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How effective is albenza (albendazole) for pinworms?

How effective is albenza (albendazole) for pinworms?

Very effective: Since reinfection is common, whole family has to be treated at the same time. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Pinworms (Definition)

Small parasitic worms that are found in the gastrointestinal tract. The worms lay eggs at night in and around the anus causing a characteristic itching. They are commonly found in children. Children are infected ...Read more


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Hi, I have a 16 month old who had been dealing with symptoms of pinworm. Reese was not effective. How long does albenza (albendazole) take to work?

Hi, I have a 16 month old who had been dealing with symptoms of pinworm. Reese was not effective. How long does albenza (albendazole) take to work?

May be not pin worms: The medication should work if the symptoms are due to pin worms. Your pediatrician may confirm the diagnosis by direct observation of the specimen collected on the tape or stool test for parasites. ...Read more

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How successful is taking albendazole against pinworm?

How successful is taking albendazole against pinworm?

Very effective if...: Albendazole can be very effective against pinworms if taken appropriately and if proper hygiene practices are in place. ...Read more

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Does albendazole kills pinworms?

Does albendazole kills pinworms?

Yes: Treats hydatid disease and other infections caused by tapeworms. May also be used to treat infections caused by roundworms, hookworms, and pinworms. Belongs to a class of drugs called anthelmintics. ...Read more

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How soon after taking albenza (albendazole) do pinworms die?

How soon after taking albenza (albendazole) do pinworms die?

Unlabeled Use: Unlabeled use for pin worms.
Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm) (unlabeled use): oral: 400 mg as a single dose; repeat in 2 weeks. ...Read more

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When symptom of pinworm disappeared after single dose of albendazole. Is this normal?

Yes: Not only normal, but expected. The antihelminthic kills the worms and eggs, the females no longer can crawl out of the anus to deposit their eggs, so no more itch. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed w/pinworm, about 10 days ago I took my first dose of albenza (albendazole). It still itches sometime but doesn't hurt to pew anymore. Is this normal?

I was diagnosed w/pinworm, about 10 days ago I took my first dose of albenza (albendazole). It still itches sometime but doesn't hurt to pew anymore. Is this normal?

Common finding: The itching is causes by your bodies sensitivity to the glue like material the eggs are laid in by the fertile female. The itching is similar to that of poison ivy and can be handled by a mild steroid cream or washing the area with a cold rag. Persistence of the itching can be related to the first infestation or a recurrence. Retreatment a week or so after initial dosing is my normal practice. ...Read more

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Anthelmintics albendazole or mebendazole are used for pinworms?

Yes: The single dose treatment is often repeated after 2 weeks, in order to treat eggs that hatched since the original treatment. ...Read more

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Is albendazole necessary for pinworm?

Confusing question: It is an effective treatment, among others. If you or the patient is asymptomatic, treatment is not absolutely required. Some patients will clear this naturally, but chronic carriage is common. ...Read more

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Where could I get albendazole? Is there any product selling in online? Such as reese' pinworm

Where could I get albendazole? Is there any product selling in online? Such as reese' pinworm

Hard to say: This is likely available through local pharmacies in many parts of the world but whether or not these be imported into a foreign country via internet is unknown. It is considered a prescription only med in the US. There are many over the counter pinworm meds that require no prescription. ...Read more

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How long does albenza (albendazole) take to kill pinworms?

Quickly: Within days there should be no more live pinworms unless you have been re-infected. Treat everyone in the household at the same time. ...Read more

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I have worm/ pinworms and taking albendazole, does this work?

Yes: It is effective (off-label use) - usually given 400 mg single dose and then 2nd dose in 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I've been taking albendazole. Why do I still have pinworms coming out of my anus?

I've been taking albendazole. Why do I still have pinworms coming out of my anus?

YouCanNotSeePinworms: You can not see coming out of your anus as the fmale worm only come out around the anus at night and you can only see at night with a flash light. The white hair-thin worm ionly 10 mm long (male are average 3 mm) and can be seen without microscope But most of the time we use a scotch tape which will pick up eggs at night from around the anus as the worm lays eggs and get it examined under the scope ...Read more

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How long does it take your body to rid of pinworms after taking albenza (albendazole)?

