Albenza vs. Vermox

Are Albenza and Vermox the Same Thing?

Albenza (albendazole) and Vermox (mebendazole) are anthelmintics (anti-worm medications) used to treat certain infections caused by different types of worms.

Albenza is used to treat infections caused by worms such as pork tapeworm and dog tapeworm.

Vermox is used to treat infections caused by worms such as whipworm, pinworm, roundworm, and hookworm. Vermox is also used to treat infections caused by more than one of these worms at the same time.

The brand name Vermox is no longer available in the U.S. Generic versions may be available.

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:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Vermox?

Common side effects of Vermox include:

  • stomach/abdominal pain,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • fever,
  • headache,
  • dizziness, or
  • drowsiness.

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 Vermox?

Vermox (mebendazole) is an "antihelmintic," or anti-worm, medication used to treat infections caused by worms such as whipworm, pinworm, roundworm, and hookworm. Vermox is also used to treat infections caused by more than one of these worms at the same time. The brand name Vermox is no longer available in the U.S.

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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 Vermox?

Mebendazole may interact with seizure medications. Tell your doctor all medications you use. During pregnancy, mebendazole should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk.

How Should Albenza Be Taken?

Dosing of Albenza varies, depending upon which parasitic infection is being treated.

How Should Vermox Be Taken?

The dose of mebendazole for children and adults to treat whipworm, roundworm, and hookworm is 1 tablet taken morning and evening for 3 consecutive days. The dose to treat pinworm is 1 tablet, taken just once.

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References

FDA. Albenza Product Information.
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2009/020666s005s006lbl.pdf
Janssen. Vermox Product Information.
https://www.janssen.com

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