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MEBENDAZOLE
MEBENDAZOLE CHEWABLE - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

MEBENDAZOLE CHEWABLE - ORAL

(meh-BEN-duh-zole)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Vermox

Uses

Mebendazole is used to treat intestinal worm infections such as pinworm, round worm and hook worm.

How To Use

This medication is taken by mouth and can be taken with or without food. It may be chewed or crushed, mixed and taken with food. In Canada: The Canadian manufacturer states that their product must not be chewed. For treatment of pinworm infections, the medication is given as one single dose. If necessary, a second treatment may be recommended in a few weeks.

Side Effects

This medication may cause stomach upset, loss of appetite, diarrhea, fever, headache, dizziness, drowsiness or rash. If these symptoms persist or become severe, inform your doctor. Very unlikely but report promptly: dark urine, yellowing of the eyes or skin. In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: liver disease, malnutrition, anemia, any allergies you may have. Mebendazole should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if mebendazole is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all medicines you may use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially of: cimetidine, carbamazepine. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include stomach pain or discomfort lasting up to several hours.

Notes

Pinworm infections can easily spread to others. All family members in close contact with the patient should be treated to decrease the chance of spreading the infection. Practice strict hygiene to prevent another infection. Disinfect toilets daily. Change and launder undergarments, linens, towels and bedclothes daily.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of low-dose mebendazole and are taking 2 doses daily, space the missed and next dose 4 to 5 hours apart. Then continue on with your regular dosing schedule. If you are taking 8 doses daily, space the missed and next dose 1 and 1/2 hours apart. Then resume your usual dosing schedule. If you are taking high-dose mebendazole and miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered unless it is almost time for the next dose. In that case, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.