WHO Model Prescribing Information: Drugs Used in HIV-Related Infections
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Open this folder and view contentsOpportunistic infections
Open this folder and view contentsRespiratory disease
Open this folder and view contentsNeurological disorders
Open this folder and view contentsOpthalmological complications
Open this folder and view contentsFebrile illness
Open this folder and view contentsGastrointestinal tract/diarrhoeal disease
Open this folder and view contentsMucocutaneous and cutaneous eruptions
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View the documentAciclovir
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View the documentAmphotericin B
View the documentAzithromycin
View the documentBenzylpenicillins
View the documentCalcium folinate
View the documentCeftriaxone
View the documentCiprofloxacin
View the documentClarithromycin
View the documentClindamycin
View the documentCodeine
View the documentDapsone
View the documentFluconazole
View the documentFlucytosine
View the documentFoscarnet
View the documentGanciclovir
View the documentItraconazole
View the documentKetoconazole
View the documentNystatin
View the documentPentamidine
View the documentPrimaquine
View the documentPyrimethamine
View the documentRifabutin
View the documentSulfadiazine
View the documentSulfadoxine/Pyrimethamine (Fansidar)
View the documentSulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim (Cotrimoxazole)
View the documentTrimethoprim
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Group: anthelminthic/antiprotozoal
Tablet, 200 mg, 400 mg [EDL] chewable tablet

General information

Albendazole is a benzimidazole carbamate anthelminthic which is also active against various protozoa. Albendazole is poorly and variably absorbed from the GI tract but absorption is increased when administered with a fatty meal. It undergoes extensive first pass metabolism. The active principal metabolite has a plasma half-life of about 8.5 hours. It is excreted in the urine.

Clinical information


Treatment and suppression of microsporidial infections

Dosage and administration

Treatment and suppression of microsporidial infections: 400 mg twice a day for four weeks. If the patient relapses after therapy is stopped, it should be assumed that the microsporidia has not been completely cleared and suppressive therapy of 400 mg once a day will be required after the infection has been brought under control with the original treatment dose.

To increase absorption albendazole should be taken with a fatty meal.


Known hypersensitivity; pregnancy


Monitor liver function tests, and full blood count during therapy.

Use in pregnancy

In animal studies albendazole has been found to be teratogenic and therefore should not be used.

Adverse effects

Elevations in liver function tests, and reversible reductions in total white cell counts and pancytopenia have been reported. Mild gastrointestinal disturbances, headaches, dizziness, alopecia (limited to thinning of the hair) have also been reported.

Drug interactions

Albendazole has been shown to induce liver enzymes of the cytochrome P450 system responsible for its own metabolism. Therefore, there is a theoretical risk of interaction with theophylline, anticonvulsants, oral contraceptives, and oral hypoglycaemic agents.


There is no experience of overdosage. Gastric lavage may be performed in the first two to three hours after ingestion. No specific antidote is known.


Tablets should be stored in tightly closed containers protected from light.

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