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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

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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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'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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My daughter seems to be having recurring episodes of pinworms. We give her medication, wash bedding and do our very best to reinforce good hygiene?

My daughter seems to be having recurring episodes of pinworms. We give her medication, wash bedding and do our very best to reinforce good hygiene?

Source: The source of the pinworm should be examined. It could be a pet turtle, or well water that wasnt tested or filtered properly. If she is the only one who is constantly exposed, the source of the exposure should be examined. ...Read more

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What will happen if i take a pinworm medication if i don't actually have it?

You will not...: ...Kill the pinworms you do not have. A single dose of the pinworm medication typically prescribed will usually not have significant side effects, whether you have pinworms or not. ...Read more

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Why might someone still have pinworms after taking medication?

Why might someone still have pinworms after taking medication?

Reinfection: It is because of reinfection from the surroundings as eggs are found on bed linens,bathroom fixtures,drinking glasses,eating utensils,toys,kithcen counters,desks or lunh tables in schools,sandboxes,pyjamas,toilets etc. The reinfection can be prevnted by treating all children&adults in households and repeat the pill two weeks after the initial treatment Pinworms are not caused by playin in dirt ...Read more

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How much longer will pinworms persist if I am taking medication?

OTC or Prescription: If it wasn't for the itch & the difficulty these kids have trying to sleep, we wouldn't need to treat this at all. Short term help using a cold wash to remove the irritating oil the eggs are laid in & soothing creams can help baby rest.The otc med &/or the chew able vermox tablet will take a few days to work through the system & eliminated the pw's. ...Read more

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How much longer will pinworms persist if I just started taking medication? 

How much longer will pinworms persist if I just started taking medication? 

Depends on the med: There are several prescriptions available which your doctor would tell you how long to take them. But the most common treatment for pinworm, pyrantel pamoate is available over the counter. The typical duration of therapy is about two weeks. However reinfection and spread is very common so it is recommended to treat all those living together and to maintain the highest standards of hygiene ...Read more

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I found a pinworm in my 6 month old's diaper. Is there any medication I can give her?

I found a pinworm in my 6 month old's diaper. Is there any medication I can give her?

Take to pediatrician: Usually treatment is from 12 months and up; each situation is different so please take her/him to doc. Itches a lot too. Can use over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream and zinc-destiny ...Read more

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Which medication is used to treat pinworm?

Pin-X: Over the counter medication that should adequately treat pinworms. Just be sure to follow the instructions and repeat the dose in 10-14 days. ...Read more

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What happens if my family refuses to take pinworm medication even though I have it....

Their problem: You have given them a chance to avoid the symptoms they may develop if infested, after that, its their choice.Some shed this naturally over time and not all develop symptoms. Symptoms actually relate to an irritant response to egg deposition around the anus.The worms are otherwise benign. ...Read more

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Is there medication for pinworms?

Yes: There is at least one over the counter preparation and a prescription chew able tablet in the us. ...Read more

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Whats better? Over the counter pinworm medication or prescribed?

Whats 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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Enterobiasis (Definition)

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