Mebendazole

Generic Name: Mebendazole

  • What is Mebendazole?

    Mebendazole is a medicine used to treat infections caused by parasitic worms, such as pinworm, whipworm, common roundworm, common hookworm, and American hookworm.

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

    Mebendazole can cause harm to your bone marrow, red and white blood cells, and your liver. Your risk can increase when this medication is used for long periods of time. Your doctor will monitor your blood counts and liver function while you are taking mebendazole.

    Mebendazole can cause harm to your unborn baby if you take it during pregnancy, especially during early stages of your pregnancy. Do not take mebendazole if you are pregnant.

    It is important to keep your hands, bedroom, bed linens, clothes, food, and toilet seats clean to prevent a reinfection or others from getting infected.

  • Who should not take Mebendazole?

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

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

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

  • 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.

    Pinworm

    Adults and children ≥2 years: The recommended dose is 100 milligrams (mg) once.

    Whipworm, Common Roundworm, Common Hookworm, and American Hookworm

    Adults and children ≥2 years: The recommended dose is 100 mg twice a day, in the morning and evening, for 3 consecutive days.

  • How should I take Mebendazole?

    Take mebendazole exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You can chew, swallow, or crush mebendazole tablets. You can also mix them with food. Tell your doctor if your infection is not cured three weeks after treatment; you might have to start a second course of treatment.

  • What should I avoid while taking Mebendazole?

    Do not become pregnant while you are taking mebendazole.

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

    If mebendazole 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 mebendazole with cimetidine.

  • What are the possible side effects of Mebendazole?

    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, itch, or swelling of your face, mouth, or throat), diarrhea, seizures

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

    Mebendazole can cause harm to your unborn baby if you take it during pregnancy, especially during early stages of your pregnancy. Do not take mebendazole if you are pregnant. The effects of mebendazole 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 Mebendazole?

    If you miss a dose of mebendazole, 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 Mebendazole?

    Store at room temperature.