What is Diethylcarbamazine used for?
Diethylcarbamazine is an oral anthelmintic drug used to treat certain parasitic worm (filarial) infections such as Bancroft’s filariasis, tropical pulmonary eosinophilia and loiasis. Diethylcarbamazine works by killing the worms. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Diethylcarbamazine?
The dosage of Diethylcarbamazine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Diethylcarbamazine immediately after eating meals.
What if you miss a dose of Diethylcarbamazine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Diethylcarbamazine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Diethylcarbamazine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Diethylcarbamazine, seek medical attention immediately. Overdose symptoms of Diethylcarbamazine may include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
What other drugs could interact with Diethylcarbamazine?
It may be noted that drugs other than that listed above may also interact with Diethylcarbamazine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Diethylcarbamazine, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Diethylcarbamazine?
Like other medicines, Diethylcarbamazine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Diethylcarbamazine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Diethylcarbamazine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Diethylcarbamazine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Diethylcarbamazine can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, chills, skin rash, joint pain, dizziness and tiredness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Diethylcarbamazine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Diethylcarbamazine?
Is it possible for me to take Diethylcarbamazine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Diethylcarbamazine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Diethylcarbamazine?
How will Diethylcarbamazine work in my body?
How should Diethylcarbamazine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Diethylcarbamazine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Diethylcarbamazine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.
As Diethylcarbamazine may cause dizziness, exercise caution while driving or operating machinery.