Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To treat pinworm infection, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter pyrantel pamoate (Reese's Pinworm Medication, Pin-X) or prescribe medication to all members of your household to prevent infection and reinfection.

The most common prescription anti-parasite medications for pinworms are:

  • Mebendazole
  • Albendazole (Albenza)

You may have mild gastrointestinal side effects during the course of treatment, and you often need to take at least two doses to get rid of the pinworms completely.

April 08, 2015