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Biltricide

Biltricide Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Biltricide (praziquantel) 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, S. America, Middle Eastern countries, the Carribean, and parts of Asia. It is also used to treat infection with liver flukes, caused by a type of worm found in East Asia. It is an anthelmintic, or anti-worm medication. Common side effects include headache, dizziness, stomach pain, nausea, tiredness, weakness, joint/muscle pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, and sweating. Side effects are usually mild and temporary and may be symptoms of the parasite infection and/or the dying parasites.

The recommended dosage of Biltricide for the treatment of schistosomiasis is 20 mg/kg three times a day as a one day treatment, at intervals of 4 to 6 hours. The recommended dose for clonorchiasis and opisthorchiasis is 25 mg/kg three times a day as a one day treatment, at intervals of 4 to 6 hours. Biltricide may interact with cimetidine, chloroquine, itraconazole or ketoconazole, dexamethasone, erythromycin, St. John's wort, rifabutin or rifapentine, barbiturates, HIV medications, medicines to treat narcolepsy, or seizure medications. Tell your doctor all medications you use. During pregnancy, Biltricide should be used only when prescribed. This drug passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Nursing mothers should stop breast-feeding on the day of treatment and for 72 hours after taking the last dose.

Our Biltricide (praziquantel) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

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.

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Biltricide in Detail - Patient Information: 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:

  • tired feeling;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • nausea, upset stomach;
  • mild fever; or
  • mild skin rash.

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.

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What is Patient Information Overview?

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Biltricide Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, dizziness, stomach pain, nausea, tiredness, weakness, joint/muscle pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, and sweating may occur. These side effects are usually mild and temporary and may be symptoms of your parasite infection and/or the dying parasites. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: bloody diarrhea, fever, irregular/slow heartbeat, seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

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What is Prescribing information?

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Biltricide FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
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SIDE EFFECTS

Adverse Events

In general BILTRICIDE (praziquantel) is very well tolerated. Side effects are usually mild and transient and do not require treatment. The following side effects were observed generally in order of severity: malaise, headache, dizziness, abdominal discomfort with or without nausea, rise in temperature and, rarely, urticaria. Such symptoms can, however, also result from the infection itself. Such side effects may be more frequent and/or serious in patients with a heavy worm burden.

Post Marketing Adverse Event Reports

Additional adverse events reported from worldwide post marketing experience and from publications with praziquantel include: abdominal pain, allergic reaction (generalized hypersensitivity) including polyserositis, anorexia, arrhythmia (including bradycardia, ectopic rhythms, ventricular fibrillation, AV blocks), asthenia, bloody diarrhea, convulsion, eosinophilia, myalgia, pruritis, somnolence, vertigo and vomiting.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Biltricide (Praziquantel) »

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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