mg as a single dose.
Strongyloidiasis, taeniasis, hymenolepsiasis
400 mg, one dose per day for 3 days. In cases of proven Hymenolepiasis, retreatment in
10-21 days is recommended.
400 mg, two doses per day for 3 days.
Cutaneous Larva Migrans
400 mg, one dose per day from 1 to 3 days.
Only for 6-12 years old children
400 mg, one dose per day for 5 days.
Systemic helminthic infections (long-term treatment with higher doses)
Dosage regimen must be set individually depending on patient’s age, body weight and severity of infection.
28 days. In inoperable form three 28-day treatment cycles are recommended, separated by a 14-day break in dosing.
Before the surgery, two 28-day cycles are recommended, separated by a 14-day break in dosing. If preoperative course is less than for 14 days or viable cysts are found, two cycles for 28 days should be taken after surgery separated by a 14-day break in taking the drug.
28 days. The second 28-day course should be repeated after two week’s break. Treatment can be continued for months or years.
Course duration is 7 to 31 days. The second course may be repeated after two week’s break.
400 mg, one dose per day for 10 days.
400 mg, one dose per day for 10-20 days.
Trichinellosis and Toxocarosis
400 mg, two doses per day for 5-10 days.
How to take:
Albendazole should be taken orally, during meal. It’s recommended to take tablets in the same time each day ( for example in the morning and in the evening). If you experience difficulties swallowing the tablets whole, you are encouraged to chew the tablets with a little water, alternatively tablets may be crushed.
If you take more Albendazole Tablets than you should
If you have taken more Albendazole Tablets than you should, contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell your doctor immediately.
If you forget to take Albendazole Tablets
If you forget a dose, take another as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose,
then do not take the missed dose at all. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Like all medicines, Albendazole can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you notice any undesirable effect stop taking Albendazole and inform your doctor immediately or contact your nearest hospital casualty department.
Following side effects are very rare (< 1/10000)
Erythema multiforme, which is characterized by itchy, red-purple spots, which are located mainly on skin of feets and palms, genitals, on eye’s and oral cavity’s mucous membranes. Elements of rash may elevate above the skin. There also may be such symptoms as faintness and fever.
Change in skin’s color, bubbles and papules, pustules, peeling, redness, pain, itchiness, rash, which may be generalized. This disorders may be accompanied by fever, headache and joint pain.
Pay attention to more serious symtoms
Patients, who are being treated for parasitic infections may be diagnosed a rare but very serious disease, which is called neurocysticercosis, wherein the patient may not even guess about his condition.
Neurocysticercos develops in a result of parasite’s getting into one’s brain in its larval phase. Albendazol is also indicated for treatment of this disease.
Inform your doctor immediately, if you notice following symptoms:
Other rare, but serious side effects Albendazole may cause are.
If you notice any of these symptoms contact your doctor immediately.
Other possible side effects:
Very common side effects (> 1/10)
Common side effects (> 1/100 and < 1/10)
Uncommon side effects (> 1/1000, and < 1/100)
Very rare side effects (< 1/10000)
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
What contains Albendazole
Each chewable tablet contains:
A pink, round, mottled, tablet with beveled edges and with raspberry odor.
4 tablets in a plastic bottle with leaflet in the cardboard box.