Distocide 600 comes in tablet form and contains 600 mg of Praziquantel. It is given to those who are suffering from infections due to liver fluke or infections caused by Schistosoma mekongi, mansoni or hematobium. It is also used to treat worm and parasitic infections that occur due to tapeworms.
Dosage And Administration
Distocide 600 has to be swallowed whole and not chewed. It has to be taken with a full glass of water with food or after a meal. It is taken in a single day but in three doses and there should be a gap of 5-6 hours between each dosage. Of course, it is always best to follow the doctorÍs advice and the correct dosage will be decided depending upon the patientÍs weight. If required, the tablet can be split
Like most drugs there is the possibility that Distocide 600 does have some side effects. Some of the ones that are more commonly reported are as follows:
- Stomach Pain
- Excess fatigue
- Muscle or joint pains
The moment any such symptoms are seen it is important to visit a doctor.
There are a few very serious side effects that could affect some patients and in that case the patient has to be rushed to the emergency department. These are the more serious symptoms:
- Skin rashes
- Difficulty in swallowing or breathing
- Chest tightness
When Distocide 600 has been prescribed it is necessary to inform your doctor if you are allergic to any of the components of the medicine and if you:
- suffer from heart, liver or kidney problems
- have a history of seizures
- have ever had worm infection in the brain
- have or have had ocular cysticercosis (when the eye is infected with tapeworm)
- drive heavy vehicles or operate machinery as a part of your work
- are pregnant or breast feeding
- have taken rifampin in the past one month
Doctors also need to be told if the patient is advanced in age.
Drug Interactions with Praziquantel
The bioavailability decreases when used with Chloroquine, Phenytoin and Carbamazepine. The bioavailability increases when used with the drug cimetidine. Plasma concentrations of praziquantel decreases when the antibiotic rifampicin is used.