Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking albendazole tablets.
If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call your doctor.
Indications and Usage
Albendazole is available in the form of tablet and consumed orally. It is advisable to take with food twice a day.
When albendazole is used to treat neurocysticercosis, it is usually taken for 8 to 30 days. When albendazole is used to treat cystic hydatid disease, it is usually taken for 28 days, followed by a 14-day break, and repeated for a total of three cycles.
It is advisable to take albendazole at around the same time every day.
Driving or operating machinery is okay, as it does not cause any ailment. Adverse effects on the ability to drive or operate machinery have not been observed.
Albendazole should not be administered during pregnancy or in women thought to be pregnant. It is not known whether albendazole or its metabolites are secreted in human breast milk. Thus albendazole should not be used during lactation unless the potential benefits are considered to outweigh the potential risks associated with treatment.
Albendazole may cause liver problems. Therefore excessive drinking of alcohol along with medication might lead to the risk of developing liver cirrhosis, therefore limiting of alcohol consumption while taking this medication is advisable.
Administration and Dosage
The usual dose for adults is:
- Less than 60kg: 15mg/kg/day orally in divided doses twice a day with meals. Maximum dose: 800mg/day;
- 60kg or more: 400mg orally twice a day with meals;
- Duration of therapy: 28-day cycle followed by a 14-day drug-free interval, for a total of 3 cycles.
The usual dose for children is:
- Children less than 20kg: 200mg orally as a single dose; repeat in 2 weeks;
- Children at least 20kg: 400mg orally as a single dose; repeat in 2 weeks;
- Some experts recommend: 400mg orally as a single dose; repeat in 2 weeks.
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise.
Albendazole may interact with the following medications: cimetidine, dexamethasone, praziquantel, and theophylline. We cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions, therefore, consult with your doctor about any medications you are taking, before your treatment with albendazole tablets.
If someone is overdosed might have symptoms of breathlessness or passing out. This has to be reported to the medical health professional and seek a medical help urgently.
No adverse reactions have been reported.