Treatment For Tapeworm

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Treatment For Tapeworm

Treatment for tapeworm

     Diagnosis of Taenia saginata infection in its early stages is very important because through this, doctors can prevent complications and may increase the chances of a complete healing of the patient. The identification of eggs is very difficult because they very much like the eggs of other species belonging to the Taeniidae family. For this reason, doctors try to identify the parasite by examining head and its pregnant formations. In some cases, the infection has reached a sufficiently advanced stage that the pregnant formations are visible to the naked eye.

     In other cases, doctors can inject ink into the uterus of the worm so that its branches become visible. Counting these branches can help the doctor identify the worm, typically, this type of tapeworm shows twelve branches on each side. This is important in diagnosing infection, because most worms of Taenia solium family show five to ten branches. Treatment for tapeworm infection with Taenia saginata is usually done with two major drugs - Humatin and Biltricide.

     Biltricide is usually used in the treatment for tapeworm and in general for any worm infections also including schistosoma worms or other intestinal pathogens. Generally, it is an anthelmintic agent that kills these sensible worms. However, in the treatment for tapeworm this type of medicine has certain restrictions and avoidance is very important for patients who are allergic to any of its ingredients, if the patient is suffering from certain eye infections with worms, if nursing or if taking other drugs such as rifampin.

     It is also important to remember that this medicine may increase the severity of other diseases, and because of this doctor must know if and what other conditions the patient suffers. There are some cases where, despite the tapeworm infection, the patient is pregnant or planning to become pregnant, nursing, taking medication, herbal preparations or dietary supplements, suffer from certain allergies to medicines, foods or other substances, or he suffers from kidney disease, liver or heart, and even shows a brain worm infection.

     Drugs that interact with Biltricide normally or may worsen the tapeworm infection can include anticonvulsants such as Jetoconazol, Cimetidine or Erythromycin, and other drugs such as chloroquine, dexamethasone, and rifampin. If the doctor does not take this into consideration, the patient may develop serious side effects and complications of the disease. During the treatment for tapeworm is very important for the patient to contact his doctor or before its start, to finish or change the dosage of any medication.

      The second main drug used to treat this type of infection is Humatin, and its prescription is usually similar to Biltricidului. There are some cases where medicine can be used to treat severe complications of liver disease and hepatic coma. It is highly recommended to avoid missing the administration of a dose or the administration of the medicine in high doses, because these situations can lead to adverse effects that are very difficult to treat.

     Treatment for tapeworm is always prescribed by a doctor and consists of anti parasitic treatment. One of the recommended drugs is niclosamid, a drug that is hard to absorb by the digestive tract and rapidly destroy the worm upon contact. It is given in the morning on an empty stomach. Pills are chewed thoroughly and swallowed with water. In the treatment of tapeworm for children, you can grind and mix the medicine with water. Another drug that is indicated is Praziquantel.

     At 1-3 months after starting the treatment for tapeworm an examination is recommended for checking its effectiveness, by seeing the presence or absence of eggs in the stool sample.

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