The dose of praziquantel is based on body weight and the parasite that is being treated.
To treat schistosomiasis, the recommended dose of praziquantel is 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, taken 3 times a day, for one day.
To treat clonorchiasis and opisthorchiasis, the recommended dose of praziquantel is 25 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, taken 3 times a day, for one day.
For both conditions, this medication should be taken by mouth, leaving at least 4 hours, but no more than 6 hours, between doses. Swallow the tablets whole with a bit of liquid, either during or after meals. If left in the mouth, the tablets have a bitter taste that may cause gagging or vomiting.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.