Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

This medicine usually comes with patient directions. Read the instructions carefully and ask your doctor if you have any questions.

No special preparations or other steps (eg, fasting, special diets, laxatives, enemas) or other steps are necessary before, during, or immediately after treatment with mebendazole.

You may chew or swallow Emverm™ chewable tablet whole, or crush it and mix with food.

If you are using Vermox™ Chewable tablet:

  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • Chew it completely before swallowing. Do not swallow the tablet whole.
  • If you have trouble chewing the tablet, place it in a spoon and add 2 to 3 mL of drinking water by using a dosing syringe.
  • The tablet will absorb the water within 2 minutes and turns into a soft mass with semi-solid consistency, which you can swallow it.

To help clear up your infection completely, take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor for the full time of treatment. In some patients, additional treatments with this medicine may be needed at 3-week intervals to clear up the infection completely. Do not miss any doses.

For patients taking mebendazole for infections in which high doses are needed:

  • Mebendazole is best taken with meals, especially fatty ones (eg, meals that include whole milk or ice cream). This helps to clear up the infection by helping your body absorb the medicine better. However, if you are on a low-fat diet, check with your doctor.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (Emverm™ chewable tablets):
    • For common roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms:
      • Adults and children 2 years of age and older—100 milligrams (mg) two times a day, morning and evening, for 3 consecutive days. Treatment may need to be repeated in 3 weeks.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For pinworms:
      • Adults and children 2 years of age and older—100 milligrams (mg) once a day for 1 day. Treatment may need to be repeated in 3 weeks.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For oral dosage form (Vermox™ chewable tablets):
    • For roundworms and whipworms:
      • Adults and children 1 year of age and older—500 milligrams (mg) once a day for 1 day.
      • Children younger than 1 year of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep the bottle tightly closed. Throw away any unused Vermox™ Chewable tablets 1 month after the bottle is first opened.