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What's normal after taking worm medicine?

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Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 18:35:49

Dcs 1 & 2 crawling. Taken tablet. Seem ok a few days later. Obv still taking care and I'll prob dose again 2 weeks after tablet.

Dc3 is 20 months. He was wriggling, complaining about his bottom so it was assumed he had the too. Was prescribed the suspension and took it Thursday.

Thursday night was crap. So unsettled. Friday massive poo full of bodies. Night still seriously unsettled, up well over 10 times. 2 splatty nappies today, refused dinner, screaming at us, wriggly, tummy making odd noises, just wants to be latched on to boobs and not let go. Occasional farts and they stink to high heaven.

Please tell me this is normal and he will settle as worm are sent to their doom!

Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 19:09:36


lljkk Sat 30-Nov-13 19:11:03

Tabs interfere with digestion of something... lactose? Which is why they starve the worms, upset tummy therefore not impossible.

Lovely TMI on the worm bodies, mind!!

Suspect you're in for 2nd dose soon.

Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 19:12:51

Ah ok. So upset tummy normal, that's good to know as I prop my eyes open with matchsticks!

NorthernShores Sat 30-Nov-13 19:15:24

We've all had the goo recently and found the farts somehow stank of the goo - very foul and sweet synthetic!

ilovepowerhoop Sat 30-Nov-13 19:21:00

your dc3 would probably have been given pripsen suspension which does have a laxative effect - pripsen paralyses the worms and the laxative helps move them through the system. It has a different ingredient to the tablet (was that ovex?). Ovex starves them of sugars so they die a bit slower and i dont think ovex has a laxative effect either.

BertieBowtiesAreCool Sat 30-Nov-13 19:24:01

It depends which as well - ovex kills the active worms (but not the eggs, which potentially means eggs still inside dead females too - yuck) but pripsen just immobilises them rather than killing, however, it also acts as a laxative meaning that the worms, eggs, everything get expelled which is why you need to re-dose with ovex but not pripsen.

Sorry using brand names as I can't remember the drug names, but they work in totally different ways. Obviously if using a different brand then you'd have to check which it's equivalent to.

BertieBowtiesAreCool Sat 30-Nov-13 19:24:28

xposted. Sorry slow typing as was half talking to DP.

NorthernShores Sat 30-Nov-13 19:25:06

We've got ovex suspension.

NorthernShores Sat 30-Nov-13 19:26:17

And yes we need to do our s two weeks apart, would that be right? I hope to God that gets rid of them.

Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 19:27:25

No it isn't the pripsen, that isn't available at the moment. It is a suspension of the same drug as ovex (mebendazole) so I know it will take a few days to kill all worms, just wondered if it was linked to the delightful poo we've been having. He has turned into an absolute boob obesessed grump <<sigh>>. Hope it passes soon!

Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 19:28:58

northern the farts are foul! I've not noticed the big ones who took the ovex tablets having them but the baby is rank!

ilovepowerhoop Sat 30-Nov-13 19:29:39

p.s. you definitely need to redose with pripsen and only redose with ovex if reinfection occurs (or i would redose anyway just in case)

ilovepowerhoop Sat 30-Nov-13 19:30:56

I didnt think that was advised for children under 2. Is pripsen out of stock then?

Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 19:31:17

I've been told 2 weeks apart if there are signs of reinfection. Will definitely dose the older ones but not sure about the baby as the medicine isn't actually licensed for under 2 years old so don't really want to give more if I can help it. Ditto myself as I'm feeding. I've had one dose but don't really want to repeat. Will depend on symptoms. I'm assuming though that since baby is in nappies and vests/sleepsuits at night so can't scratch his chances of ingesting his eggs are minimal.

BertieBowtiesAreCool Sat 30-Nov-13 19:32:00

Ovex isn't OTC for under-twos but it can be prescribed.

Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 19:33:24

yes ilove, it isn't available. The Chemist rang round, then we spoke to the Dr to see about me and ds2, the Dr spoke to infectious disease specialist and so on grin. I was very impressed with the service!

BertieBowtiesAreCool Sat 30-Nov-13 19:33:26

Yes, you should be super strict about towels though, and handwashing after toilet (and nappy changes)/before eating or preparing food/when coming in from outside/any time you see them with their hands in their pants! Nail brushes are good too and keep nails short.

ilovepowerhoop Sat 30-Nov-13 19:34:55

netdoctor says pripsen has been discontinued in the UK! Thats normally what should be used in under 2's

Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 19:37:26

Oh we are being strict. I've taught the dcs correct hand washing, bums are washed on getting up and before bed, pants are worn if child not in nappy or pull up at night, each has own towel which is regularly changed. Changed bedding on treating and the following day plus had fresh towels daily in that time. Now reducing as need to wash some of our clothes too! But will likely do bedding and towels again Monday.

Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 19:37:49

Yes ilove, that is what the Chemist wanted to get for me and for ds2 but couldn't.

NorthernShores Sat 30-Nov-13 19:49:42

We've all had the suspension. nearly two year old onthe same dose as us though -maybe thats why shes srinky?

We were told to repay after two weeks as matter of course and proscribed enough for two weeks later!

NorthernShores Sat 30-Nov-13 19:50:03


Indith Sat 30-Nov-13 21:24:11

Yeah I found it odd that the dose was the same, guess that might mean he feels it worse.

AuditAngel Sat 30-Nov-13 21:29:45

DD2 (3) was really wriggly and complaining about itchy bottom so I dosed all of us. The same night she was much better. I didn't notice a wind problem, but she is lactose free anyway, so perhaps that is why.

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