Albenza

Generic Name: Albendazole

  • What is Albenza?

    Albenza is a medicine used to treat infections caused by parasites.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Albenza?

    Albenza can cause harm to your bone marrow, red and white blood cells, and your liver. Your doctor will monitor your blood counts and liver function while you are taking Albenza.

    Albenza can cause harm to your unborn baby if you take it during pregnancy. You will need to undergo pregnancy tests before starting Albenza to make sure that you are not pregnant. In addition, you should not become pregnant while on Albenza or within one month after completing treatment.

  • Who should not take Albenza?

    Do not take Albenza if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Albenza?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Albenza. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver disease, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

  • How should I take Albenza?

    Take Albenza exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You can take Albenza with food and water. If your child takes Albenza, he/she should crush or chew the tablets and then swallow them with a drink of water.

  • What should I avoid while taking Albenza?

    Do not become pregnant while you are taking Albenza and for one month after you stop taking this medication.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Albenza?

    If Albenza is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Albenza with the following: cimetidine, dexamethasone, praziquantel, or theophylline.

  • What are the possible side effects of Albenza?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, allergic reactions (such as rash and itch), breathing problems, dizziness, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting

  • Can I receive Albenza if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not take Albenza if you are pregnant. The effects of Albenza during breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Albenza?

    If you miss a dose of Albenza, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Albenza?

    Store at room temperature.