albendazole - oral, Albenza
GENERIC NAME: ALBENDAZOLE - ORAL (al-BEN-da-zole)
BRAND NAME(S): Albenza
USES: This medication is used to treat certain tapeworm infections (e.g., neurocysticercosis).OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to treat other types of worm infections.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with meals, usually 1 to 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor. If you or your child have trouble swallowing tablets, you may crush or chew your dose and take it with water.Dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment. Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Some conditions may require you to stop the medication for 2 weeks and then restart the medication. If that is the case, it may be helpful to mark the calendar with a reminder of when you need to restart the medication.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.Other medications (e.g., corticosteroids, anti-seizure medications) may also be prescribed for your current condition. Take those medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor.Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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