What is Ovex Suspension?
Ovex Suspension is a medication used to treat threadworms, which are a type of parasitic worm infection that can affect the intestines. It contains the active ingredient mebendazole, which works by preventing the worms from absorbing sugars that they need to survive. This causes the worms to die off within a few days, effectively treating the infection.
What is Ovex Suspension used for?
Ovex Suspension is primarily used to treat threadworm infections in both adults and children over the age of 2. Threadworms are small, white worms that can cause itching around the anus or vagina, especially at night. They can also cause discomfort and irritability, and in some cases, may lead to more serious complications if left untreated.
In some cases, Ovex Suspension may also be used to treat other types of worm infections, such as roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm. However, this should only be done under the guidance of a doctor or pharmacist, as the dosage and duration of treatment may differ for these conditions.
How does Ovex Suspension work?
Ovex Suspension contains the active ingredient mebendazole, which belongs to a group of medicines called anthelmintics. When taken, mebendazole is poorly absorbed into the body and remains in the gut. It works by interfering with the way the worms take up glucose, which is essential for their survival. This leads to the depletion of their glycogen stores, causing the worms to die off within a few days and be passed out in the stool.
Who is Ovex Suspension suitable for?
Ovex Suspension is suitable for adults and children over the age of 2 who are infected with threadworms. It is important to note that Ovex Suspension should not be used in children under 2 years of age, unless specifically directed by a doctor or pharmacist. It is also not recommended for use in individuals who are allergic to mebendazole or any of the other ingredients in the suspension.
How to take Ovex Suspension
When taking Ovex Suspension, it is important to follow the instructions provided by your doctor or pharmacist. The usual dose for adults and children over 2 years of age is a single 5ml dose of the suspension, which should be taken as a single dose. For young children between 6 months and 2 years of age, the dose should be 2.5ml, and for those under 6 months, the suspension is not recommended.
Ovex Suspension should be taken on an empty stomach, and it is important to shake the bottle well before use. It is also advisable to avoid eating or drinking for at least one hour after taking the suspension, as this can help to ensure that the medication is effective. If necessary, a second dose can be taken after 2-4 weeks to ensure that the infection has been fully treated.
It is important to take the full course of Ovex Suspension as prescribed, even if you start to feel better before the medication is finished. This can help to ensure that the infection is fully treated and does not return.
Ovex Suspension Ingredients
Active Ingredients: Each 5ml of Ovex Suspension contains 100mg of the active ingredient mebendazole.
Other ingredients: The other ingredients in Ovex Suspension include methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl hydroxybenzoate (E216), sodium saccharin, banana flavor, and purified water.
- Do not take Ovex Suspension if you are allergic to mebendazole or any of the other ingredients in the suspension.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is important to consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Ovex Suspension, as it may not be suitable for use during these times.
- It is important to inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medications you are taking, including over-the-counter and herbal remedies, as these may interact with Ovex Suspension.
- If you experience any side effects while taking Ovex Suspension, such as nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain, it is important to seek medical advice.
- For more detailed information about Ovex Suspension, including potential side effects and contraindications, please refer to the patient information leaflet provided with the medication or consult the following link: Ovex Suspension Patient Information Leaflet.