GENERIC NAME: mebendazole
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
- eosinophilic enterocolitis,
- filariasis, and
It may also be used to treat tapeworms, giardiasis, and toxocariasis.
SIDE EFFECTS: Mebendazole may cause:
- abdominal pain
- ringing in the ears,
- low blood pressure,
- bloody urine, and
- a drop in number of blood cells.
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