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How Successful Is Taking Albendazole Against Pinworm
Unlabeled use for pin worms.
Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm) (unlabeled use): oral: 400 mg as a single dose; repeat in 2 weeks. ...Read more
Yes: It is effective (off-label use) - usually given 400 mg single dose and then 2nd dose in 2 weeks. ...Read more
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
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
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
Yes: The single dose treatment is often repeated after 2 weeks, in order to treat eggs that hatched since the original treatment. ...Read more
Very effective: Since reinfection is common, whole family has to be treated at the same time. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How long after albenza (albendazole) can I start taking over-the-counter pin x for reassurance I've gotten rid of pinworms?
Albenza (albendazole): Anytime you wish to.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it ok to eat things like pineapples w/ citric acid while taking albenza (albendazole) to help rid pinworms?
I'm taking levaquin (levofloxacin) to treat epididimytis, & albenza for pinworms, but now I feel some pain on both sides of my lower abdomen. Should I tell my dr?
Tell your Dr.: Always inform your Dr. If & when possible side effects or new symptoms occur. All antibiotics can affect gastrointestinal tract. Epididymitis can be due to viral or bacterial infection. If bacteria, could be resistant to levaquin (levofloxacin). Epipidymitis can be caused by reflux of urine into prostatic or ejaculatory ducts when urinating. ...Read more
Albenza (albendazole): Yes the drug works on both types of worms. ...Read more
Is it normal to still be excreting and seeing pinworms DAILY for 3 consecutive weeks while undergoing treatment with albenza and Pyrentel Pamoate?
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
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
Once you've taken all medication of albenza (albendazole) for pinworms is it normal for stool to come out quick and have a lot. Mines even a bright brown color?
Albenza (albendazole): Each individual may respond differently to the drug. It may increase transit time for stooling or not. ...Read more