To think the 1980s had something better to treat threadworms

(68 Posts)
JumpRope Fri 14-Mar-14 14:25:51

I remember having them twice and being given something which got rid of the lot.

My ds, 4, has caught them from school (we had a letter home about a month ago saying they'd had some cases). Now I have them and my dd.

Got the metronidazole stuff that's all Boots sell for worm. But I'm reading so many (horror) stories on the internet about worms staying for month/years/ever despite treatment. Is this stuff crap? Weaker than something I would have had in the early 80s!???

PenguinsEatSpinach Fri 14-Mar-14 14:28:07

I don't think so. It's the eggs that hang about and re-infect you, not that the medicine isn't working necessarily.

Key is to wash all the bedding (preferably with napisan), tight fitting underwear at night, obsessive hand washing and nail clipping, washing of soft toys, etc, etc.

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 14-Mar-14 14:29:22

You can still get Pripsen, which is what we had in the 80s, as well as Ovex. Maybe try a different pharmacy?

It's possible that what's happening is that the medicine is killing the worms but people aren't successfully killing the eggs and hence are reinfecting themselves. If you don't wash your laundry hot it won't kill all the eggs, and people tend to wash cooler these days, so it might be that.

gordyslovesheep Fri 14-Mar-14 14:31:04

pripsum was what we had in the 80's - Ovex is similar and works for us

PenguinsEatSpinach Fri 14-Mar-14 14:31:44

Ovex doesn't kill the eggs at all, that's right. You have to get rid of them by washing and cleanliness.

gordyslovesheep Fri 14-Mar-14 14:32:15
JumpRope Fri 14-Mar-14 14:36:08

Thanks all. Please can someone tell me they have had them and got rid successfully. I am scared. Washing bed linen etc hot and hanging outside in the sun, which I know the eggs die in.

gordyslovesheep Fri 14-Mar-14 14:37:15

yes - ovex and washing - also treat everyone - worked here

gamerchick Fri 14-Mar-14 14:37:40

that pripsen was made in the bowels of hell itself that stuff... talk about violent runs.. remember it well as a kid.

I think it's best to treat and then treat again like you had to with pripsen and treat everybody in the house at the same time.

The big wipe down to remove eggs from any dust and surfaces and even ironing knicker gussests to kill any eggs.

people usually reinfect themselves again and again... it only takes one egg knocking about.

JumpRope Fri 14-Mar-14 14:40:44

My house is pretty clean, but it's so big...... I have a cleaner and she is great. But one egg? Surely impossible to get them all.

SapphireMoon Fri 14-Mar-14 14:42:28

I was a child of the 70s.
Had vile, vile tasting drink twice [2 weeks apart] proclaiming to be raspberry flavour. Raspberry flavour my arse. Oh how I gagged and didn't eat raspberries for years thinking they would taste like that ghastly drink.
No idea what medication it was. Worked but revolting..

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 14-Mar-14 14:43:56

Yes, got rid of them without any extra cleaning beyond washing hotter and shouting at the kids about hygiene.

We've had a big outbreak once - about 3 and a half years ago - and a suspected outbreak or two (ie kid complains of itchy bottom so we dose them anyway but no-one actually sees any worms) but nothing within the last year.

Nomama Fri 14-Mar-14 14:44:03

Pripsen, 2 sachets each a single dose, includes Senna to make things easier smile.

I had to use it a couple of times a work colleague didn't understand the need for hand hygiene or the repeat dose sad. It doesn't taste too bad, either.

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 14-Mar-14 14:44:28

That will have been Pripsen, Sapphire.

CrohnicallyChanging Fri 14-Mar-14 14:45:03

What was the name of that disgusting thick red liquid? I remember that in the late 80s or early 90s.

To stop yourself re infecting each other, make sure you and your kids follow good hygiene, washing your hands well after a trip to the toilet and before eating and discourage children from sucking thumbs/biting nails. It's a good idea for everyone to wear underwear at night as you may be scratching in your sleep. I'm sure I remember my mum putting germolene or sudocrem on me at night as well, to stop the worms being able to lay their eggs or something like that?

TunipTheUnconquerable Fri 14-Mar-14 14:45:06

Actually, one of my kids announced she liked it, so I suspect they might have changed the formulation a bit since then!

