This medication is indicated for the treatment of intestinal worm infections, including pinworm, roundworm, and hookworm. Pyrantel belongs to the class of pharmaceutical agents known as anthelmintics. Its mechanism of action involves inducing paralysis in the worms, rendering them immobile, thereby facilitating their natural elimination through excretion.
Uses and Dosage
Administer this medication orally, either with or without food, in accordance with the prescribed guidelines or the instructions provided by your healthcare professional. Typically, it is taken as a single dose. Consumption with milk or fruit juice is permissible.
The use of a laxative alongside this medication is unnecessary.
In the case of chewable tablets, thoroughly chew each tablet before swallowing. For the liquid formulation, ensure that the bottle is well-shaken prior to each dose. Employ a specialized measuring device or spoon to accurately measure the prescribed dosage. Avoid employing a household spoon, as it may result in an incorrect dose measurement.
The appropriate dosage of this medication is determined by factors such as body weight, the type of infection being treated, and the response to the treatment. Do not exceed a total of 1 gram in a single dose. If you are self-treating for pinworms, take the medication once and refrain from repeating the dose without first consulting your doctor. Depending on the specific worm infection, your doctor may instruct you to take the medication once or for several days. Additionally, your doctor may advise repeating the dose after a two-week interval.
If you continue to observe the presence of worms in your stool, experience persistent or worsening symptoms, suspect a different type of worm infection, or have concerns about a significant medical issue, seek immediate medical assistance.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- upset stomach
- loss of appetite
- stomach cramps
- stomach pain
- straining and pain during bowel movements
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- skin rash
- severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- severe dizziness
- ongoing headache
Prior to initiating pyrantel treatment, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies, including allergies to this medication or any other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients that could potentially trigger allergic reactions or other complications.
Before commencing the use of this medication, disclose your complete medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have a history of liver disease, severe malnutrition, or anemia.
In rare cases, this drug may induce drowsiness or dizziness. The consumption of alcohol or marijuana may exacerbate these effects. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities that demand alertness until you are confident in your ability to do so safely.
Chewable tablets may contain aspartame. If you are taking these tablets and have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that necessitates restricting aspartame (or phenylalanine) intake, consult your doctor or pharmacist to ensure the safe use of the chewable tablets.
During pregnancy, this medication should only be used when clearly necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is uncertain whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding to make an informed decision.
Form and Strength
Combantrin is available in the following forms and strengths:
Does Combantrin paralyse worms?
Combantrin works by paralyzing the worms. They are then passed in the stool.
What worms does Combantrin get rid of?
Combantrin is used to treat roundworm, hookworm, pinworm, and other worm infections.