Ovex Tablet - Single Tablet
How does it work?
Ovex tablets and suspension contain the active ingredient mebendazole, which is a type of medicine called an anthelmintic. It is used to treat certain types of worm infections of the gut.
Mebendazole works by preventing worms from being able to absorb sugars that are essential for their survival. This depletes the energy stores of the worms, leading to their eventual death within a few days. The dead worms are then excreted from the gut in the stools.
Ovex is used to treat threadworm infections. A single dose of one Ovex tablet or one 5ml spoonful of Ovex suspension is usually all that is needed, but a second dose can be taken after two weeks if the infection comes back. It is recommended that the whole family are treated at the same time.
What is it used for?
- Ovex suspension should be shaken well before giving a dose.
- If symptoms do not disappear within a few days after taking the medicine, consult your doctor.
Not to be used in
- Children under 2 years of age
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
- The safety of this medicine for use during pregnancy has not been established. The manufacturer states that it should not be taken by women who are or think they could be pregnant. Seek further medical advice from your doctor.
- This medicine passes into breast milk, but only in amounts that appear to be insignificant. However, the manufacturer recommends that breastfeeding should be avoided after treatment. Seek medical advice from your doctor before taking this medicine if you are breastfeeding.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
- Abdominal pain
- Allergic reactions such as severe swelling of lips, face or tongue (angioedema)
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
You should tell your pharmacist if you are already taking any medicines, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you take this medicine. Similarly, check with your pharmacist before taking any new medicines in combination with this one, to ensure that the combination is safe.
Cimetidine may decrease the breakdown of mebendazole by the liver and so increase the amount of mebendazole in the blood.
The manufacturer recommends that the antibiotic metronidazole should not be used in combination with mebendazole.