Pinworm Treatment

Pinworm Treatment

Pinworm treatment - General

     Pinworm treatment can be achieved successfully with:

  • Medication. Both pinworm treatment with doctor's prescription and free prescription is found in liquid form, tablets or tablets that are sucked. Pregnant or nursing women and children under 2 years are not allowed to take pinworm treatment without first talking to their doctor about the risks and benefits of the treatment
  • The compliance of steps to prevent re infection and transmission of parasites include washing hands and frequently washing the sheets and clothes. These measures are essential and very useful even if no treatment is given.

     Pinworm treatment with drugs is prescribed when:

  • there are these signs of pinworm infection like itching around the anus
  • there is a good chance of infestation of the entire family and close friends

     If severe itching is present doctor will prescribe a soothing ointment that is applied around the anus. If there are complications of infection with pinworms, treatment may involve therapy.


     Many people with parasitosis have no symptoms and do not require a pinworm treatment. Parasitosis can heal without any pinworm treatment but it may take up to 14 weeks (that's two pinworm life cycles). Most doctors recommend the pinworm treatment to all close friends of an infected person, whether or not the symptoms are present. Pinworm treatment can help prevent re infection and transmission of parasitosis to other people. This is particularly important in families with recurrent pinworm infection.

     Pinworm treatment of all family members is also important if there are pregnant, nursing women or children under the age of 2 years. These people sometimes cannot be given pinworm treatment and the treatment of other family members decreases the chance of them getting infested.

     Usually, people with symptoms are recommended pinworm treatment after 2 weeks after the first pinworm treatment to destroy any trace of pinworm eggs that appeared unaffected by initial treatment at this time.

     Medicine is used in patients presenting symptoms such as itching. Prescription drugs are used and also the free prescription ones (syrups, tablets sucking tablets). More than 90% of pinworm infections are cured with medication. Because medicines do not kill the eggs of parasites, two rounds of pinworm treatment are done every 2 weeks. The second round is necessary to kill pinworms which were composed of egg parasites at this time. In some cases of re infection, 4 to 6 pinworm treatments may be needed, every 2 weeks.

Free prescription drugs - Pyrantel (Antiminth, Reese's Pinworm Medicine, Pin-X)

     Pyrantel is the only free prescription treatment for pinworm infection. The drug dose is calculated according to the individual's weight. Second dose is given every 2 weeks (if you have no adverse effects during this period). Do not take more than the dose that is written in the prospectus.

     This medicine is in the form of syrup and gel capsules. Some firms have receptacles to measure the quantity and weight of the box with a table to calculate the correct dose. If the patient is facing difficulties in calculating the dose or he has concerns about medications, he should consult your pharmacist or doctor. It kills adult pinworms. It does not kill the eggs of pinworms. It is a prescription free medicine commonly used to treat pinworm infection. It is administered only after a rigorous diagnosis is done by observing pinworms or through a cellophane test. It is indicated when the pineworm treatment with mebendazole (a prescription medicine) is not efficient.

     Do not give Pyrantel to pregnant women, those who are breastfeeding or for children under 2 years without consulting your doctor. It is effective in more than 90% of cases of pinworm infection. However re infection with pinworms is very common.

     Pyrantel adverse effects are not very common but may include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. These are the most common side effects
  • Headache, dizziness and insomnia
  • Hives.

     If adverse effects occur after the initial dose a second one is not recommended (which normally is taken after 2 weeks) without medical advice.