Praziquantel is an anthelmintic (an-thel-MIN-tik) or anti-worm medication. It prevents newly hatched insect larvae (worms) from growing or multiplying in your body.

Praziquantel is used to treat infections caused by Schistosoma worms, which enter the body through skin that has come into contact with contaminated water. Schistosoma worms are found in Africa, South America, Middle Eastern countries, the Caribbean, and parts of Asia.

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  • Biltricide
  • Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach discomfort with or without nausea
    abdominal or stomach pain
    black, tarry stools
    bloody diarrhea
    chest pain or discomfort
    chills
    convulsions
    cough
    dizziness
    fainting
    fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
    fever
    hives
    hoarseness
    irritation
    itching
    joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
    lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
    painful or difficult urination
    rash
    redness of the skin
    severe abdominal or stomach pain
    shortness of breath
    slow or irregular heartbeat
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    sweating
    swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
    swollen glands
    tightness in the chest
    troubled breathing or swallowing
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    wheezing
    Some praziquantel side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    More common
    Drowsiness
    increased sweating
    general feeling of discomfort or illness
    nausea or vomiting
    Less common
    Skin rash, hives, or itching
    Incidence not known
    Difficulty with moving
    dizziness or lightheadedness
    feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
    headache
    hives or welts
    joint pain
    lack or loss of strength
    loss of appetite
    muscle aching or cramping
    muscle pains or stiffness
    redness of the skin
    sensation of spinning
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
    swollen joints
    weight loss
  • (oral tablet, compounding powder)