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Albendazole is an antiparasitic medication that is used for treating a number of diseases caused by an infestation of parasitic worms. It is generally taken for diseases like neurocysticercosis (affecting the brain, muscles and other tissues), giardiasis (intestinal infection), hydatid disease, pinworm disease (intestinal infection), ascariasis (gastrointestinal infection), filariasis (affecting the lymph nodes and vessels) and others. The medicine falls under the group of drugs known as anthelmintics, which expels the parasitic worms either by stunning them or killing them without causing notable damage to the host body. It is available in the form of tablets and can be taken orally.

An antiparasitic, Albendazole is used for treating certain infections caused by tapeworms like hydatid disease (parasitic infestation) and neurocysticercosis (infection affecting the brain, muscles as well as well as other tissues). The anthelmintic drug kills the sensitive parasites in your body.

The Albendazole has to be taken orally. You can swallow it with water or crush it and chew it. You can also take it with food. Before you start this medication, you must inform your doctor if you have any of the following health conditions:

  • Blockage in the biliary tract
  • Liver disease
  • A low blood count (low platelet, white cell or red cell count)
  • If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant
  • If you are a breast-feeding mother
  • In case you are allergic to Albendazole, or any other medicines or food
  • In case you forget to take a dose of Albendazole, you can take the medication as soon as you remember it. However, if you remember at a time when you are about to take your next dose, igone the missed dose and follow your schedule from the upcoming dose. Do not take two doses together just because you missed one. It should also be kept in mind not to stop your medicines before the prescribed time, even if you think you are feeling better. Apart from that, you must consult your child’s paediatrician before using Albendazole to treat your child’s condition.

    The mild side effects that are common for taking Albendazole are headache, dizziness, diarrhea and loss of hair. However, you should consult your doctor as soon as you can if you experience any of these symptoms:

    • A skin rash, itching, hives, swelling of your lips, tongue or the face. It would indicate that you had an allergic reaction to the medication.
    • If you are suffering from fever, sore throat or chills.
    • Changes in your vision.
    • Sudden seizures
    • Unusual bleeding or bruising
    • Redness or yellowing of the skin, or blisters, peeling and loosening of your skin. It may also include the insides of your mouth.
    • Discoloured urine or light coloured stool
    • Losing appetite, or pain in the right side of your upper belly
    • Feeling unusually tired or weak
    • Having flu-like symptoms

    Since Albendazole may cause liver problems in some cases, it is advised to limit your consumption of alcohol when you are under this medication.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Gastroenterologist before using this medicine.

