What is Albendazole?
Belongs to a group of drugs called Anthelmintics. Anthelmintics kill or expel infesting helminths (parasitic worms).
When Was Albendazole Made?
Albendazole was invented by Robert J. Gyurik and Vassilios J. Theodorides and was patented in 1975. It was introduced in 1977 as an antihelminthic for sheep in Australia, and in 1992 was registered for human use for the first time.
Uses of Albendazole
Albendazole is the drug of choice for infections caused by hookworms, pinworms, roundworms, tapeworms, hydatid disease etc.
How to Take Albendazole?
Albendazole tablet when administered orally helps absorption. Drug absorption can be further enhanced when administered with a fatty meal. No preparation or post drug fasting is required. The dosage of albendazole varies with the weight of the patient and the type of parasitic infection being treated.Never use more than the recommended dose or for longer periods of time without doctor’s consent.
Side-effects of Albendazole?
Commonly observed side effects may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Temporary loss of hair