CrohnicallyChanging Fri 14-Mar-14 14:46:16

X post sapphire, that's the one I remember. The first time mum told me it was Ribena. I didn't fall for that one again!

Orangeanddemons Fri 14-Mar-14 14:50:41

What I want to know is why is Ovex so bloody expensive. Does it need to cost that amount?

Melfish Fri 14-Mar-14 14:54:33

Oh SapphireMoon, just the thought of that vile stuff is enough to make me feel nauseous. Still can remember the taste 30 years on .

SuedeEffectPochette Fri 14-Mar-14 14:59:42

Ovex is yum but Pripsen - the thought of it makes me gag. Sapphire's post I agree with entirely! Ha Ha - nothing actually like raspberriessmile

JumpRope Fri 14-Mar-14 15:04:23

I think I had pills not liquid. Agree about the cost, it's JUST cheaper than a prescription charge, but not much.

Should I change jeans/trousers every day (for me, the kids do anyway)?

BorcestshireBlue Fri 14-Mar-14 15:17:07

You need to retreat in two weeks to ensure you have broken the reproductive cycle - Not doing this is why most re-infections occur.

Then the usual - Strips beds and hot wash. Hoover bedroom (including mattress, pillows etc, cut finger nails short)

Ovex (mebendazole not metronidazole) is generally more effective than Pripsen and more palatable too!

Pripsen has senna in it which is what give you diarrhoea.

RainbowSpiral Fri 14-Mar-14 15:35:29

I have found that washing the bedding, pyjamas and bath towels is sufficient. I did 60 degree wash. And treat again with ovex after two weeks. BUT ovex will not stop the itching in one days, it takes a few days. We have had them again but months on so I assume it is just reinfecting from little boys who never wash their hands at school.

BringBackBod Fri 14-Mar-14 15:50:49

Oh God, Pripsen. I remember the taste to this day, 35 years on.
It worked though.

FannyFifer Fri 14-Mar-14 16:00:34

Ovex didn't work on my daughter.
We got Prispen, didn't taste as rank as it did in the 80's either which totally did the trick. grin

Glitterfeet Fri 14-Mar-14 16:15:52

You're supposed to retake them a couple of weeks later. It's also good if everyone in the house takes the tablets, not just the person you think is infected. Tha plus washing everything should be fine.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 14-Mar-14 16:20:39

I can still remember the god awful taste of pripsen too! Revolting, revolting stuff.

Don't think I could inflict that on my dses!

I'm nearly 40 FFS, once tasted, never forgotten......

Whathaveiforgottentoday Fri 14-Mar-14 16:21:21

I always thought the pripsen was strawberry flavour. I hated it and still can't eat strawberry icecream as it reminds me of it.

I remember have them loads in the 70's as did all the girls on my road.

My dd had them recently and we treated the whole family with something banana flavoured (don't remember the name) and they seemed to go.
I know they are unpleasant but there are not exactly dangerous - just a bit icky.

Viviennemary Fri 14-Mar-14 16:24:52

Not admitting to anything. But Prispen works!

Viviennemary Fri 14-Mar-14 16:25:41

Should that be Pripsen.

puddock Fri 14-Mar-14 16:27:58

Oh, the taste of Pripsen. It is a family legend that we were all having a dose after tea, and we children were moaning about the taste, and my dad said something no-nonsense like "oh it can't be that bad, let's just get on with it" then took his, went purple, gagged, swore, damn near spat it out and announced that he'd never tasted anything as vile in all his born days, and we must all have chocolate immediately.

SapphireMoon Fri 14-Mar-14 16:30:43

Would almost prefer the thread worms to tasting that again.
TMI alert:
Remember sitting on the toilet at Brownies looking at a wiggly little worm.
I was mildly disgusted, but fascinated. My Mum not discovered I had them at that point...

BellaOfTheBalls Fri 14-Mar-14 16:38:08

DS2 had them very recently. We all took Ovex, followed by another dose of Ovex 2 weeks later. DS2 was still the only one to show obvious symptoms. Please ignore most of the stuff on the internet. I looked it up panicking when he had them and found there seem to be a couple of trolls individuals that copy and paste the exact same tale of it not working and the worms are immune to it and that you don't need to wash stuff or hoover etc.

