Active ingredients: albendazole
What it is used for
HYDATID DISEASE: Albendazole is indicated for the treatment of hydatid cysts caused by E. granulosus in adults and children over 6 years of age, where surgical intervention is not feasible because of anatomic site or the presence of multiple cysts. Albendazole shows greatest efficacy in the treatment of liver, lung and peritoneal cysts. Experience with bone cysts or those in the heart or central nervous system is limited, but cases of successful treatment with prolonged course of albendazole have been reported. Albendazole may also be used as an adjunct to surgical excision of hydatid cysts either: 1) prior to surgical intervention, or 2) post-operatively, if pre-operative treatment was too short (less than two separate 28-day cycles) or if viable cysts are found at surgery. LARVAL TAENIASIS (NEUROCYSTICERCOSIS): Albendazole is effective in the treatment of neurocysticercosis (NCC) in courses as short as 7 days. OTHER INDICATIONS: There is also evidence that albendazole is effective against Capillaria philippinensis in courses of 10 days.
How to take it
The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.
- Store below 30 degrees Celsius
- Shelf lifetime is 5 Years.
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Mottled pale orange rounded oblong biconvex tablets with a score line on one side, and embossed "ALB 400" on the reverse, and a characteristic fruity odour.
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is
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For the active ingredient albendazole
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