Helmex 400 MG Tablet
Helmex 400 MG Tablet is generally prescribed to treat diseases like neurocysticercosis (affecting the brain, muscles and other tissues) and giardiasis (intestinal infection). This drug is an antiparasitic drug. It is used for treating several diseases caused by an infestation of parasitic worms.
It also treats hydatid disease, pinworm disease (intestinal infection), ascariasis (gastrointestinal infection), filariasis (affecting the lymph nodes and vessels) and others. The drug falls under the group of drugs known as anthelmintics.
It expels the parasitic worms either by stunning them or killing them without causing notable damage to the host body. The anthelmintic drug kills the sensitive parasites in your body.
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)
Also inform the doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, breast-feeding mother or In case you are allergic to Helmex 400 MG Tablet, or any other medicines or food.
In case you forget to take a dose of this medication, you can take it as soon as you remember it. 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 this tablet to treat your child’s condition. Take according to prescribed dosage schedule with meals.
You may experience loss of hair (reversible); dizziness or headaches (use caution when driving or engaging in tasks that require alertness until response to drug is known). Report unusual fever, abdominal pain, unresolved vomiting, yellowing of skin or eyes, darkening of urine, or light colored stools.
This drug is utilised for the treatment of conditions like:
How long is the duration of effect?This drug 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?This drug is poorly absorbed from the Gastro-intestinal tract and reaches its peak levels within 2-5 hours of administration.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?It 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?It is not excreted in the breast milk. It is recommended to consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
Does this affect kidney function?No relevant information available. Kindly consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Does this affect liver function?It cause an increase in LFTs. Thus dose is needed to be adjusted. Kindly consult your doctor before taking this medication.
Is It safe with alcohol?It is unknown whether it is safe or not to consume Helmex 400 MG Tablet with alcohol.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?Helmex 400 MG Tablet may affect the alertness of the patient taking it.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Helmex 400 MG Tablet , and hence can be used as its substitute.
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.
This active constituent gets converted into sulfoxide form and causes degeneration of cytoplasmic microtubules and tegmental cells. It results in depletion of energy and metabolic processes and the parasites are killed.
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 Medicine
ClozapineAny 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.
DexamethasoneSuitable adjustments in the dosage is to be made under doctor's supervision before this drug is prescribed along with dexamethasone
PraziquantelSuitable adjustments in the dosage is to be made before this drug is prescribed along with Praziquantel
CarbamazepineSuitable adjustments in the dosage of this medication along with monitoring of levels by the Doctor is recommended.
PhenytoinSuitable adjustments in the dosage of it, along with monitoring of levels by the Doctor is recommended.
Interaction with Food
Grapefruit JuiceHelmex 400 MG Tablet should not be taken with grapefruit juice in order to avoid the unpredictable effect. Administer with a high fatty diet.
Interaction with Disease
- Discontinue therapy if LFT elevations are significant; may restart treatment when decreased to pretreatment values.
- Becoming pregnant within 1 month following therapy is not advised.
- Corticosteroids should be administered 1-2 days before albendazole therapy in patients with neurocysticercosis to minimize inflammatory reactions and steroid and anticonvulsant therapy should be used concurrently during the first week of therapy for neurocysticercosis to prevent cerebral hypertension.
- If retinal lesions exist in patients with neurocysticercosis, weigh risk of further retinal damage due to albendazole-induced changes to the retinal lesion vs benefit of disease treatment.
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