Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully before you start taking benznidazole and each time you get a refill. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

This tablet is scored. You may take it whole or broken at the scored lines. You may cut it in half or into fourths as directed by your doctor. This medicine may also be given as a slurry.

You may take this medicine with or without food.

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 (tablets):
    • For the treatment of Chagas disease:
      • Children 2 to 12 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and is usually 5 to 8 milligram (mg) per kilogram (kg) given two times a day, 12 hours apart for 60 days.
        • Children weighing 60 kg or more—200 mg (two 100 mg tablet) given two times a day, 12 hours apart for 60 days.
        • Children weighing 40 kg to less than 60 kg—150 mg (1 ½ 100 mg tablet) given two times a day, 12 hours apart for 60 days.
        • Children weighing 30 kg to less than 40 kg—100 mg (one 100 mg tablet) given two times a day, 12 hours apart for 60 days.
        • Children weighing 20 kg to less than 30 kg—75 mg (six 12.5 mg tablets or ¾ 100 mg tablet) given two times a day, 12 hours apart for 60 days.
        • Children weighing 15 kg to less than 20 kg—62.5 mg (five 12.5 mg tablets) given two times a day, 12 hours apart for 60 days.
        • Children weighing less than 15 kg—50 mg (four 12.5 mg tablets or ½ 100 mg tablet) given two times a day, 12 hours apart for 60 days.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age or older than 12 years 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 it in its original bottle.