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Pyrantel pamoate 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.





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

How To Use

Take by mouth, usually as one single dose, or take as directed by your doctor. Pyrantel may be taken with or without food. 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 or drowsiness. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor promptly. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor your medical history, especially: liver disease, malnutrition, anemia, any allergies. Use caution performing tasks requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery if this medication makes you drowsy or dizzy. Pyrantel should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if pyrantel 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: piperazine. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.


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 reinfection. Disinfect toilets daily. Change and launder undergarments, linens, towels and bedclothes daily.

Missed Dose

Not applicable.


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.