Albendazole is an antihelminthic drug prescribed for treating a variety of parasitic worm infestations such as ascariasis, filariasis or roundworm disease, giardiasis, trichuriasis, pinworm disease, neurocysticercosis, and hydatid disease. It is also used to treat strongyloidiasis, trichinosis, trichostrongyliasis, capillariasis, cutaneous larva migrans, and microsporidiosis including Septata intestinalis infection. Albendazole works by killing sensitive parasites in the body.
Side effects of Xenith
- Central Nervous System: Headache, seizures, confusion, raised intracranial pressure, dizziness/vertigo, signs that meningeal sings.
- Skin: Reversible hair loss, infection, hypersensitivity including rash and hives, allergic reactions.
- Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting.
- Genitourinary: Acute kidney failure, dark urine.
- Liver: Abnormal Liver Function Tests, inflammation of liver
- Blood: Decrease in the number of white blood cells, thrombocytes, hemoglobin.
- Miscellaneous: Fever.
Warnings and Precaution for Xenith
• Patients being treated for neurocysticercosis should receive appropriate steroid and anticonvulsant therapy as required.
• It is important to take iron every day while you are being treated for hookworm infection because it causes anemia.
• Administer within 7 days of start of normal menstruation in women of childbearing age.
• Adequate non-hormonal contraceptive measures must be taken during and for 1 month after therapy.
• Perform liver function tests and blood counts before and every 2 wk during high dose therapy of hydatid disease.
• It may cause bone marrow depression.
• It may cause dizziness. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
• In young children, the tablets should be crushed or chewed and swallowed with glass of water.