albendazole (Albenza)

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GENERIC NAME: albendazole

BRAND NAME: Albenza

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Albendazole (Albenza) is an oral broad-spectrum anthelmintic agent that is used to eradicate various parasitic worms from the body. Albendazole is effective in treating infections caused by a variety of parasites including Echinococcus granulosus (dog tapeworm), Taenia saginata (beef tapeworm), Taenia solium (pork tapeworm), Trichinella spiralis (pork worm), Trichuris trichiura (whipworm), Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm), Strongyloides stercoralis (threadworm), Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm), Ancylostoma duodenale (hookworm), and Necator americanus (hookworm).

After oral administration the active metabolite, albendazole sulfoxide, prevents formation of microtubules in cells of parasitic worms and larvae. Microtubules are found in both the parasite and host cells and are necessary for survival. Microtubules have various functions such as cell division, organization of intracellular structure and intracellular transport. Albendazole selectively destroys microtubules of the parasites but not of the host. Destruction of the microtubules is irreversible and leads to a decrease in glucose uptake, depletion of glycogen stores, and accumulation of secretory substances inside the cell, and the subsequent immobilization and eventual death of the parasite. Albendazole was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in June 1996.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No (beware of fraudulent suppliers)

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 200 mg

STORAGE: Tablets should be stored at room temperature between 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).

PRESCRIBED FOR: 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).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/21/2014

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