albendazole (Albenza)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

GENERIC NAME: albendazole

BRAND NAME: Albenza

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No (beware of fraudulent suppliers)

USES: Albendazole is FDA approved for the treatment of the following parasitic infections:

  • Hydatid Disease: Albendazole is used for the treatment of cystic hydatid disease of the liver, lung, and peritoneum, caused by dog tapeworm (Echinococcus granulosus) larvae.
  • Neurocysticercosis: Albendazole is used to treat parenchymal neurocysticercosis due to active lesion caused by pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) larvae.
  • Off-label use: Albendazole is also effective in treating infections caused by other parasites including Taenia saginata (beef tapeworm), Trichinella spiralis (pork worm), Trichuris trichiura (whipworm), Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm), Strongyloides stercoralis (threadworm), Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm), Ancylostoma duodenale (hookworm), and Necator americanus (hookworm).

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects which occurred with a frequency of = 1% include:

Side effects which occurred with a frequency of <1% include:

Other side effects of undefined frequency include:

  • aplastic anemia,
  • bone marrow suppression,
  • decrease in white blood count,
  • acute liver failure,
  • hepatitis, increase in liver enzymes,
  • severe skin rashes such as Steven-Johnson's syndrome, and
  • acute kidney failure.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/14/2016

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