Antiminth is used for the treatment of intestinal worm infections like pinworm, hookworm, and roundworm.
Antiminth belongs to a type of drugs called anthelmintics which works by paralyzing worms so that the body can take them out of the system. Antiminth is not recommended to be used in children who are under 2 years of age, unless prescribed by a doctor.
Antiminth is available over the counter and comes in liquid and tablet forms. Antiminth may be given to other family members or close contact as intestinal worm infections can be spread easily with the infected individual. It is also advised that those who use Antiminth disinfect their daily clothes, linens, and towels to lessen the chances of the infections being spread.
Antiminth is given orally as a single dose of up to 1 gram. However, dosage may vary according to the weight and response to the medication of the patient. Doctors may also alter the dosage according to the kind of worm infection of the patient. Doctors may also direct patients to use Antiminth to repeat the dosage in 2 weeks.
Always shake the liquid suspension of Antiminth before using it. It is ideal to measure a dose using a spoon, dropper, or cup to ensure precise dosiage. Antiminth may be taken with fruit juice or milk. It can be taken without a laxative. In case the condition worsens or continues after 3 days, patients should immediately inform their doctors.
Antiminth should be stored at room temperature and kept away from direct sunlight or heat.
Before using Antiminth, patients must inform their doctors of any history of allergy to various drugs. They must also inform their doctors of their medical history particularly history of having liver disease, malnutrition and anemia. Antiminth can cause dizziness in its users. Users of Antiminth should be cautious when driving or doing any type of activity requiring mental alertness. Consumption of alcoholic beverages should also be limited when taking Antiminth.
Pregnant women should also be advised against taking Antiminth. They should ask their doctors about the benefits and risks of taking Antiminth with their doctors. It has not been proven, however, that Antiminth can be passed on to babies who are breastfeeding.
Certain drugs may affect on the effectiveness of Antiminth. Consult your doctor is you are taking any of these drugs: theophylline, theochron, theolair, theo-dur, and elixophylline. There are also other drugs that may decrease the effectiveness of Antiminth, so patients should tell their doctors of the medications they are taking before beginning to use Antiminth.
Antiminth can cause some side effects to its users. Patients should immediately inform their doctors if they experience any signs of side effects like swollen face, tongue, and lips, difficulty in breathing, hives, and closing of the throat. Other side effects may also appear such as nausea, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, lack of appetite, and insomnia may also trouble users of Antiminth.
Antiminth has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of antiminth is C19H24N2O2
Generic name: Praziquantel
Brand name(s): Biltricide
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