pyrantel (generic name)

It is used to treat infections of pinworms or other parasites
(pi RAN tel)
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What is this medicine?

PYRANTEL (pi RAN tel) is an antiparasitic. It is used to treat infections of pinworms or other parasites.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to pyrantel, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Take on an empty stomach or with a meal, milk, or fruit juice. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply; this medicine is not for regular use.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • piperazine

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

If you have pinworms, other people in your house may need treatment. Pinworms spread easily by close contact.

For several days after using this medicine, follow simple instructions to prevent re-infection and spread to others. Wash your hands, scrub your fingernails, and shower often. Wash, do not shake, bedclothes, linens, and undergarments. Keep toilet seats clean. Clean bedroom floors with a damp mop or vacuum.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach cramps, pain

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Last Updated: July 16, 2009
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