How effective is Diethylcarbamazine tablets?

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    Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) tablets are effective for treating certain parasitic worm infections, particularly those caused by filarial nematodes. Here’s a breakdown of its effectiveness:

    Effectiveness Against Specific Conditions:

    High Effectiveness: DEC is highly effective against:
    Lymphatic filariasis: Caused by worms like Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and Brugia timori. This condition affects the lymphatic system and can cause swelling (lymphedema) in limbs and other parts of the body. diethylcarbamazine over the counter is available at dosepharmacy
    Loiasis: Caused by the worm Loa loa, leading to itchy skin welts and swelling that move under the skin.
    Tropical pulmonary eosinophilia: Caused by microfilariae (immature worms) and characterized by coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
    Mechanism of Action:

    DEC works by:

    Paralyzing Microfilariae: It primarily targets the microfilariae (microscopic larval stage) of the worms, paralyzing them and preventing them from maturing into adult worms.
    Killing Adult Worms: In some cases, DEC can also kill adult worms, depending on the specific filarial infection.

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