Biltricide is often prescribed in the generic form, praziquantel. It is a member of the family of drugs known as antihelimintics, which is used primarily for fighting infections caused by worms in the Schistosoma family of parasitic worms. It prevents the worms from growth and procreation inside the human body.
The tablets should never be crushed, broken, or split. Each tablet must be taken whole. This medication may cause sudden dizziness, and caution should be used when driving a car or operating machinery.
Biltricide is not suitable for every patient. The prescribing physician should perform a thorough medical examination before prescribing this medication. Patients with a health history which includes parasitic infections of the eye, and certain drug sensitivities should refrain from taking Biltricide.
The American Food and Drug Administration rated Biltricide as a pregnancy risk category B, meaning that this drug is not considered harmful to a developing fetus. Biltricide has been proven to be excreted in breast milk. Nursing women should avoid this medication. Women who are pregnant or are likely to become pregnant should discuss the risks and the benefits with the physician before starting their prescription. Physicians should be notified of pregnancies immediately.
Some side effects can become life threatening if the patient does not receive immediate medical care. These side effects can include severe vomiting, dehydration, and allergic reactions. An allergic reaction will often present with hives accompanied by swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, and distressed breathing.
Most side effects are harmless and do not require medical intervention. Side effects may include hives, headaches, fevers, dizziness, abdominal discomfort, and upset stomach.
Patients should be careful to follow dosing instructions. Stopping this medication too early may render the treatment ineffective. Missing too many doses may also render the treatment ineffective. If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as possible. However, doses should not be taken too closely together. Skipping the missed dose is permissible and advisable if it is nearing time for the next dose. Taking too much medication at once or too close together may cause an overdose.
There are no directly recorded statistical symptoms regarding overdoses. If an overdose is suspected, the patient should concede to immediate medical treatment. An emergency room doctor should be able to assess the possibility of adverse effects.
Some medications may create a less effective environment in the human body, and thus should be taken into consideration when prescribing Biltricide. Medication such as phenytoin, ethotoin, and mephenytoin or other medications used to help control seizure activity can decrease the effectiveness of this medication.
Other medications may cause interactions with Biltricide. Patients should never take additional over the counter or prescription medications without first consulting the doctor. The same is true for patients starting a new vitamin or herbal supplement, including energy shots or drinks.
This infection can not be cured via fasting, laxatives, or purging and in fact may decrease the medication’s ability to help treat the infection. Patients should maintain a healthy diet and provide their body with ample fluids and plenty of rest.
This medication has not been approved for use in children less than 4 years of age. Children with additional medical problems may respond differently to Biltricide and careful monitoring is required for unhealthy children under the age of 17.
Biltricide has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of biltricide is C19H24N2O2
• Biltricide available : 600mg tablets
• Biltricide available : 600mg tablets
Generic name: Praziquantel
Brand name(s): Antiminth
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