To guarantee the safe use of Praziquantel, let your doctor know if you suffer from or have a history of the following conditions:
Nodules (lumps) under the skin
History of seizures
Praziquantel should be taken exactly as directed by your doctor. Don’t take smaller or larger doses or for shorter or longer periods than directed.
Praziquantel should always be taken with a meal. Do not chew or crush the tablet before swallowing. Swallow it whole with a full glass of water. The typical dose of Praziquantel is taken 3 times a day. The dose is usually 4 – 6 hours apart.
To correct a dose, you may be required to break the tablets. Follow the instructions of your doctor keenly.
FDA Pregnancy Classification
Praziquantel is not expected to cause harm to an unborn baby. However, you should let your doctor know if you are pregnant or if you plan on becoming pregnant during the course of treatment. The drug may pass into breast milk and can harm a breastfeeding baby. Don’t use this drug without talking to your doctor if you are nursing a baby. Praziquantel should not be given to kids below the age of 4.
Store at room temperature and away from heat, light and moisture.
Mild skin rash
Nausea or vomiting
General feeling of illness or discomfort
Sleepiness/ unusual drowsiness
Muscle cramping or aching
Welts or hives
Do not use this drug if you have an allergic reaction to praziquantel or if you have used rifampin (Rifater, Rifadin, Rifamate) within the last 4 weeks. It is also important to let your doctor know if you have heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease or a history of epilepsy or seizures.
Praziquantel should not be used by kids below the age of 4.
The drug can impair your reactions or thinking. Avoid activities that require alertness when using this medication.