ABD 400 mg
ABD is used to treat infections caused by worms. Albendazole works by keeping the worm from absorbing sugar (glucose), so that the worm loses energy and dies. ABD is used to treat certain tapeworm infections (e.g., neurocysticercosis). Use ABD for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional. This drug may also be used to treat other types of worm infections.
Take ABD by mouth with meals, usually 1 to 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor. If you or your child have trouble swallowing tablets, you may crush or chew your dose and take it with water. Dosage is based on your weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.
Take ABD exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Some conditions may require you to stop ABD for 2 weeks and then restart the medication. If that is the case, it may be helpful to mark the calendar with a reminder of when you need to restart the medication.
Use ABD regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. Continue to take ABD until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days.
Stopping ABD too early may result in a return of the infection. Other medications (e.g., corticosteroids, anti-seizure medications) may also be prescribed for your current condition. Take those medications exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Side Effects: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, headache, or temporary hair loss may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed ABD because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
Many people using ABD do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, yellowing eyes/skin, severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: unusual tiredness, easy bruising/bleeding, signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), change in the amount of urine, severe/persistent headache, seizures, confusion, very stiff neck.
A very serious allergic reaction to Albendazole is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
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