Read the side effects of Diethylcarbamazine as described in the medical literature. In case of any doubt consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Central nervous system:
(inflammation of the brain)
Cardio vascular system:
Increase in heart rate, low blood pressure resulting in dizziness
Muscle and joint pain
Retinal hemorrhage (bleed in the inner light-sensitive layer of the eye), vision problems
Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, chills and fever
Other Precautions :
• In severe cases, convulsions may occur which can be treated by diazepam
• Urine samples should be monitored as loss of protein in the urine may occur.
• Due to the destruction of the microfilariae parasite, a reaction which includes fever, headache, dizziness and asthmatic attacks may occur. It can be managed by either reducing the dosage or stopping the treatment temporarily.
• It can also be prevented with pretreatment with corticosteroids such as dexamethasone, 2 to 4 mg twice a day.