Zentel 400mg is used to treat infections like neurocysticercosis caused by the pork tapeworm that causes seizures, vision problems, and brain swelling.æ It is also used to treat cystic hydatid disease caused by the dog tapeworm that may affect organs like the lung, liver, and the lining of the abdomen.æ It prevents insect larvae or worms and their eggs from multiplying in your body and gets them to be excreted from your body.æ It is extremely effective in treating tapeworms, whipworms, hookworms, pinworms, threadworms, and so on from the tissues and the digestive tracts.
Dosage and Administration
Zentel 400mg is usually taken as 2 tablets a day for a course lasting one to two weeks.æ The dosages may vary according to the disease it is being treated for.æ It is important to finish the course as prescribed by your doctor to ensure the infection is destroyed completely.æ A second course may be necessary for serious cases.æ This medication can be chewed or broken if you cannot swallow it whole.æ Generally medical practitioners advise that the entire family be treated.
The most common side effects associated with Zentel 400mg are:
- Stomach pain
- Nausea and vomiting
Less common side effects you may experience include:
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Paleness and weakness
- Temporary hair loss
Zentel 400mg is not to be taken by pregnant or lactating women.æ It should be avoided if you are allergic to any of the components of this medicine.æ It may lower your blood cells that fight infections causing you to bleed easily or contract infections quickly.æ It is better not to be around people with the flu or other contagious illness while you are on this medication.æ Your blood should be tested regularly to ensure your blood cells do not get too low.
Before taking Zentel 400mg you must advise your doctor if you:
- Have ever had liver disease or abnormal liver function tests.
- Are taking theophylline or other prescription or non prescription drugs
- Are having surgery including dental surgery.
- Are on vitamins or supplements.
Drug Interactions with Zentel 400mg:
Cimetidine, dexamethasone, and theophylline may interact with albendazole, so your doctor should be informed if you are on any one of those drugs.