AlbendazoleOther Names: Albenza Drug Class: Opportunistic Infections and Coinfections
What is albendazole?
Albendazole is an anti-parasitic prescription medicine approved by the U.S.(FDA) for the treatment of two parasitic infections: neurocysticercosis and hydatid disease.
Albendazole is also used to treat certain types of What is an Opportunistic Infection? fact sheet.. Microsporidiosis is an (OI) of HIV. An OI is an infection that occurs more frequently or is more severe in people with weakened immune systems—such as people with HIV—than in people with healthy immune systems. To learn more about OIs, read the
How is albendazole used in people with HIV?
The Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents include recommendations on the HIV-related uses of albendazole.
Using a medicine as indicated on the medicine label is called; using the medicine in a different way is called . Off-label use, for example, can include using a drug for a different disease or medical condition. Good medical practice and the best interests of a patient sometimes require that a medicine be used off-label.
The guidelines include recommendations on the off-label uses of albendazole to treat the following types of Microsporidiosis:
- Intestinal and caused by certain types of microsporidia
- Ocular infection
The above list may not include all of the HIV-related uses of albendazole recommended in the guidelines. Some recommended uses, such as uses in certain rare circumstances, may have been omitted.
What should I tell my health care provider before taking albendazole?
Before taking albendazole, tell your health care provider:
- If you are allergic to albendazole or any other medicines.
- About any medical conditions you have or have had.
- About anything that could affect your ability to take medicines, such as difficulty swallowing or remembering to take tablets.
- If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Albendazole may cause harm to an unborn baby. Women should not begin treatment with albendazole until after a negative pregnancy test. Women should not become pregnant while on albendazole or within 1 month of completing treatment. Talk to your health care provider about possible risks with taking albendazole when pregnant.
- If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed if you have HIV.
- About other prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Albendazole may affect the way other medicines or products work, and other medicines or products may affect how albendazole works. Ask your health care provider if there are interactions between albendazole and the other medicines you take.
Ask your health care provider about possible side effects from albendazole. Your health care provider will tell you what to do if you have side effects.
How should I take albendazole?
Take albendazole according to your health care provider’s instructions. Your health care provider will tell you how much albendazole to take and when to take it. Before you start albendazole and each time you get a refill, read any printed information that comes with your medicine.
How should albendazole be stored?
- Store albendazole tablets at room temperature, 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
- Keep albendazole in the container that it came in and keep the container tightly closed.
- Do not use albendazole if the original seal over the container opening is broken or missing.
- Throw away albendazole that is no longer needed or expired (out of date). Follow FDA guidelines on how to safely dispose of unused medicine.
- Keep albendazole and all medicines out of reach of children.
Where can I find more information about albendazole?
More information about albendazole is available:
- Recommendations on the HIV-related use of albendazole, from the Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents, prepared by the , the , and the HIV Medicine Association of the Diseases Society of America
- Albendazole-related research studies, from the AIDSinfo database of study summaries
The above Patient Version drug summary is based on the following FDA label(s): Tablet (film coated).
Last Reviewed: December 3, 2018