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How long does it take mebendazole to work?

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Depending on whether additional doses of mebendazole are needed to completely eliminate the parasitic infection, it can take from 3 to 6 weeks for this medication to work. The treatment entails patients taking a certain initial dose amount, which is dependent on the specific type of parasitic infection. After this initial dose, the patients may take another dose of mebendazole 2 to 3 weeks later, notes Drugs.com.

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Mebendazole is a medication used to treat parasitic infections causes by pinworms, hookworm, roundworms and whipworms. To treat infections of hookworms, whipworms, or roundworms, patients take initially two doses daily for three days, notes MedicineNet. Each dose is a 100-milligram pill. In about 3 weeks time, this same dosage may be repeated.

For a pinworm infection, the treatment involves taking one dose of this same pill for one day. The treatment is repeated again 2 weeks later, states Colombia Health. If, after these two treatments, the infection is still present, then the same treatment is repeated. In some cases, mebendazole may fail to eliminate the infection, which then may require other treatment options.

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