Repeat a second dose: The first dose is very effective but remember to repeat the dose 2 weeks later to achieve almost 100% cure rate to prevent reinfection. The eggs can stay alive on cool surface like linen, bed sheet sofa etc. For 2 weeks. Be sure to wash them, clip nails, wash hands with soap and water often. ...Read more

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How long does it take for albenza (albendazole) to start working on a 10 year old for pinworms?

How long does it take for albenza (albendazole) to start working on a 10 year old for pinworms?

Treat pinworms: 1tab and repeat in 2 weeks should have 100% efficacy if all house hold members are treated at the same time
good hand hygiene and prevention of the entero oral transmission ...Read more

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Took albenza (albendazole) two days ago for pinworms. Still feeling crawling sensation in anus at night. Is the medicine working?

I should be: That sensation is most likely inflammation of the tissue and skin around the anus which takes a few days to calm down even after the parasites have died. Give it some time. Since treatment has been started, at this point a cream like Proctosol may hasten relief of the itching. Now, for pinworms a dose of albendazole does have to be repeated 2 weeks after the first for cure. ...Read more

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But im starting to itch from pinworms again & I just now saw eggs for the 1st time in a few days. Its been 10 days since 1st dose albenza (albendazole).Is it ok?

PINWORM: sometimes: It's hard to get rid of pinworm. May need repeated treatment at 1 wk interval. Actions must be taken to eradicate ova from pt., close contact/your home. Avoid itching, take Claritin (loratadine) or any anti itch med at night, shower every a.M, wash hands frequently, keep nails short, wash all clothes, bedlinens, clean sofa and where ever the infected person/s sit or lies down. Whole family treatment needed. ...Read more

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Which is better mebendazole or albendazole for pinworms?

Which is better mebendazole or albendazole for pinworms?

Doesn't matter: Since Mebendazole is no longer available in the us Albendazole and the over the counter meds are what we have left for treatment. ...Read more

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When do I take my second dose of albendazole for pinworms? I took the first dose 2 days ago and it still itches at night but not any other time.

When do I take my second dose of albendazole for pinworms? I took the first dose 2 days ago and it still itches at night but not any other time.

After a week: The itching is caused by a skin irritation, not directly by the pin worms. The female worm lays eggs in a sticky glue like material around the anus. That glue triggers skin irritation in most people. Simple wash off with cold water and application of an OTC hydrocortisone cream has more benefit to the itch than the pills. ...Read more

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I think my doc over prescribed me albenza (albendazole) for pinworms. 2 200mg 2x day for 7 days?? It makes me really ill. I read you take it once then again in 2 wk

Both correct: If it is only pinworms you are being treated for, then you are correct - 400mg one time and repeat in 2 weeks. Other worms, though, like a tapeworm, doc did use correct dose- 400mg BID for 7-1 days. Talk with doc and see if you had any worms other than pinworms or at risk for them may be why that dose was used. Or it may be a mistake on his part. Just ask for the reasoning behind the dose he chose ...Read more

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Could albendazole 200mg kill any pinworms that's may be in your nose or mouth?

Not in either place: Pinworms infest the large intestine and enjoy their niche there. They are rarely found in the small intestine. They do not survive in other body sites, like the nose or mouth. If they did, the Albendazole would get them. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still be excreting and seeing pinworms DAILY for 3 consecutive weeks while undergoing treatment with albenza and Pyrentel Pamoate?

Rare: Pin worm is treated with one dose of Albendazole 400 mg by mouth one and repeated in one week since ova are not killed so they hatch into new worms!

Re infestation in Children is common!

You may need to have your doctor check your stool for Ova and parasites to see if you carry some other worm or parasite! ...Read more

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I have taken Albenza 400mg last Saturday for pinworms and my doctor gave me another dose for 2 weeks later. How soon should I expect results? Is this

I have taken Albenza 400mg last Saturday for pinworms and my doctor gave me another dose for 2 weeks later. How soon should I expect results? Is this

Pinworms: Your question was cut off, but essentially the one dose is all you need and the second dose 2 weeks later is just an extra dose for "good measures." ...Read more

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Does albendazole rid of vaginal pinworms or does it only work for the intestines?

Does albendazole rid of vaginal pinworms or does it only work for the intestines?

Should work for both: Rectum is the natural habitat for the pinworms. However, they crawl out and lay eggs around rectum and near vaginal opening resulting in itching over these areas. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

Pinworm infestation causes itching around anus and less ...Read more


Dr. Janet Soul
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Albendazole (Definition)

Albendazole is an anti-migrane agent which is a kind of ...Read more