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pyrantel (cont.)

Who should not take pyrantel (Antiminth, Ascarel, Pinworm Caplets, Pinworm Medicine, Pin-X)?

Before taking pyrantel, talk to your doctor about any other medical conditions that you have. Pyrantel should not be used if you have liver disease or if you have had an allergic reaction to this medicine in the past.

Do not take pyrantel without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Do not take pyrantel without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Children younger than 2 years of age should not use pyrantel unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

How should I take pyrantel (Antiminth, Ascarel, Pinworm Caplets, Pinworm Medicine, Pin-X)?

Take pyrantel exactly as directed by your doctor or as directed in the package labeling. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Pyrantel may be taken with or without food at any time of the day.

Shake the suspension well before measuring a dose.

Use a dose-measuring spoon, cup, or dropper (not a regular tablespoon) to ensure that you measure the correct dose of medication. Ask your pharmacist where you can get a dose-measuring device if you do not have one.

Fasting, laxatives, and purging will not help cure this infection.

Treatment of family members and other close contacts may be necessary. Pinworm is spread very easily to others in close contact with the infected person.

Toilets must be disinfected daily and clothing, linens, towels, and pajamas must be changed and washed daily.

Store pyrantel at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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