Drug: Albenza (albendazole)

What is albendazole (Albenza)? Albendazole is an anthelmintic (an-thel-MIN-tik) or anti-worm medication. It prevents newly hatched insect larvae (worms) from growing or multiplying in your body.Albendazole is used to treat certain infections caused by worms such as pork tapeworm and dog tapeworm.Albendazole may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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What are the possible side effects of albendazole (Albenza)? Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
  • easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
  • fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; or
  • fever with chills, body aches, or flu-like symptoms.
Less serious side effects may include:
  • stomach pain;
  • nausea, vomiting;
  • headache, dizziness; or
  • temporary hair loss.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What other drugs will affect albendazole (Albenza)? Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
  • cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB);
  • dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol);
  • praziquantel (Biltricide); or
  • theophylline (Elixophyllin, Slo-Bid, Theo-Dur, Uniphyl, and others).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with albendazole. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

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What happens if I overdose (Albenza)? Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of an albendazole overdose are not known.

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