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What are Vermox tablets and suspension?

Vermox tablets and suspension are two different forms of medication used to treat infections of threadworms in adults and children. Threadworms are also known as pinworms.

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?

You should use Vermox as directed by your doctor or pharmacist for maximum effectiveness against threadworm symptoms. Vermox medicine should be taken orally.

Vermox tablet: take one tablet, either by chewing it or swallowing it whole with water.

Vermox suspension: Shake the bottle well and take 5ml.

You can take another dose of Vermox suspension or tablets after two weeks to help prevent reinfection.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or your child under the age of 2 is infected, you should take Vermox. Talk to your doctor for advice on treating threadworms in these cases.

How effective are Vermox suspension and tablets?

Vermox is a clinically proven threadworm treatment which is most effective if everyone you live with is treated at the same time.

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.

What are the main side effects of Vermox?

Like all medicines, Vermox threadworm medicine can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. The most common side effects of both Vermox suspension and tablets are:

  1. Diarrhoea
  2. Stomach pain
  3. Rash and itching

For a full list of Vermox side effects, please see the patient information leaflets: Vermox tablets and Vermox suspension.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Vermox do?

Vermox is used to treat threadworms in children and adults.

Can I buy mebendazole online?

Vermox suspension and tablets contain the active ingredient mebendazole, as does Ovex suspension and tablets. You can buy both through Instant eCare.

* Disclaimer: Results and individual responses to treatments may vary from person to person. If you do need medical advice you should always speak to a doctor, pharmacist or appropriate medical professional.