Vansil is an anti-worm medication, used to treat infection caused by the parasitic worm called Schistosoma mansoni. This parasitic infection is uncommon and it is usually acquired through contact with fresh water in Africa.
This medication stops the worms from growing and reproducing in your body. Note: This medication is not commercially available in the Unites States.
Read your medication guide and follow your doctor’s prescription at all times.
- Take oxamniquine orally/ by mouth after meals with one full glass of water (240ml) per doctor’s prescription. It takes one or two doses only of oxamniquine to treat the parasitic infection.
- The dosage depends on your medical condition or treatment response. Do not adjust your dose without your doctor’s recommendation.
- Avoid alcohol intake and activities that require mental alertness (i.e. driving, operating machinery) because this medication can cause dizziness.
- Inform your doctor immediately if your condition aggravates or does not improve.
- Miss dose is not common since the complete treatment of oxamniquine requires 1-2 doses only. Just in case, make sure you take your missed dose as soon as possible. The time interval between doses must not be too close. Otherwise, stick with the regular schedule and leave out the missed dose. Do not double dose to cover up a missed dose.
It is not well known if oxamniquine has drug interactions.
Make sure to inform your doctor about all other drugs you are currently taking or using (prescribed and non-prescribed medications including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products) to check for possible drug interaction with oxamniquine.
Never alter the doses of other medications while on oxamniquine neither stop nor start any medicine without the doctor’s recommendation.
Side Effects: There are no side effects known aside from a possible allergic reaction in people who have previous or unknown hypersensitivity to the drug.
Watch out for signs of allergic reactions such as:
Before taking Vansil, tell your health care provider if you have/are:
- Any allergies to any substance, food or medication , particularly to oxamniquine
- Medical history or a present condition such as:
- Kidney or Liver disease
- Convulsion or seizure disorder and
- Pregnant, planning to get pregnant or currently breastfeeding a child (It is not known if oxamniquine can harm the unborn child or if it passes through breast milk that may harm the nursing child. The risks and benefits of using this medication during pregnancy should be discussed thoroughly with your doctor.)