Vermox 100 mg tablets (6)
VERMOX is a prescription medicine used to treat adults and children 2 years of age and older with intestinal worm infections caused by pinworm, whipworm, roundworm, or hookworm.
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What are Vermox tablets?
Vermox tablets contain a medicine called mebendazole. It is one of a group of medicines called ‘anthelmintics’.
Vermox tablets are 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 tablet: take one tablet, either by chewing it or swallowing it whole with water.
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.
Some types of worms can infect people. Some can be caught in the UK and others are only caught abroad.
Most worm infections aren’t serious and can be easily treated with medicine.
if you have: small, white worms in your poo that look like pieces of thread
extreme itching around your anus, particularly at night
This is probably threadworms.
They’re common in the UK and can be treated with medicine from a pharmacy.
See a GP if you:
find a large worm or large piece of worm in your poo
have a red, itchy worm-shaped rash on your skin
have sickness, diarrhoea or a stomach ache for longer than 2 weeks
are losing weight for no reason
These could be symptoms of something like roundworm, hookworm or tapeworm.
These infections are usually caught while travelling. They can take a long time to cause symptoms, so tell your GP if you have been abroad in the last 2 years.
It doesn’t matter which type of worm you have – all worm infections are treated in a similar way.
Treatment to get rid of worms
You might be asked to provide a sample of poo so it can be tested for worm eggs.
If you have worms, your GP will prescribe medicine to kill them. You take this for 1 to 3 days. The people you live with may also need to be treated.
Any worms in your gut will eventually pass out in your poo. You may not notice this.
To avoid becoming infected again or infecting others, it’s very important during the weeks after starting treatment to wash your hands:
after going to the toilet
before eating or preparing food
regularly during the day
Go back to your GP if your symptoms don’t get better in 2 weeks or you keep passing live worms in your poo.
How you catch worms
Worms are mainly spread in small bits of poo from people with a worm infection. Some are caught from food.
You can get infected by:
touching objects or surfaces with worm eggs on them – if someone with worms doesn’t wash their hands
touching soil or swallowing water or food with worm eggs in it – mainly a risk in parts of the world without modern toilets or sewage systems
walking barefoot on soil containing worms – only a risk in parts of the world without modern toilets or sewage systems
eating raw or undercooked beef, pork or freshwater fish (like salmon or trout) containing baby worms – more common in parts of the world with poor food hygiene standards
You can catch some worms from pets, but this is rare.
How to prevent worm infections
wash your hands before eating or preparing food, and after touching soil or using the toilet
only drink bottled or boiled water in high-risk areas (places without modern toilets or sewage systems)
deworm pet dogs and cats regularly
dispose of dog and cat poo in a bin as soon as possible
thoroughly wash garden-grown fruit and vegetables
do not let children play in areas where there’s a lot of dog or cat poo
do not eat raw fruit and vegetables in high-risk areas
do not walk barefoot in high-risk areas
do not eat raw or undercooked pork, beef or freshwater fish
Like all medicines, Vermox can cause side effects, although not every body gets them. Stop taking Vermox and contact your doctor at once if you notice signs of:
Common side effects of Vermox (mebendazole) include:
– Stomach/abdominal pain,
– Dizziness, or
If you notice any side effects, they get worse,or if you notice any not listed, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
For the patient information leaflet