British National Formulary October 2016

MEBENDAZOLE


Additional information interactions (Mebendazole).

Indications

threadworm, roundworm, whipworm, and hookworm infections

Cautions

interactions: Appendix 1 (mebendazole)

Note

The package insert in the Vermox® pack includes the statement that it is not suitable for women known to be pregnant or children under 2 years

Pregnancy

manufacturer advises toxicity in animal studies

Breast-feeding

amount too small to be harmful but manufacturer advises avoid

Side-effects

abdominal pain; less commonly diarrhoea, flatulence; rarely hepatitis, convulsions, dizziness, neutropenia, urticaria, alopecia, rash (including Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis)

Dose

  • Threadworms, ADULT and CHILD over 2 years, 100 mg as a single dose; if reinfection occurs second dose may be needed after 2 weeks; CHILD under 2 years, see BNF for Children
  • Whipworms, ADULT and CHILD over 2 years, 100 mg twice daily for 3 days; CHILD under 2 years, see BNF for Children
  • Roundworms—section 5.5.2

  • Hookworms—section 5.5.4

Sub-sections

  • (Janssen) Prescription only medicine

    Tablets, orange, scored, chewable, mebendazole 100 mg. Net price 6-tab pack = £1.34

    Oral suspension, mebendazole 100 mg/5 mL (banana-flavoured). Net price 30 mL = £1.55