mebendazole, Vermox

  • 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: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

woman with abdominal pain

GENERIC NAME: mebendazole

BRAND: N/A

DISCONTINUED BRAND: Vermox

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Mebendazole is a member of the benzimidazole class of antiparasitic agents, which also includes thiabendazole, albendazole, and triclabendazole. Mebendazole, like other benzimidazoles, causes death of parasites by interfering with the function of tubulin, an important protein in parasites, and preventing glucose uptake. Mebendazole is active against tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, threadworms, pinworms, pork worms, and whipworms. The FDA approved mebendazole in June 1974.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Mebendazole is the drug of choice in treatment of

  • hookworms,
  • roundworms,
  • pinworms,
  • whipworms,
  • eosinophilic enterocolitis,
  • filariasis, and
  • capillariasis.

It may also be used to treat tapeworms, giardiasis, and toxocariasis.

SIDE EFFECTS: Mebendazole may cause:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2015

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