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Albenza
Drug Class:
Anthelmintic (Benzimidazole)
Registry Number:
54965-21-8 (CAS)
 
What is albendazole?What is albendazole?

What is albendazole?

Albendazole is an anti-parasitic prescription medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of two parasitic infections: neurocysticercosis and hydatid disease.

Albendazole is also used to treat a parasitic infection called microsporidiosis. Microsporidiosis can be an opportunistic infection (OI) of HIV. An OI is an infection that occurs more frequently or is more severe in people with weakened immune systems—such as people with HIV—than in people with healthy immune systems. To learn more about OIs, read the HIVinfo What is an Opportunistic Infection? fact sheet.

How is albendazole used in people with HIV?How is albendazole used in people with HIV?

How is albendazole used in people with HIV?

The Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in Adults and Adolescents with HIV include recommendations on the uses of albendazole to treat microsporidiosis, including intestinal and disseminated infection caused by certain types of microsporidia and ocular (eye) infection. 

The recommended uses may not always be consistent with FDA-approved uses of albendazole. See the Guidelines for complete information on recommended uses of albendazole in adults and adolescents with HIV. Albendazole may also be recommended for use in other rare circumstances not listed above. 

What should I tell my health care provider before taking albendazole?What should I tell my health care provider before taking albendazole?

What should I tell my health care provider before taking albendazole?

Before taking albendazole, tell your health care provider:

  • If you are allergic to albendazole or any other medicines.
  • About any medical conditions you have or have had, including
  • About anything that could affect your ability to take medicines, such as difficulty swallowing or remembering to take pills.
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Albendazole should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits of taking albendazole during pregnancy. The Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in Adults and Adolescents with HIV may include other recommendations on the use of albendazole during pregnancy. Please refer to these guidelines for additional information.
  • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. For women with HIV in the United States, the Guideline does not recommend breastfeeding. Before your baby is born, or if you are already breastfeeding, talk to your health care provider to discuss alternative options for feeding your baby. 
  • About other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Albendazole may affect the way other medicines or products work, and other medicines or products may affect how albendazole works. Ask your health care provider if there are interactions between albendazole and the other medicines you take.

Ask your health care provider about possible side effects from albendazole. Your health care provider will tell you what to do if you have side effects.

How should I take albendazole?How should I take albendazole?

How should I take albendazole?

Take albendazole according to your health care provider’s instructions. Your health care provider will tell you how much albendazole to take and when to take it. Before you start albendazole and each time you get a refill, read any printed information that comes with your medicine.

How should albendazole be stored?How should albendazole be stored?

How should albendazole be stored?

  • Store albendazole tablets at room temperature, 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Keep albendazole in the container that it came in and keep the container tightly closed.
  • Do not use albendazole if the original seal over the container opening is broken or missing.
  • Throw away albendazole that is no longer needed or expired (out of date). Follow FDA guidelines on how to safely dispose of unused medicine.
  • Keep albendazole and all medicines out of reach of children.
Where can I find more information about albendazole?Where can I find more information about albendazole?

Where can I find more information about albendazole?

 

Last Reviewed: January 12, 2021