Sta 500 mg Tablet

Manufactured byJohnson & Johnson
ContainsMebendazole
Description

Sta 500 mg Tablet is an broad-spectrum antiparasitic medicine used in the prevention and treatment of parasitic infections caused by tapeworms, pinworms, and hookworms. It is particularly effective in treating parasitic infections of the stomach and the intestine.

Substitutes

List of substitutes for Sta 500 mg Tablet

Mebex 500 mg Tablet
Cipla Ltd.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Sta 500 mg Tablet

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach discomfort and pain
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • Allergic skin reaction
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Fever with chills
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Peeling and blistering of skin
  • Hair loss or thinning of the hair
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Swelling of eyelids, face, lips, tongue
  • Decrease in blood cell count
  • Sore throat and hoarseness
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Weight loss

Uses of Sta 500 mg Tablet

What is it prescribed for?

  • Whipworm infection
  • Hookworm infection
  • Pinworm infection
  • Roundworm infection
  • Other parasitic infections
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    This medicine is poorly absorbed from the Gastro-intestinal tract and reaches its peak levels in the body within 2-4 hours of administration.
  • Duration of effect
    The time duration for which this medicine remains effective in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine can be used in breastfeeding if needed. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended if you are allergic to Mebendazole or any other medicine belonging to the parent group namely, Benzimidazoles.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine can be used in breastfeeding if needed. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Liver function

This medicine may alter the liver functionality by increasing the enzyme content. Though the effect is reversible, close monitoring of enzyme levels is necessary especially if you have a liver condition.

Blood cells count

This medicine may alter the blood cell count on prolonged usage. Report any side effect like persistent fever with chills and sore throat to the doctor on priority.

Prevention of infection

Use of this medicine to treat an infection should be complemented by hygiene measures like cleaning the house and personal belongings, washing hands before and after eating etc. This will ensure that the infection is not repeated or spread to other people.

Drug resistance

It is recommended to take this medicine for the entire prescribed duration even when the symptoms improve or resolve. Failure to do so would result in drug resistance and treatment of subsequent infections with the same medicine would become very difficult.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as your remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then the missed dose can be skipped. Contact your doctor if you miss more than one scheduled dose of this medicine.

Overdose

Contact your doctor if an overdose with this medicine is suspected. Symptoms may include persistent and severe stomach pain coupled with vomiting.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Carbamazepine

Metronidazole

Phenytoin

Cimetidine

Disease interactions

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with caution if the patient has an impairment of normal liver function. It is advised to monitor the liver function especially if the dose is high and the duration of use is extended.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Sta 500 mg Tablet as instructed by the doctor. This medicine can be taken with or without food. Do not take in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Take the medicine for the entire prescribed duration. Ensure that proper hygiene measures are adopted to prevent the recurrence and spread of the infection.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by interfering with the nutrient uptake process in the parasitic cell. It also disrupts the cell structure of the parasite causing lysis.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Anthelmintics

Schedule

Schedule H

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