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Biltricide

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/6/2017
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Fungal Infections: Fungus Among Us

Last reviewed on RxList 12/06/2017

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. Common side effects of Biltricide include:

Side effects of Biltricide are usually mild and temporary and may be symptoms of the parasite infection and/or the dying parasites.

Tell your doctor if you have rare but very serious side effects of Biltricide including:

  • bloody diarrhea,
  • fever,
  • irregular or slow heartbeat, or
  • seizures.

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. Breastfeeding while using this drug is not recommended. Nursing mothers should stop breastfeeding 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.

Biltricide Consumer Information
Fungal Infections: Fungus Among Us

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Biltricide (Praziquantel)

Biltricide Professional Information
Fungal Infections: Fungus Among Us

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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