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Levamisole - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Levamisole

Generic Name : Levamisole
Pronunciation : leave AH mih sole
Latest prescription information about Levamisole. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Antihelmintics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Levamisole

India : 


International : 


Why is Levamisole Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an anthelminthic and immunomodulator, prescribed for cancer treatment and also used for roundworm infection. It interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body. It is used in the treatment of colon cancer. 

When should Levamisole not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with history of pre-existing blood disorders; during pregnancy and lactation; inflammation of joints, severe kidney problems.

What is the dosage of Levamisole?

The recommended dose is 150mg/day, in 3 equally divided doses, by mouth for 3 days. Maintenance- three-day course every two weeks for a year.

How should Levamisole be taken?

This medication is available in the form of tablet to take by mouth once a day, with food and glass of water.

What are the warnings and precautions for Levamisole?

• It may lead to liver damage, may cause skin, nose and vaginal dryness, may affect other organs of the body, including the kidneys, blood vessels, lungs, liver, pancreas, and brain(Sjogren’s syndrome).

What are the side effects of Levamisole?

  Central Nervous System: Memory loss, loss of consciousness, fatigue, tingling, seizures and speech disturbances.
  Miscellaneous: Muscle weakness, difficulty in breathing, hives, swelling of lips, tongue, face, fever and chills.

What are the other precautions for Levamisole?

Avoid changing dosage without consulting with healthcare providers.

What are the storage conditions for Levamisole?

Store below 25°C (77°F).

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dkg99, India

Excellent information on Levamisole Hydrocloride in treatment of vitiligo also.

Bonani, India

I was diagnosed with vitiligo and I am prescribed Decaris,twice a week at night. I have been taking it for last five months, after reading the side effects of the medicine I am scared, should I discontinue or ask the doctor? The vitiligo patches are partially gone.please advise.

noufal, Bahrain

sir, iam using dicaris tab.iam worriedabout side effect,i have alopesia sickness, can pls advice about side effect.

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