What VERMOX is used for
VERMOX is used for the treatment of threadworm in adults and children over 2 yrs old.
VERMOX can also be used under medical supervision for the treatment of infestations with other type of worms such as roundworm, hookworm and whipworm.
In addition to taking VERMOX you can help prevent worm reinfestation as well as infestation in other people, by understanding a few simple facts about worms.
Threadworm is an intestinal infestation caused by Enterobius vermicularis. This is the most commonly occurring worm in Australia and New Zealand. The infestation is acquired by swallowing the eggs.
Threadworms look like tiny white threads and live in the bowel, attached to the lining. Two weeks after infestation, the female worm may begin producing eggs. Usually at night, the worms travel to the anus where they lay their eggs. The worms are often observed around the anal region early in the morning. They sometimes cause itching. This is why restless sleep is a frequent sign of threadworms, especially in children. Scratching will cause threadworm eggs to stick to the fingers. Reinfestation will result if the fingers are placed in the mouth.
The eggs, which are too small to see, stick to whatever they come in contact with e.g. bedcloths, underwear, hands and food touched by contaminated hands. Even eggs floating in the air can be swallowed and cause infestation.
Threadworms are easily transmitted and frequently the whole family becomes infested. When a family member becomes infested by threadworm the entire family should receive treatment. Even the cleanest and most careful people can become infested.
HOOKWORM, WHIPWORM AND ROUNDWORM
These worms are rare in most areas of Australia and New Zealand where effective sewerage systems have reduced the risk of infestation. Symptoms are generally more serious than with threadworm. If you suspect a rare worm infestation you should see your doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.
Before you take VERMOX
Evidence of worm infestation should be present before treating.
When you must not take it
Do not take VERMOX if you know you are allergic to it or any other medicines containing mebendazole or similar medicines or any of the ingredients listed at the end of the leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
- rash, itching or hives on the skin
- shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
Do not use VERMOX in children under 2 years of age, unless directed by your doctor.
Do not take VERMOX if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not take VERMOX after the expiry date (month and year) printed on the pack has passed. If you take this medicine after the expiry date it may not work as well.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your doctor or pharmacist will advise whether you should take VERMOX.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with VERMOX.
- cimetidine, a medicine used to treat stomach ulcers;
- metronidazole, a medicine used to treat infections.
These medicines may be affected by VERMOX, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.