Albendazole is an anti-parasite medication whose precise definition is "anthelmintic benzimidazole". It is able to carry out both a local and systemic antiparasitic action (in the intestine). Its action is based on alteration of some mechanisms essential for the survival of the parasite, including the use of glucose by the parasite itself. All this has an impact on the metabolic activity of the parasite, which undergoes paralysis and subsequent death.
What is Albendazole?
Albendazole is a broad-spectrum anti-parasite medication active against most intestinal parasites supported by tapeworms and roundworms. It is also particularly useful in the treatment of systemic infections with Echinococcus granulosus and Echinococcus multilocularis.
How should Albendazole be taken?
The drug is commercially available for oral use, in the form of tablets or solutions, or as well as injections.
Side Effects associated with Albendazole
The drug is usually well tolerated by the body. However, in cases of prolonged use (in the case of systemic parasitic disease, for example) it may lead to the following:
- Gastrointestinal disorders: nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea ;
- Neurological disorders: headaches;
- Hematologic disorders: leukopenia, trombicitopenia;
- Hypersensitivity reactions with dermatological (rash) and systemic (fever) effects;
Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Albendazole
We strongly advise against the use of Albendazole in patients with liver disease. In case of pregnancy, the suspected teratogenic and mutagenic effects attributed to albendazole mean that its use is contraindicated in this particular period of life, as well as in the subsequent period of breastfeeding.