Hydatid Disease
Albendazole is used in the treatment of Hydotid disease or Echinococcosis caused by larva of dog tapeworm.
Albendazole is used in the treatment of pork tapeworm infection.
Albendazole may be used in the treatment of pinworm infection.
Albendazole may be used in the treatment of threadworm infection.
Albendazole may be used in the treatment of roundworm infection.
Albendazole may be used in the treatment of whipworm infection.
Cutaneous Larva Migrans
Albendazole may be used in the treatment of hookworm infection of skin.
Albendazole may be used in the treatment of filarial worm infection.
Albendazole maybe used in the treatment of intestinal infection in children caused by Giardia parasite.
Albendazole is not recommended if the you are allergic to Albendazole or any drug belonging to the parent group namely, Benzimidazoles.
In addition to its intended effect, Albendazole may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Fever Major Common
Albendazole may cause fever after administration. The incidence should be reported immediately to the Doctor.
Headache Major Common
Albendazole may cause headaches if the intended use is to kill the parasites present in the brain.
Nausea or Vomiting Major Common
Albendazole may cause nausea or vomiting or both if the intended use is to kill the parasites present in the brain.
Seizures Major Less Common
Albendazole may cause seizures or fits if the intended use is to kill the parasites present in the brain.
Darker Urine Moderate Less Common
Albendazole may cause the urine color to change to dark yellow.
Temporary Hair Loss Moderate Less Common
Albendazole may cause hair loss while taking the medication. But the hair loss is reversible and returns to normal.
Elevated Liver Enzymes Moderate Common
Albendazole may cause the liver enzyme liver to go up to moderate levels. Severe liver damage could be a possibility if the dosage is prolonged.
Allergic Skin Reaction Major Rare
Albendazole may cause a rare skin reaction called Erythema Multiforme. Other severe skin reactions including hives, rashes etc could also occur.
Blood Reactions Major Rare
Albendazole could cause blood reactions resulting in tiredness, lack of breath, abnormal bruising and bleeding.
How long is the duration of effect?
Albendazole is broken down in the liver and remains active in the body for an average of 8.5-9 hours.
What is the onset of action?
Albendazole is poorly absorbed from the Gastro-intestinal tract and reaches its peak levels within 2-5 hours of administration.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
Albendazole is suspected to cause harm to the developing fetus in pregnant women. Since there is a lack of conclusive evidence from studies on human, it is not recommended for use. However, its usage could be considered in cases where the potential benefits outweigh the risks associated.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
Albendazole is not excreted in the breast milk. It is recommended to consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
Are there any missed dose instructions?
The missed dose should be taken as soon as one remembers. However, if it is time for the next scheduled dose, then one should skip the missed one.
Are there any overdose instructions?
One should contact the Doctor immediately if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of overdosage include confusion, fainting, and difficulty in breathing.
United States
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Albendazole as ingredient
Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Laborate Pharmaceutical Ltd
Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd
Cure Quick Pharmaceuticals
Leeford Healthcare Ltd
Mars Theraputics & Chemicals Ltd
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Indchemie Health Specialities Pvt. Ltd
Zydus Cadila
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Shrinivas Gujarat Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Mankind Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd
Elder Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Lab Test
Information not available.
Interaction with Food
Grapefruit Juice Moderate
Albendazole should not be taken with grapefruit juice in order to avoid the unpredictable effect.
Interaction with Medicine
Clozapine Major
Any sign or symptom of infection should be properly reported. Usage of either of the drugs should be reported to the Doctor so that safer alternatives can be prescribed.
Dexamethasone Moderate
Suitable adjustments in the dosage is to be made under doctor's supervision before Albendazole is prescribed along with dexamethasone
Praziquantel Moderate
Suitable adjustments in the dosage is to be made before Albendazole is prescribed along with Praziquantel
Carbamazepine Moderate
Suitable adjustments in the dosage of Albendazole along with monitoring of levels by the Doctor is recommended.
Phenytoin Moderate
Suitable adjustments in the dosage of Albendazole along with monitoring of levels by the Doctor is recommended.
Albendazole gets converted into sulfoxide form and causes degeneration of cytoplasmic microtubules and tegmental cells. This results in depletion of energy and metabolic processes and the parasites are killed
What are you using Albendazole for?
Hydatid Disease
Cutaneous Larva Migrans
How much was the improvement?
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
Within 6 hours
Within 2 days
Within 2 hours
Within a day
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Not taking on daily level
Twice a day
Once a day
Thrice a day
Four times A Day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Nausea or Vomiting
Darker Urine
Allergic Skin Reaction
Temporary Hair Loss
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Popular Questions & Answers

Hello I am taking thyroid medicine (thyrox-25) but can I take albendazole medicine which is worm medicine. Can it be safe. I want to take thyroid medicine as well as albendazole. please help.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Dharwad
Lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. Thyroxine is taken early morning on emty stomach. Then nothing should be taken after that for at least 1 to 1 and half hour. Albendazole is to be taken at night, plus usually it is just one tablet or at times may be repeated after a fortnight. There is absolutely no problem in taking that if needed. Thanks.
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I have hyperthyroidism. Can I take albendazole, Without gaining more excessive weight. Because I have gained much weight last year after eating this tablet.

Endocrinologist, Delhi
I have hyperthyroidism. Can I take albendazole, Without gaining more excessive weight. Because I have gained much wei...
Albendazole is used to eliminate worms in intestine. It is not directly related to your weight gain. Diet control and regular exercise are mainstay of weight management.
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I have stomach worms from last 3-4 years. Doctor asked me to have albendazole tablets. After taking albendazole it feels good for 1 or 2 months but after that itching starts again and so as stomach worms. please help me.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical Cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
U have to improve your food habits do 1. Take 2/ 3 glass of warm water in the morning 2. Take more water in day 3. Take meals at fixed hrs, chew food properly/ completely, no eating quickly 4. Take small amount of food at a time, take more frequent meals - may be five times a day. 5. No spicy/ fried/ fast/ junk/processed food. 6. No smoking, chewing gum, and carbonated beverages. 6. No milk for few days, can take curd, no uncooked salad 7. Avoid constipation 8. Use nibu pani (lemon water) 2/ 3 times a day 9. Do not drink/ store water in plastic bottles. 10.relax and walk for 30 mts daily 11. Take enough rest- do not lie down immediately after eating 11. Keep your weight under control. 12. Keep your weight under control. For medicine contact on private consultation good luck..
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I have developed with pinworm infection a month before am taking albendazole after that It should be cure and again now I am found that am infected with pinworms can I take albendazole and it can be take during menstrual cycle?

DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Hi madam, Homoeopathy has good treatment for your problem and without side effects or addiction. Please take homoeopathic medicine Cina 200 daily in the morning and Natrum phos 200 in the evening (5 to 6 pills each time) for 7 days.
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Popular Health Tips

World Sexual Health day- Dispel your myths !

Diploma In Family Medicine, M.Sc - Psychotherapy
Sexologist, Pune

On the occasion of world sexual health day.
This day is being celebrated every year since 2010 by world association for sexual health. 
This year the theme is sexual health: eilminate the myths.
 As talking about sex life is considered a taboo, a lot of myths and misconceptions related to sexuality are rampant in all age groups and all the populations, rich or poor, educated or uneducated. Most of the them are wrong beliefs and are potenetially harmful to one's sexual and marital health.

Also, many industries are making huge amounts of money by feeding in such wrong beliefs to the society, such as spurious medicines, oils, illegal drugs, and such related services who offer miracle cures and charge huge amounts of money for conditions which are not even a disease. E. G dhat syndrome. They are doing so by instilling fear and ill-based beleifs in people's mind.

For those who are interested in educating themselves and live a better healthy life, here are some discussions

Some common myths dispelled

1. Menstrual blood is impure and women become impure during menstruation.
Correction: menstruation is normal physiological process in the womans body, there is nothing abnormal or sinister about it.

2. If a couple is not able to have a baby, it is the woman who is" baanz" and responsible for not getting pregnant.
Correction: in case of infertile couple the infertility factor may be due to either the male or the female or somtimes with both the partners.

3: some women are unable to bear a male child! sometimes such woman is abandoned or divoreced.
Correction: according to todays knowledge, the sex/gender of the unborn child depends entirely on the male sperm which has fertilised the ovum. If sperm carried the female chromosome the child will be a female and vice versa. So a woman has little of no role in determining the sex of the unborn child.

4. Sex is only for procreation (for having babies) and not for recreation (for mutual enjoyement).
Correction: in case of human being unlike animals, sex is basically meant for mutual pleasure and not just for having babies. Or else human beings will have to give birth to millions and trilions of babies every time they had sex, cause the semen contains millions of live sperms.

5. Sex and sexual pleasure is the forte of the men and women are only supposed to comply to men's wishes.
Correction: in human beings, both men and women are endowed with enough intelligence as well as body capacities. A women also has the capacity of wanting, and enjoying sex just as her male partner and for a happy couple life, both partners should make each other happy in bed too.

6. The sex life ends with women's menopause and the men crossing 40 to 50 years of age.
Correction: most men if are in good health after 40s, are able to remain sexually active well in their 70s or even 90s. Most women after late 30s or after menopause, in fact feel more interested in sex because they no longer fear getting pregnant.

7. A man can get erection whenever he wants.
Correction: just as a woman may have ups and downs of sexual desire, similarly men also go variation in their libido or erection depending upon physical condition, stress etc.

8. Masturbation and night fall leads to sexual dysfunction and loss of sexual power.
Correction: mastrubation and night fall are normal physiological processes of the body. They are as natural as feeling hungry and passing stools every day. They do not cause any loss of sexual power unless they have formed addictions. 

9. To satisfy women men should have long and thick penis.
Correction: satisfaction depends upon the intimacy and communication between two partners and the mutual ability to pleasuer each other. It is the not the cup that matters, it is the coffee inside the cup which is important.

10. A woman is virgin only if her hymen is not broken or only if she bleeds during first coitus.
Correction: there are no sureshot methods to gauge the intactness of virginity in males as well as in females. In a woman, the hymen may be absent altogether or may have broken duing running or cycling etc.

