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Anti Helminthic Drugs

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Anti-helminthic Drugs are medicines that rid the body of parasitic worms.

People can become infected with parasitic worms in a number of ways. The eggs of pin worms, for example, can be transferred from person to person through contaminated food, drinking glasses, clothing, or linens.

Tape worms and round worms may enter the body when people eat undercooked meat or fish. The worms then live inside the body and may go unnoticed if they cause no troublesome symptoms. However, if they multiply rapidly or invade a vital organ, they can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening problems. The body has no natural means of getting rid of parasitic worms, but Anti-helminthic Drugs do the job very well. Some kill the worms on contact. Others starve or paralyze the worms, which then pass out of the body in the feces.

Each type of Anti-helminthic Drug is effective against particular kinds of worms. For example, Niclosamide is effective against tapeworms, but will not work for treating pin worm or round worm infections.

Anti-Helminthic Drugs are available only with a physician's prescription. They are sold as liquids and tablets (regular and chewable). Some commonly used Anti-Helminthics are Mebendazole, Niclosamide, Praziquantel, Pyrantel and Thiabendazole.