- Are Albenza and Biltricide the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Albenza?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Biltricide?
- What Is Albenza?
- What Is Biltricide?
- What Drugs Interact with Albenza?
- What Drugs Interact with Biltricide?
- How Should Albenza Be Taken?
- How Should Biltricide Be Taken?
Are Albenza and Biltricide the Same Thing?
What Are Possible Side Effects of Albenza?
Common side effects of Albenza include:
Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Albenza including:
- vision changes,
- yellowing eyes or skin,
- severe stomach or abdominal pain,
- dark urine,
- unusual tiredness,
- easy bruising or bleeding,
- signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat),
- changes in the amount of urine,
- severe or persistent headache,
- confusion, or
- very stiff neck.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Biltricide?
Common side effects of Biltricide include:
- stomach pain or upset,
- joint or muscle pain,
- loss of appetite,
- skin rash, and
Side effects of Biltricide are usually mild and temporary and may be symptoms of the parasite infection and/or the dying parasites.
What Is Albenza?
Albenza (albendazole) is a broad spectrum anthelmintic, or anti-worm medication used to treat certain infections caused by worms such as pork tapeworm and dog tapeworm.
What Is Biltricide?
Biltricide (praziquantel) is an anthelmintic, or anti-worm, medication 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, South America, Middle Eastern countries, the Carribean, and parts of Asia. Biltricide is also used to treat infection with liver flukes, caused by a type of worm found in East Asia.
What Drugs Interact With Albenza?
Albenza may interact with other medications including antibiotics, cimetidine, dexamethasone, praziquantel, or theophylline. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. During pregnancy, Albenza should be used only when prescribed. It may harm a fetus.
What Drugs Interact With Biltricide?
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.
How Should Albenza Be Taken?
Dosing of Albenza varies, depending upon which parasitic infection is being treated.
How Should Biltricide Be Taken?
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.
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FDA. Albenza Product Information.
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