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Which prescription medicines treat a pinworm infection?

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The most common prescription medicine for pinworms is albendazole (Albenza). You might have mild stomach upset while you’re taking it. And, you may need to take at least two doses to get rid of the worms completely.

For best results, the infected person and everyone in your house (including caretakers) should be treated at the same time.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Pinworm Infection.”

CDC: “Pinworm Infection FAQs.”

HealthyChildren.org.: “Pinworms.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Pinworm Infection.”

CDC: “Pinworm Infection FAQs.”

HealthyChildren.org.: “Pinworms.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

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