What is Vermox Suspension?
Vermox suspension contain a medicine called mebendazole. It is one of a group of medicines called ‘anthelmintics’.
Vermox is used to treat worm infections of the gut such as:
• threadworms (pinworms)
• other common worm infections (such as whipworm, roundworm, hookworm)
You or your child has been advised to take Vermox tablets because you have a worm infection.
Vermox 100mg tablets are tablets that can be chewed or swallowed whole.
Vermox suspension is a liquid flavoured like bananas. It comes in a 30ml bottle, which is 6 doses.
How does Vermox work?
Vermox contains an active ingredient called mebendazole, which is part of a group of medicines called anthelmintics. Anthelmintics are anti-parasitic drugs that kill parasitic worms in humans.
The Vermox dosage of mebendazole is 100mg in each tablet and 100mg in each 5ml of suspension.
How do you take Vermox?
How much you should take
Adults and children over 2 years old
For threadworms (pinworms):
• one tablet
A single Vermox tablet will kill threadworms. Your doctor may tell you to take a second tablet after two weeks in case of re-infection.
For other common worm infections:
• one tablet two times a day (morning and evening) for three consecutive days or as directed by your doctor.
Vermox suspension: take one 5ml dose.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or your child under the age of 2 is infected, you should not take Vermox. Talk to your doctor for advice on treating threadworms in these cases.
Vermox threadworm medication kills the worms but the eggs can live outside the body for up to two weeks. With this in mind, there are some steps you can take to help prevent reinfection:
- Wash your hands thoroughly after going to the toilet and before preparing food and eating
- Keep your nails short
- Clean your bathroom and kitchen thoroughly
- Vacuum regularly
If your child is infected, ensure they wear underwear in bed each night. This should then be changed in the morning. Although it may be tricky, try to encourage them not to scratch their bottom. Finally, make sure they wash their hands well before meals and after using the toilet.