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What does Diethylcarbamazine treat?

Diethylcarbamazine is used to treat certain worm infections. This includes Bancroft’s filariasis, tropical pulmonary eosinophilia and loiasis. It acts by killing the worms. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.

Dosage Instructions

Follow the Diethylcarbamazine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. As Diethylcarbamazine could cause dizziness, be careful while driving or operating machinery.

Missed a dose?

Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.


Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. In case of an overdose, you may face problems such as drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Diethylcarbamazine is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Diethylcarbamazine.

It may interact with: 


This is not an exhaustive list though.

Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

Possible Side Effects

Diethylcarbamazine might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

Some of the side effects are nausea, vomiting, joint pain, swelling, headache, fever, dizziness, chills, skin rash and tiredness. This is not the complete list though.

In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

What to ask your doctor before you start on Diethylcarbamazine

  • Can I take Diethylcarbamazine along with other drugs? 
  • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Diethylcarbamazine? 
  • What is the dosage of Diethylcarbamazine to be consumed? 
  • How should I use Diethylcarbamazine? 
  • How will Diethylcarbamazine work on my body? 
  • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Diethylcarbamazine be minimized or completely avoided?


The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Diethylcarbamazine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.


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