Albendazole vs Mebendazole

INTRODUCTION

This is a review article of two very useful antihelmintics (anti-worm medications). We will be looking at albendazole vs mebendazole, but also educating each other about two very common worm infestations.

We will answer some very common questions:

  • what is Ascaris lumbricoides?
  • what is Enterobius vermicularis?

Then we will deal with the two antihelmintics, outlining their pertinent pharmacological properties. Comparisons and contrasts between the two agents will be made.

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ASCARIS (ROUNDWORMS)

Ascaris lumbricoides is the Scientific name of the roundworm. Roundworms occur all over the world, in huge numbers. They are one of the most successful helminth species.

Ascaris lumbricoides eggs are found in soils, in billions. It is said that a female Ascaris lumbricoides worm will in its lifetime, lay eggs that are equal to all the stars in the universe!

People, especially children, pick the eggs up while playing with dirt. The eggs-containing dirt / soil gets deposited on the fingers, especially under the nails.

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ENTEROBIUS VERMICULARIS (PINWORM)

Pinworms are also extremely common all over the world. In some parts of the Developed World, e. g. United States, they are the commonest intestinal worms. They are not deterred by the high living standards there.

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ALBENDAZOLE

Albendazole is taken by mouth only.

MEBENDAZOLE

Mebendazole is also taken by mouth.

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FINAL WORDS

This review of albendazole vs mebendazole has hopefully clarified a number of issues about intestinal worms. Because these worms occur all over the world, a tremendous number of people will find help from this article.

And these two helminths were chosen so as to illustrate aspects of the life of worms. Most of the information about them can be extrapolated to other intestinal worms, with the exception of tapeworms.

It is hoped that there is now better understanding of what Ascaris lumbricoides and Enterobius vermicularis are. They are really common worm infestations. And they do have ordinary English names, plus many names in local / indigenous languages.

Treatments for the worm infestations, as well as preventive measures, are available. We need to make every effort to prevent infestation or re-infestation.

Antihelmintics are available in easy-to-administer formulations, all over the world. And usually, they can be bought over the counter.

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