Generic Name : Praziquantel Pronunciation : pray-zi-KWON-tel Therapeutic Classification : Antihelmintics ICD Code : Y41.4
India- Cest Tab, Cysticide Tab, Distocide Tab, Prazine Tab.
International- Biltricide. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is an anthelmintic agent, used to treat tapeworm, schitosomal and fluke infections. It works by killing sensitive worms. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Contraindicated in patients hypersensitivity and cysticercosis of the eye.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
Dose varies depending on the type of infection. Dose for tapeworm infection is 5-25 mg/kg taken in the morning. How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth with water and a meal. Warnings and Precautions :
*Do not breastfeed during or for 72 hr after treatment. It may make you drowsy.
*Do not drive a car or operate machinery on the day and next day after taking this medication.
*Caution needed for patients with history of seizures or liver, kidney, or heart disease. Side Effects :
Central Nervous System- Headache, drowsiness, dizziness, drowsiness, malaise, vertigo.
Gastrointestinal- Bitter taste, abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, bloody diarrhea.
Skin- Hives, rashes, itching.
Heart- Abnormal heart rhythm, slow heart rate, AV block.
Miscellaneous- Fever, eosinophilia, allergic reactions, muscle pain.
*Avoid prolonged usage of this medication. Storage Conditions :
Store it at room temperature. Keep this medication in an airtight container and keep away from children.
Comment & Contribute
Ask an Expert