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Thiabendazole Oral suspension

It is used to treat infections caused by roundworms, hookworms, pinworms, whipworms, or threadworms.

Generic Name: thiabendazole

Brand Names: Mintezol

What is this medicine?

THIABENDAZOLE (thye a BEN da zole) is used to treat infections caused by roundworms, hookworms, pinworms, whipworms, or threadworms.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • anemia
  • dehydration
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • malnutrition
  • other chronic illness
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to thiabendazole, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take after meals. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Finish the full course of medicine prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you feel better.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • aminophylline
  • caffeine
  • theophylline

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional to check that your infection has gone. If you have a severe infection you may need a second course of tablets.

Wash your hands, scrub your fingernails and shower often. Every day change and launder bedclothes, linens, and undergarments. This will help keep other family members from getting infected. Disinfect the toilet every day, and damp mop the floors often to reduce the number of worm eggs.

Other people in your house may need treatment. Check with your doctor or health care professional as some worms are spread easily. Treat cats and dogs regularly for worms.

You may get dizzy. Until you know how this medicine affects you, do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blurred vision
  • breathing problems
  • diarrhea
  • dry eyes
  • dry mouth
  • fever or chills, sore throat
  • persistent cough
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • seizures
  • unusually weak or tired
  • yellowing of eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dizziness
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting
  • ringing in the ears
  • stomach pain

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: September 02, 2009
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