Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Antiminth, Ascarel, Pinworm Caplets, Pinworm Medicine, Pin-X
Generic Name: pyrantel (Pronunciation: pie RAN tell)
What is pyrantel (Antiminth, Ascarel, Pinworm Caplets, Pinworm Medicine, Pin-X)?
Pyrantel is an "antihelmintic," or anti-worm, medication. It prevents worms from growing or multiplying in your body.
Pyrantel is used to treat infections caused by worms such as pinworm and roundworm.
Pyrantel may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of pyrantel (Antiminth, Ascarel, Pinworm Caplets, Pinworm Medicine, Pin-X)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; shortness of breath; closing of your throat; or hives).
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take pyrantel and talk to your doctor if you experience
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about pyrantel (Antiminth, Ascarel, Pinworm Caplets, Pinworm Medicine, Pin-X)?
Take the whole dose of pyrantel. It can be taken with food or on an empty stomach at any time during the day.
Follow your doctor's instructions or the instructions that accompany the package about treatment; about washing of clothes, linens, and towels; and about household disinfecting. Pinworm infections are easily spread from one person to another.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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