What is Opticide-FC® Praziquantel Tablet (Biltricide Generic)?
Praziquantel is an anthelmintic medication used to treat infections caused by certain types of parasitic worms. It works by causing paralysis and degeneration of the worms, leading to their removal from the body through the digestive system.
Praziquantel or Biltricide over the counter is specifically used to treat infections caused by schistosomes, which are parasitic worms that infect the blood vessels, and cestodes, which are parasitic worms that infect the digestive tract. It is also used to treat infections caused by trematodes, which are parasitic worms that infect the liver, lungs, and other organs.
Praziquantel is generally well-tolerated and has a low risk of side effects. The most common side effects include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea. In rare cases, more serious side effects such as liver damage, allergic reactions, and hallucinations have been reported.
It is important to note that praziquantel is only effective against certain types of parasitic worms and should not be used to treat infections caused by other types of parasites or non-parasitic conditions.
Praziquantel (Biltricide for humans) is used in the treatment of worm infections and Schistosoma infections. Praziquantel works by causing severe spasms and paralysis of the worms’ muscles. Some kinds of worms are then passed into the stool. However, you may not notice them since they are sometimes completely destroyed in the bowels. This treats your infection.
Praziquantel Tablet 600mg (biltricide over the counter) is indicated in adults and children over 6 years for large-scale preventive chemotherapy interventions for the control of schistosomainfectionsdue to various types of blood fluke worms (Schistosomamansoni, Schistosomahaematobium, Schistosomajaponicum, Schistosomamekongi, Schistosomaintercalatum) following the recommendations of the WHO Global Program to Eliminate Schistosomiasis.
Praziquantel is used to treat schistosomiasis, also known as snail fever or bilharzia, an infection of the urinary tract or bowels, caused by schistosoma (blood fluke), a flatworm parasite. It is also used to treat clonorchiasis infection caused by the Chinese or Oriental liver fluke (Clonorchis sinensis) or opisthorchiasis infection caused by the Southeast Asian liver fluke (Opisthorchis viverrini).
Blood flukes live in freshwater snails and are spread into the surrounding waters (eg, pond). You may get infected when you swim or get in these waters. They enter the body through the skin and travel until they reach your bowels where they grow and lay eggs. Sometimes, the eggs get in the liver, which causes chronic inflammation. Infections with a liver fluke usually occur after eating contaminated raw or undercooked freshwater fish, crabs, or crayfish. They travel from your bowels to the bile ducts in the liver where they live and grow. Most patients infected with liver flukes do not show any symptoms, which may cause the infection to last a long time.
Praziquantel belongs to the family of medicines called anthelmintics. Anthelmintics are used in the treatment of worm infections. 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 bowels.