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Doctor insights on: Is Prescription Medicine For Pinworms Better Than Over The Counter Medicine

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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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In which developed countries is pinworm medicine over-the-counter?

In which developed countries is pinworm medicine over-the-counter?

USA for sure: I can only answer for the us. Pyrantel pamate has been available otc for decades under a variety of brand names. As one of the most regulated medication venues in the world, I would assume lesser regulated countries have similar products available, but I have never investigated its status elsewhere. ...Read more

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Hi, what would u recommend to treat pinworm in adults? Now that vermox is no longer available, what is the most effective drug of choice? Either Over the counter or rx?

Pin-X: Annoying but harmless condition - this is usually what I recommend to my patients. Have to ask the pharmacist at your store about it.

http://www. Drugs. Com/mtm/pin-x.html ...Read more

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Hi, I have a dark purple lump on anus. It has been there before and I took over-the-counter pinworm medicine. It's soft to touch and itches at night.

Hi, I have a dark purple lump on anus. It has been there before and I took over-the-counter pinworm medicine. It's soft to touch and itches at night.

See a doctor: Marmoset - there are a few different things this can be and they are all treated differenly. See a doctor so that they can take a look and advise you properly. ...Read more

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Are there over-the counter medications to treat pinworm?

Yes: There are several under store brand or name brands. Pyrantel pamoate is the main ingredient in a common one. ...Read more

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What's better? Over the counter pinworm medication or prescribed?

What's better? Over the counter pinworm medication or prescribed?

OTC works: The over the counter medicine works just fine. Repeat the dose in 2 weeks to finish the job. ...Read more

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What's the best over the counter medication and the safest for treating pinworm?

Ask the pharmacist: At your local drug store, pyrantel is the generic used in the USA OTC, but read the labels carefully, and more importantly is to be sure that it is pinworm infestation not something else, good luck ...Read more

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What medication that is over-the-counter will kill pinworms in children?

None: Call your doctor to get prescription meds for all family members. ...Read more

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Is there an over counter medicine that I can take that will be strong enough to kill my pinworms? I passed an earthworm thing in stool, since I have

Is there an over counter medicine that I can take that will be strong enough to kill my pinworms? I passed an earthworm thing in stool, since I have

Yes: Pyrantel pomate is sold otc under various names like pin-rid, antiminth (pyrantel) and pin-x. When used as directed it has activity against several worm like paracites. The earthworm like thing was not a pin worm but likely ascaris. This product may help. A visit with your doc and some stool studies may be needed to sort out what problems you have. ...Read more

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What is the best pinworm medication? Do I need a prescription?

What is the best pinworm medication? Do I need a prescription?

Vemox; yes: Vermox is the medication for pinworms. In the U.S., Vermox is by prescription only. I have heard that in some other countries, pinworm medication is over-the-counter. ...Read more

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Do you need a prescription to get Ivermectin or mebendazole, or any other antibiotics that kill pinworms? Australia.

Yes, in the USA: In the United States, these medications are available only by prescription. Pyrantel pamoate is a medication which is available over the counter for treatment of pinworms. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine (over the counter or prescription) for relieving head congestion?

What is the best medicine (over the counter or prescription) for relieving head congestion?

Congestion: If you use a neti pot, be certain you use boiled water, sterile water, or distilled water. Never use water straight from the tap. There have been cases of brain infection/abscess from organisms in tap water. ...Read more

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Is there medicine to help with ADHD and if there is, is it prescription or over the counter?

Is there medicine to help with ADHD and if there is, is it prescription or over the counter?

Several: The medications for adhd are obtained by prescription only. There are both stimulants and non-stimulant options. Only a doctor (md) can prescribe them. Over the counter options do not exist for this disorder. ...Read more

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What determines over-the-counter drugs versus prescription ones?

What determines over-the-counter drugs versus prescription ones?

No prescription need: Otc drugs - the ones when no prescription needed to buy them at the pharmacy. It is usually vitamins, anti-inflammatory, cold medication, anti-allergic, herbal, etc. They won't cause significant side effects, but may cause an interaction with the prescribed drugs. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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