About the drug:
The active ingredient of the drug is Praziquantel. The medicine is mainly used to treat infections caused by Schistosoma worms.
Uses of the drug:
The medicine is used in the treatment of various infections caused by Schistosoma worms. It is also used in the treatment of infections caused by parasites such as liver flukes, which is a worm that is found in East Asia and can enter the body when contaminated fish is consumed. These worms are endemic in South America, Africa, Middle Eastern countries, parts of Asia and the Carribean.
Working of the drug:
Praziquantel is an anti-worm drug that prevents newly hatched insect larvae from multiplying in the body.
The manufacturer of Distocide – 600 mg is Cipla, India. You can buy Distocide – 600 mg online also.
Dosage form and strengths:
This drug is available in the tablet form in the following strength
Distocide – 600 mg
Before you take this drug:
Do not take this drug if you:
Are allergic to the main ingredient of the drug or to any other ingredients of the drug.
Are children younger than 4 years of age.
Tell your doctor if you:
Are pregnant, planning to be pregnant or breastfeeding your baby.
Have kidney or liver disease
Have heart disease or a history of seizures or epilepsy.
Are allergic to any medicine.
Are taking any other medicine.
How much to take the drug?
The dosage of the medicine depends on several factors such as age, weight, severity of condition, response to treatment, drug interaction and so on. ?The doctor will prescribe you with the medicine only after examining you thoroughly. The medicine is usually taken three times a day at an interval of 4 to 6 hours. This may however vary on a case to case basis.
How to take the drug?
Take the medicine exactly as instructed by your doctor. Do not alter the dosage in any way or take it for more days than recommended. The medicine should be taken with a meal. It should be taken by mouth with the help of a glass of water. ?Take the medicine as a whole and do not break or crush the medicine.
For how long to take it?
The medicine is to be taken for the entire prescribed period of time and should not be stopped mid way as it may result in adverse effect in the body.
It is desirable to take only the prescribed quantity of the medicine and not to overdose it at any point of time. Get emergency medical attention as soon as you can in case of overdose of the medicine. Overdose of the medicine can lead to several side effects hence should be avoided as much as possible.
If you miss a dose of the medicine then you must take it as soon as you remember provided the next dose is not very close. If the next dose is close skip the missed dose and follow the original schedule. You must not double dose to compensate for the missed dose. Taking the medicine at the same time each day will help in taking regular dose of the medicine.
Side effects of the drug:
Some of the common side effects of the medicine include:
Mild skin rash
If the side effects persist for long then you must get medical help as soon as you can. This is not a complete list of side effects that may happen. There may be other side effects as well.
Common drug interactions:
There are few drugs which may interact with Praziquantel and increase or decrease the working of the medicine. Certain drugs that may interact with Praziquantel? are:
HIV/AIDS drugs such as nevirapine, efavirenz or ritonavir
Seizure medications such as felbamate, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, primidone
This is not a complete list of medicine that may interact. There may be other medicines also.? It is best to tell your doctor about the medicines that you are taking currently so that he can check for possible drug interaction.
Things to remember:
Store the medicine in a cool and dry place away from heat light and moisture. It should also be kept away from the reach of children and pets.
Use the medicine only for the purpose specified and not for any other purpose.
Do not share your medicine with any one even if the person is suffering from the same symptoms.
Your reflexes and thinking ability may be impacted when you take Praziquantel . Hence do not indulge in activity that requires alertness such as driving, operating heavy machinery and so on.