mebendazole (Vermox) Side Effects, Dosage & Warnings

What is mebendazole chewable, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Mebendazole is a member of the benzimidazole class
of antiparasitic agents, which also includes thiabendazole, albendazole, and
triclabendazole. Mebendazole, like other benzimidazoles, causes death of
parasites by interfering with the function of tubulin, an important protein in
parasites, and preventing glucose uptake. Mebendazole is active against
tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, threadworms, pinworms, pork worms, and
whipworms. The FDA approved mebendazole in June 1974.

Is mebendazole chewable available as a generic drug?


Do I need a prescription for mebendazole chewable?


What are the side effects of mebendazole chewable?

Mebendazole may cause:


Pancreatitis is inflammation of an organ in the abdomen called the pancreas.
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What is the dosage for mebendazole chewable?

Recommendations are based on the infecting organism being treated.

  • Initial dosing for some hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm, and whipworm infections
    is 100 mg twice daily for 3 days.
  • Initial dosing for pinworm infection is 100 mg
    as a single dose. The dose may be repeated in 2 to 3 weeks if needed.

Which drugs or supplements interact with mebendazole chewable?

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Is mebendazole chewable safe to take if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Adverse outcomes in animal studies have been observed. Adverse
outcomes in human pregnancy have not been seen, however the Centers for Disease
Control recommends postponing pinworm therapy until the third trimester when

NURSING MOTHERS: While excretion into
breast milk is unlikely, caution should
be used since data is not available on excretion of mebendazole into breast

What else should I know about mebendazole chewable?

What preparations of mebendazole chewable are available?

Chewable tablets: 100 mg

How should I keep mebendazole chewable stored?

Mebendazole should be protected from light and stored at room temperature, between 15 C to 30 C (59 F to 86 F).

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