Diethylcarbamazine is used to treat lymphatic filariasis, caused by the parasites Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia Malayi, and loaiais caused by the filarial parasite Loa loa. These conditions are also known as Bancroft's filariasis; Eosinophilic lung (tropical pulmonary eosinophilia; tropical osinophilia); and river blindness (onchocerciasis).
Diethylcarbamazine comes in tablet form & must be taken after meals.
Dosage is prescribed according to body weight. Dosage for children must be determined by a qualified physician.
To clear the infection completely, you must complete the Diethylcarbamazine course of treatment that was prescribed by your doctor. The course of treatment must be completed, though your symptoms may be relived after a few days, if you do stop the infection will return.
If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose & go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not overdose.
Store Diethylcarbamazine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated Diethylcarbamazine or if it is no longer needed.
Diethylcarbamazine may adversely affect some patients. While some of the following side- effects may not occur, some of the common symptoms are itching and swelling of the face, especially the eyes, headache, joint pain or unusual tiredness or weakness.
The less common side effects are Fever; Painful and tender glands in the neck, armpits, or groin; skin rash, dizziness, nausea or vomiting. If you suffer from Loss of vision; night blindness or tunnel vision, consult your doctor immediately.
Some side effects may not need medical attention & disappear on their own as your body adjusts to the medicine. Discuss with your physician or nurse on ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Contact your doctor immediately if any side effects continue, become disruptive to your daily routine or if you have any questions about them.
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other reactions, check with your physician.
While no significant drug interactions have been observed with diethylcarbamazine, inform your physician about any other prescription & Over- the- Counter medication you may be taking. If you use tobacco, alcohol or recreational drugs, discuss their simultaneous use with your Diethylcarbamazine dosing schedule.
It is important to visit your doctor regularly to ensure that the infection is clearing. The doctor may extend your visits even after the Diethylcarbamazine dosing schedule is finished to check whether the infection is cleared. Your doctor may want you to see an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) if you had been infected with River Blindness.
Diethylcarbamazine may cause dizziness in some people. Make sure you know your reaction to diethylcarbamazine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous. If these reactions are especially bothersome, check with your doctor.
The information given above on the Diethylcarbamazine serves as an informational resource only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis and treatment. Always seek the counsel of your doctor, physician or pharmacist before starting any new treatment or making changes to existing therapy.