I hoovered everything, washed all the bedding and wet dusted the bathrooms. Get everyone to keep pants on in bed, as it keeps the eggs...ahem...contained.

I'm an eighties child of a hippy mother. I remember my DM shoving a clove of garlic up me and my sisters' bums like a suppository. blush Oh how we screamed. I have no idea if it worked or not.

SapphireMoon Fri 14-Mar-14 16:44:05

How long did you have to keep the garlic in?!
My word...

tshirtsuntan Fri 14-Mar-14 16:47:37

Pripsen, if you get the 80's flavour though you'll never eat raspberry yoghurt again -bleagugh grin

Only1scoop Fri 14-Mar-14 16:49:48

Can remember being given pripsen and barfing the whole lot back up. My gag reflex was born that day blush

Ericaequites Fri 14-Mar-14 16:56:10

If you have a clothes dryer, drying sheets and undies on high will also help kill the nasty creatures.

BellaOfTheBalls Fri 14-Mar-14 17:37:12

sapphiremoon no idea. l remember it going in, I don't remember it coming out. I must have been about 7 at the time.

SuedeEffectPochette Fri 14-Mar-14 19:20:16

I bet one sip of Pripsen would take me straight back to the 80s. Dodgy perms, batwing sweaters, Frankie Says Relax, Global Hypercolour socks, friends that could only be called Debbie, Lindsay, Linda, Nicky or Susan.....

CrohnicallyChanging Fri 14-Mar-14 19:55:47
BornFreeButinChains Fri 14-Mar-14 20:02:30

I have to say we have had issues too, I wonder if like nits the worms are simply becoming immune to the medicines shock

monicalewinski Fri 14-Mar-14 20:10:29

Pripsen - yuk yuk yuk!!!

I NEVER got worms, my sister did - but we all had to have pripsen; the thought of it makes me gag all these years later. I threw it up all over the kitchen floor one time, and my mum just made up another sachet and told me off for over-reacting.

To this day, I cannot drink anything ribena coloured, or eat anything raspberry flavoured. <shudder>

JumpRope Fri 14-Mar-14 20:30:15

Went to 2 pharmacists today, both if whom say pripsen is being discontinued, there's a prob with it and wouldn't sell it to me. Booger.

JumpRope Fri 14-Mar-14 20:32:33

Have Pripsen sachets been discontinued?
Yes. The manufacturer of Pripsen sachets, Thornton and Ross has confirmed that the Pripsen dual dose sachet pack was discontinued in December 2012. Pripsen tablets are still available but are different to the powder sachets as they contain mebendazole whereas the discontinued product contained piperazine and senna. The age of the patient should be checked when considering whether Pripsen tablets are appropriate.

Mebendazole is the same thing as in ovex, boots own etc. it's literally all you can buy.

FannyFifer Fri 14-Mar-14 20:35:26

They have prispen in my local pharmacy.

FannyFifer Fri 14-Mar-14 20:35:43


JumpRope Fri 14-Mar-14 20:36:36

Probably the tablets, which only contain the same as other options.

issimma Fri 14-Mar-14 20:38:13

Another one retching at the thought of pripsen. Foul, foul stuff.

SapphireMoon Fri 14-Mar-14 20:42:21

I can remember where I was, where the cup was positioned on the book shelf, the horror of drinking it with my non negotiable mother watching.
My brother and I for once as one in our opinion.
Ingrained in my brain and we are talking over 35 years ago...

FannyFifer Fri 14-Mar-14 20:44:24

Def sachets as i bought them a few weeks ago.

ClownsLeftJokersRight Fri 14-Mar-14 20:48:56

Pripsen is nothing in foulness compared to a yummy glass of Citracidal.

Any worm or living creature would pack it's bags pronto after that. I think it's made with battery acid.

sheeplikessleep Fri 14-Mar-14 20:49:24

I still can't drink mcdonalds strawberry milkshake or indeed any strawberry milky drink as it reminds me of pripsen!

SapphireMoon Fri 14-Mar-14 20:51:12

oh memories clowns. Is that cystitis treatment?
I give you potassium citrate solution- revolting hardly covers it....

