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Ascarel (Generic Pyrantel)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Roundworm, hookworm, pinworm, and other worm infections are treated with Pyrantel, an anti-worm medicine.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.

How should this medicine be used?

Both a liquid and a capsule form of Pyrantel are available. For infections with pinworms and roundworms, it is often administered as a single dosage. Infections caused by pinworms typically require a second dosage after two weeks. The typical dosage of pyrantel for hookworm infections is one dose per day for three days. Pyrantel can be taken on an empty stomach, with food, milk, juice, or without eating.

To combine the drug evenly, give the beverage a good shake. You can combine pyrantel with milk or fruit juice. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Administer Pyrantel precisely as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than recommended by your doctor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking pyrantel,

  • If you have an allergy to pyrantel or any other medication, tell your doctor and pharmacist very away.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter medications you are taking, notably vitamins and piperazine (an additional antiworm medication).
  • If you have anaemia or have ever had liver illness, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking pyrantel.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Pyrantel might have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Uneasy stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Reduced appetite
  • Stomach cramps
  • Stomach aches
  • Straining and discomfort when going to the bathroom

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how you are responding to pyrantel, your doctor will request specific lab tests.

No one else should take your medication. It’s likely that your prescription cannot be renewed. Call your doctor if you continue to experience infection symptoms after taking the last of the pyrantel.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Ascarel®
  • Parasitol®
  • Pin-X®
  • Reese’s® Pinworm Medicine
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