- albendazole (Albenza) is the most common treatment for pinworms.
- Treatment is a single tablet, which kills the worms. There are different strengths for adults and children younger than two years of age.
- Because eggs can survive for a few weeks, the patient will have to take a second dose two weeks later to lessen the chance of reinfection.
- mebendazole (Vermox) also works. It is also taken in a single dose and repeated two weeks later.
- Because it is common for everyone in a household to have pinworms at the same time, the doctor may recommend that everyone be treated at the same time.
- The doctor may also recommend tap water enemas to help flush out the pinworms and reduce symptoms.
- After taking the pills, the patient should also do the following:
- Get into the habit of carefully washing the hands after using the toilet, and before and after eating.
- Thoroughly launder all bedding, clothing, and toys to destroy any lingering eggs.
- Launder all bedding every 3-7 days for three weeks.
- Wash underwear and pajamas daily for two weeks.
Previously used drugs [pyrantel pamoate (Pin-Rid, Pin-X) and piperazine] are now rarely used due to lower efficacy and a higher frequency of side effects when compared to albendazole (Albenza) or mebendazole (Vermox).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/27/2014
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