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What is the most important information I should know about albendazole?

• Do not take albendazole if you are pregnant. Avoid pregnancy for at least 1 month following albendazole therapy.
• Take albendazole with food to lessen stomach upset.

What is albendazole?
• Albendazole is an \””antihelmintic,\”” or anti-worm, medication. It prevents worms from growing or multiplying in your body.
• Albendazole is used to treat infections caused by worms such as pork tapeworm and dog tapeworm.
• Albendazole may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Who should not take albendazole?
• Before taking albendazole, tell your doctor about any other medical conditions that you have, especially liver disease. You may require a lower dose or special monitoring during therapy if you have liver problems.
• Albendazole is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will harm an unborn baby. Do not take albendazole without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant. Pregnancy should also be avoided for at least 1 month following therapy with albendazole.
• It is not known whether albendazole passes into breast milk and how it might affect a nursing baby. Do not take albendazole without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take albendazole?
• Take albendazole exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
• Take each dose with a full glass of water.
• Take albendazole tablets with food to lessen stomach upset.
• Take all of the albendazole that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated. It can take 30 days to 3 months to treat this infection.
• Fasting, laxatives, or purging will not help to cure this infection.
• Store albendazole at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?
• Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

What happens if I overdose?
• Seek emergency medical attention or call a poison control left near you.

What should I avoid while taking albendazole?
• Do not take albendazole if you are pregnant. Avoid pregnancy for at least 1 month following treatment with albendazole.
• There are no restrictions on foods, beverages, or activities while you are taking albendazole unless your doctor directs otherwise.

What are the possible side effects of albendazole?
• Stop taking albendazole and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; shortness of breath; closing of your throat; or hives).
• Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take albendazole and talk to your doctor if you experience
· abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting;
· headache;
· dizziness ;or
· a fever.
• Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect albendazole?
• Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are taking
· dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol),
· praziquantel (Biltricide), or
· cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB).
• These medicines may increase the level of albendazole in your body. Your doctor will want to monitor drug interactions and make adjustments in dosage.
• Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with albendazole. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Where can I get more information?
• Your pharmacist has more information about albendazole written for health professionals that you may read.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
• Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. (\’Multum\’) is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum\’s drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum\’s drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/ or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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