Albenza belongs to a group of drugs known as anthelmintics, drugs which have the ability to kill parasites. Doctors will prescribe Albenza to get rid of a tapeworm infection and other parasitic infections.
A minority of patients who take Albenza experience side effects. These could include symptoms similar to the symptoms of the flu: fever, chills and aches. They could also include blistering, rashes, peeling skin, unexplainable muscle weakness, yellow eyes, yellow skin, problems with your vision, any kind of urinary difficulties or changes, and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Should you experience any of these side effects, be sure to get medical attention as soon as possible. Also get medical help right away should you show any sign of being allergic to this drug once you start taking it, signs such as facial or tongue swelling, hives or breathing problems. See a doctor, too, if the infection for which you are taking Albenza shows no signs of going away after a week or so, or if these symptoms actually get worse over time. Less serious side effects that may occur as a result of Albenza usage are nausea, vomiting, headaches or pain in the stomach. You don’t need to see a doctor if you experience these less severe side effects, unless you find they are especially bothersome or persistent. And many patients who take Albenza will experience no side effects whatsoever.
Albenza has unusually strict rules for storage. You need to keep this drug in a container that you can close tightly. You do not want moisture, heat or light to get at your supply of Albenza. Further, you need to make sure that the temperature at which you store this drug remains constant between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure your kids and your pets don’t have access to your Albenza, and finally, do NOT keep this drug in your bathroom. And if for some reason you needed to get rid of some of your Albenza supply, don’t just throw it away. You should call a pharmacist instead to get specific instructions on this disposal.
Albenza is taken orally, with food, in capsule form. Unlike many oral medications, you are allowed to chew an Albenza tablet, or crush it, before you swallow it, which is a good feature for those who have trouble swallowing pills. Make sure you follow your prescription exactly, and keep taking this drug for precisely as long as it’s prescribed, and take it at the same times each day. If you forget to take an Albenza capsule at some point, and this is easy to do, just take a tablet right away, as soon as you remember, unless it’s almost time for your next tablet. In that case, just take one tablet at the next scheduled time. You don’t want to take two Albenza tablets too closely together. And (obviously) do not share your supply of Albenza with any other person.
When you are on Albenza, you should limit your intake of alcohol. Drinking alcohol to excess while on this drug can lead to severe dizziness and even liver problems. Likewise, don’t take Albenza if you are on other medications unless you first clear it with your doctor. Also, Albenza can temporarily weaken your immune system. For that reason, try to stay away from people who have colds or the flu as much as you can. You should not take Albenza while you are pregnant, and you should wait for at least a full month after you stop taking this drug before you become pregnant, because the medicine can do damage to a fetus. And if you are breastfeeding, you want to discuss that fact with your doctor before you begin taking this medication. Finally, Albenza is probably not safe for children under one year of age.