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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Anthelmintic (Anti-parasitic)

Generic

Yes, generic versions are available

Active Ingredient

Mebendazole

Effective within

Usually within 1-2 days

Works by

Paralyzing and expelling threadworms from the intestines

Side effects

Gastrointestinal symptoms (stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea), headache, dizziness

Medication details

Description

Ovex Suspension 30ml Family Pack is an anthelmintic medication designed to combat parasitic infections. The primary active ingredient in Ovex Suspension is mebendazole, a member of the anthelmintic drug class. This medication is primarily used to treat infestations of threadworms, also known as pinworms. These parasites commonly affect both children and adults.

Threadworms are small, white, thread-like worms that infest the intestines, leading to itching around the anal region. Ovex Suspension works by paralyzing the threadworms, thus preventing them from absorbing essential nutrients and eventually causing their expulsion from the body through bowel movements.

Directions

To ensure the effectiveness of Ovex Suspension 30ml Family Pack, it is vital to follow the recommended dosage and administration instructions:
Dosage: The standard dosage for Ovex Suspension is based on the patient's age. For adults and children over 2 years old, the typical dose is 5ml (equivalent to one 5ml spoonful) of the suspension as a single dose. Children aged 6 months to 2 years should take 2.5ml (half a 5ml spoonful).
Administration: Shake the bottle well before use. Measure the appropriate dose using the provided spoon and administer the suspension orally. It can be taken with or without food, but taking it with a meal may help reduce stomach discomfort.
Repeat Dosing: In some cases, a second dose may be required after two weeks to ensure complete eradication of the infection. Follow the advice of your healthcare provider.

Ingredients

The primary active ingredient in Ovex Suspension 30ml Family Pack is mebendazole. In addition to mebendazole, the suspension may contain other inactive ingredients, such as glycerol, methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl hydroxybenzoate (E216), microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylcellulose sodium, sodium laurilsulfate, orange flavor, and purified water. Always check the product label for a complete list of ingredients and consult with a healthcare professional if you have known allergies or sensitivities to any of them.

Side Effects

While Ovex Suspension is generally well-tolerated, some individuals may experience side effects. Common side effects of Ovex Suspension may include:
Gastrointestinal Symptoms: Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Headache.
Dizziness.
Allergic Reactions: Although rare, allergic reactions may occur. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
It's important to note that the above list is not exhaustive. If you encounter any unusual or severe side effects while taking Ovex Suspension, consult a healthcare professional for guidance.

Warnings

Before using Ovex Suspension 30ml Family Pack, consider the following important warnings:
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, consult a healthcare provider before using Ovex Suspension. The safety of mebendazole during pregnancy and breastfeeding is not well-established.
Liver or Kidney Disease: If you have a history of liver or kidney disease, inform your healthcare provider, as they may need to adjust your dosage or recommend an alternative treatment.
Allergies: If you have known allergies to mebendazole or any of the inactive ingredients in Ovex Suspension, avoid using this medication.
Interactions: Inform your healthcare provider of any other medications, supplements, or herbal products you are taking, as they may interact with Ovex Suspension and affect its effectiveness or safety.
Children Under 6 Months: Ovex Suspension is not recommended for children under 6 months of age. Consult a healthcare professional for alternative treatments in this age group.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on 5 oct 2023, 14:45

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FAQs

Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Can I use Ovex Suspension for my entire family?

Ovex Suspension 30ml Family Pack is designed to be suitable for family use. However, it's crucial to ensure each family member's dosage is appropriate based on their age, as mentioned in the directions for use. Consult a healthcare professional for individual dosing guidance.

How long does it take for Ovex Suspension to start working?

Ovex Suspension typically starts working within 1-2 days. It paralyzes and expels threadworms, providing relief from itching and discomfort. If symptoms persist after this period, consult a healthcare provider for further guidance.

Is it necessary to take a second dose of Ovex Suspension?

In some cases, a second dose of Ovex Suspension may be recommended after two weeks to ensure the complete eradication of the infection. Follow your healthcare provider's advice or read the product label for specific instructions.

Can I mix Ovex Suspension with other medications or foods?

It's generally recommended to take Ovex Suspension as directed, without mixing it with other medications or foods. This ensures the medication's effectiveness. However, you can take it with or without food, as per your preference.

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