MEBENDAZOLE oral

Prescription under medical supervision


Therapeutic action

– Anthelminthic

Indications

– Ascariasis (Ascaris lumbricoides), trichuriasis (Trichuris trichiura), hookworm infections (Ancylostoma duodenale, Necator americanus), enterobiasis (Enterobius vermicularis), trichinellosis (Trichinella sp)

Forms and strengths

– 100 mg tablet

Dosage and duration

– Ascariasis, trichuriasis, hookworm infections
Child over 6 months and adult: 100 mg 2 times daily for 3 days
Child over 6 months but under 10 kg: 50 mg 2 times daily for 3 days

– Enterobiasis
Child over 6 months and adult: 100 mg single dose
Child over 6 months but under 10 kg: 50 mg single dose
A second dose may be given after 2 to 4 weeks.

– Trichinellosis
Child over 2 years: 2.5 mg/kg 2 times daily for 10 to 15 days
Adult: 200 mg 2 times daily for 10 to 15 days

Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

– Do not administer to children under 6 months.
– May cause: gastrointestinal disturbances, headache, dizziness.
– Pregnancy: avoid during the first trimester
– Breast-feeding: no contra-indication

Remarks

– Use albendazole in preference to mebendazole: albendazole is easier to use and is preferred in mixed infections as it has a broader spectrum of activity.
– Tablets are to be chewed or crushed: follow manufacturer's instructions.
– Take tablets between meals.
  Storage: below 25 °C -  -