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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Praziquantel

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Praziquantel Questions   [posted 12/04/98]
Question: Two questions about Praziquantel: 1.) How much is it? 2.) Is it worth considering taking some with me when I go on an expedition to Tanzania? Or is the incubation period long enough that I by the time I was displaying symptoms, I would be back in the UK, anyway (I'm out there for a month). Thanks!

Answer: Cost varies widely , check with your pharmacy. As to effectiveness. It is effective if taken while you are in endemic areas. You would need to take it while in Tanzania to be effective/ preventive.

Question: How can I purchase Praziquantel without doctor prescription? Is a market for this medicine in this country? How should this medication be taken for a 7 year old boy?

Answer: You can't purchase it without a prescription. Usual side effects are headaches, malaise, abdominal discomfort and occasional temperature. In general, it is well tolerated.

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