Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

While symptomatic infections usually warrant treatment, infections with no symptoms typically don't need to be treated. In some cases, ascariasis will resolve on its own. This occurs when there are no male worms to mate with females, and the females eventually die.

Medications

Anti-parasite medications are the first line of treatment against ascariasis. The most common are:
  • Albendazole (Albenza)
  • Ivermectin (Stromectol)
  • Mebendazole

These medications work by killing the adult worms. Each medication can be taken as a single dose. Side effects include mild abdominal pain or diarrhea.

Surgery

In cases of heavy infestation, surgery may be necessary to repair damage the worms have caused and to remove worms. Intestinal obstruction or perforation, bile duct obstruction, and appendicitis are complications that may require surgery.

May. 25, 2012