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Praziquantel-Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Praziquantel is used to treat parasitic and worm infections.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Praziquantel exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Praziquantel should be taken with or immediately after a full meal. The tablet can be swallowed whole, in halves or in quarters. To prevent gagging or vomiting, do not to chew or crush the tablet. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Take this medicine at regular intervals. Do not skip any doses and continue to take Praziquantel even when you feel better. To clear the infection, you must complete the entire course unless otherwise directed.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have eye problems as Praziquantel may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Praziquantel with rifampicin (medicine for tuberculosis).

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following:

- brain disease
- heart disease
- liver disease
- epilepsy (seizures or fits)
- a type of parasitic infection called “Schistosomiasis”

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Practise good hygiene to reduce the chances of getting infected again. Wash your hands before eating and after using the toilet.

What side effects could I experience?

Praziquantel may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: vomiting, stomach discomfort, nausea, diarrhoea, headache and tiredness.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Praziquantel with rifampicin (medicine for tuberculosis).

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for epilepsy (seizures or fits) e.g. carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital
- medicines for malaria e.g. chloroquine
- medicines to treat fungal infections e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole
- cimetidine (medicine to neutralise stomach acid)
- erythromycin (antibiotic)

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Praziquantel.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Praziquantel-Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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