Brand Names : Biltricide
Praziquantel (pray-zi-KWON-tel) belongs to the family
of medicines called anthelmintics (ant-hel-MIN-tiks )
. Anthelmintics are used in the treatment
of worm infections.
Praziquantel is used to treat blood fluke infections. These are also known
as snail fever, schistosomiasis (shis-toe-soe-MYE-a-siss)
, or bilharziasis (bil-har-ZYE-a-siss)
. Praziquantel may also
be used for other worm infections as determined by your doctor. However, it
will not work for pinworms or other roundworms.
Praziquantel works by causing severe spasms and paralysis of the worms'
muscles. Some kinds of worms are then passed in the stool. However, you may
not notice them since they are sometimes completely destroyed in the intestine.
Praziquantel is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the
following dosage form:
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
† Not commercially available in Canada.