11. Sex and talking about sexual health is obscene and absurd.
Correction: making it a taboo will in fact spread lot of false information. If treated in a scientific way, talking about sex can be as normal as talking about normal life events.

12. Homosexuality is choice / homosexuality is a disease
Correction: people do not choose to be homosexuals, they usually exhibit or express what they are really born with! one does need to rememebr there can be compelling factors such as blackmail, emotional/physical, or lack of availability of opposite sex partner. 

13: sex education spoils the youth and encourages them to experiemnt.
Correction: any education imparts knowledge and helps you to make informed decisions, so is true with sex education. It makes one a responsible human being.

 Sexual health is the right of every person.

4 people found this helpful

Post Doctoral Fellowship in G I Surgery, MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Panchkula
How do gallstone form ?
Gallstones are either cholesterol gallstones (pure and mixed) or pigment stones (black or brown). Super-saturation of bile with cholesterol and stagnation of bile in the gallbladder are the two major causative factors which predispose to cholesterol gallstone formation. Mixed cholesterol gallstones are the commonest stones in adults and in adolescent girls. Pigment stones are more common in children. The composition of gallstones is also different in different parts India. In north and eastern India gallstones are predominantly cholesterol stones. The myth that seeds in vegetables lead to gallstone formation needs to be dispelled.
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Useful Tips to Keep Young Athletes Injury Free

MSc in Orhopedic Physiotherapy (UK), BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Bangalore
Useful Tips to Keep Young Athletes Injury Free


Useful Tips to Keep Young Athletes Injury Free

  • Be in proper physical condition to play a sport (a pre-participation sports physical examinations can be very useful in screening for potential problems)
  • Know and abide by the rules of a sport
  • Wear appropriate protective gear (for example, shin guards for soccer, a hard-shell helmet when facing a baseball pitcher, a helmet and body padding for ice hockey)
  • Know how to correctly use athletic equipment (for example, correctly adjusting the bindings on snow skis)
  • Always warm up before playing
  • Stay hydrated
  • Avoid playing when very tired or in pain

Health benefits of cupping therapy

MD (U), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Unani Specialist, Delhi
Health benefits of cupping therapy
Cupping therapy means letting out bad blood that is beneath the skin. Cupping therapy cure following diseases:

Colds & influenza, headaches, arthritis, intestinal disorders, sciatica, rheumatism, high blood pressure, bronchial asthma & congestion, gynecological disorders, kidney disorders (including frequent/urgent urination, dispels colds and respiratory infections, relieves gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea, liver disorders, gallbladder disorders, skin disorders, depression, fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety & insomnia, post-injury trauma, cellulite, musculo-skeletal problems: pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness, stiffness of the back and neck, chronic gastric pain, menopausal discomforts, infertility, thyroid diseases, activates the skin, clears stretch marks and wrinkles.

How to be More Confident in Bed

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
How to be More Confident in Bed

High sex drive and great sexual compatibility with your partner are not the only things required to spice up your sex life. The right attitude and lots of confidence are equally important. Read on to find out how you can boost your confidence between the sheets:

Don’t overthink

Breathe easy. It’s sex; not rocket science that you have to think too much and plan in advance. Just go with the flow and enjoy the moment. Overthinking will only complicate things and shift your focus away from the action.


Know your body

If you are not comfortable with your body, how will you know your pleasure points? And if you don’t know what makes you happy, how will you know if you are sexually compatible with your partner? It’s all connected, you see!



Communication is key. There’s no two way about it. Ditch the shyness and express your needs (your man expects it from you as well). The right communication will help turn on the heat for sure.


Stop comparing 

Every woman has her own positives and negatives. Embrace yourself for whoever you are. Comparing yourself with others will take you nowhere and all the good things in bed that could have come your way might just not. 


Add lots of foreplay

Foreplay is one of the best ways to steam things up. Lots of foreplay will help you and your partner forge that comfortable bond and dispel those inhibitions. This will eventually lead to a lot of naughty things.

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Table of Content

About Albendazole
When is Albendazole prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Albendazole ?
What are the side effects of Albendazole ?
Key highlights of Albendazole
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Albendazole approved?
Medicines containing Albendazole
What are the interactions for Albendazole ?