What is Albenza?
This drug is an orally administered anthelmintic, effective against most conditions caused by parasite worms in humans. It has larvicidal and ovicidal effects against many species of parasitic helminths.
What are the indications for using Albenza?
The drug is normally prescribed for treatment of neurocysticercosis (a form of infection caused by pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) eggs in the cerebral tissue) and cystic hydatid disease (also known as cystic echinococcosis, caused by Echinococcus tapeworms usually living in the patient’s liver). Albenza therapy can be used along with other medications to achieve the optimal result, or can be used along with surgery when considered necessary.
What is the dosage of Albenza?
Albenza is available as 200 mg tablets for oral use. The usual dose for adults weighing over 60 kg for both hydatid disease and neurocysticercosis are two Albenza tablets taken twice a day. For patients weighing less than 60 kg, the advised daily dose of the drug is calculated as 15mg/kg taken twice a day. The medication is best taken with meals, especially those containing fat, for optimal absorption into the bloodstream.
What are the contraindications for using Albenza?
Information about any specific allergies should be available to the doctor when prescribing Albenza. You should also tell if you have liver, biliary tract, blood, or bone marrow problems. Use of Albenza by pregnant or nursing women is also undesirable, so make sure to pass a pregnancy test and use effective contraception methods when taking the drug and for 30 days after discontinuing it.
What are the adverse effects of Albenza?
In some cases patients taking Albenza may experience nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, reversible hair loss, dizziness, or fever. In rare cases the drug may cause liver problems with symptoms like jaundice, dark urine, and abdominal pain. Contact your doctor if you have any of these conditions, as well as mood changes, seizures, severe dizziness, breathing problems, or neck stiffness.