JumpRope Fri 14-Mar-14 20:51:44

Odd about your sachets FannyFifer. I got the text from the current National Pharmacy Association Faqs

JumpRope Fri 14-Mar-14 20:57:06

Ooh, think piperazine (in pripsen powder) gets you high and was being abused by ravers.

BornFreeButinChains Fri 14-Mar-14 20:58:15

It is expensive its a rip off as you need to buy it twice...they dont ram that home, they say you may need to come back and buy more.

i dont understand why you have to go to the counter to buy them and cant just get them off the shelf?

Any ideas who is likley to have the old fashioned prispen left?

CrohnicallyChanging Fri 14-Mar-14 21:02:07

Citracidel? Never tried that. However, I raise you Moviprep. At least with the pripsen it was half a cup or so.

The Moviprep you have to down 2 litres (8 glasses!) of the stuff.

Can I join the "1980'S Pripsen,worst taste ever club"? Gagging slightly at the memory.

I remember reading at the time the eating a whole raw onion was a natural cure and considering that a better option or even just living with worms.

ClownsLeftJokersRight Fri 14-Mar-14 21:06:42

Sapphire Citracidal is a bit like the 'Barkeepers Friend' of the health food world in that you can use it for lots of random things including threadworms. Actually it'd probably be easier to drink Barkeepers Friend grin.

It is true though that medicines which sneakily try to jolly themselves up by feebly attempting to disguise their ghastliness attempting to taste of raspberry or whatever are annoying. It NEVER WORKS!

At least you know where you are with Citracidal. It's nasty and proud of it. None of this trying to hide behind frooty flavours.

JumpRope Fri 14-Mar-14 21:13:28

What do the French use? I can't find pripsen sachets online anywhere.....

Iggity Fri 14-Mar-14 21:33:26

Pripsen.....still remember it. Am dreading my DS getting worms. Please tell me they have improved the flavour.

FannyFifer Fri 14-Mar-14 21:54:51

We live in a wee village so possibly were ones that were just lurking on the shelf.

monicalewinski Fri 14-Mar-14 23:41:21

Chronic, moviprep is indeed foul - but not a patch on the horrible, nasty stuff you have to drink before a ct scan. Like salty vanilla, I couldn't even down it whilst holding my nose - I was gagging and retching so much I even begged for a tube down my throat at one point. (I am cringing now with the memory!).

CrohnicallyChanging Sat 15-Mar-14 15:21:02

I had a ct scan before- but no salty vanilla drink (barium maybe?), I had one that tasted vaguely aniseed like. It didn't taste too bad to start, but after a litre of it I was feeling pretty sick and crampy!

bellybuttonfairy Sat 15-Mar-14 15:56:08

Dd2 had threadworms a few months ago and so did I. They are utterly vile. When I saw them in my poo - I was completely revulsed. Good hygiene and ovex sorted them out quite quickly. I also would swallow raw cloves of garlic and eat pumpkin seeds.

Im having the shivers just thinking about the little blighters.

You might be interested in what a paediatrician recently told me and what he sent to my doctor in a letter.

My DD ( 6 ) was referred for frequent sickness. He wanted to rule out worms and constipation before blood tests.

Along with movicol and senokot he gave us Vermox (mebendazole) also known as Ovex.

He gave a dose of 5ml twice a day for three days, repeated in a month. He said one dose then one two weeks later doesn't clear them shock

He put this in a letter to our GP to. I don't think she had them but if she did that much meds must of killed the blighters!

I'd get it on prescription from your GP as the liquid is £10 a bottle.

He also said 80% of kids referred to him for tummy problems are riddled with worms, and he has to medicate himself frequently as he gets them from touching the children in his surgeries.

So I'm afraid they are rife and she's still being sick sad

SuedeEffectPochette Mon 17-Mar-14 22:42:21

My parents 1980s cure for worms was to soak raisins in brandy. Then they made us swallow them whole! Not that great tasting but better than Pripsen. Dunno if it worked mind you but I don't seem to have worms now anyway!

WomanScorned Mon 17-Mar-14 23:04:16

I couldn't find Pripsen anywhere, 6 months ago.
We took Ovex twice, washed bedding and hoovered and wiped everywhere, and I bought a stash of generic Mebendazole from Amazon, just in case! I think they were about £12 for 30.

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