What is Ovex?
Ovex treats threadworms, which are also known as pinworms. Ovex is available as a single-dose tablet, oral suspension (liquid) or family pack.
Threadworms are parasitic worms that infect the gut and large intestines, and lay eggs around your anus. They are tiny, white, and look like white cotton threads. They’re a very common worm infection, and tend to affect children more than adults. It’s estimated that up to 40% of children of primary school age in the UK may become infected with threadworms, as well as more than a billion people worldwide. Once a person is infected, it’s very easily transmitted to other household members. They can live inside your intestine for up to six weeks before the eggs hatch again.
Around 40% of people with threadworms may be asymptomatic (have no symptoms). As the female threadworm lays eggs at night around the anus, it also releases mucus, which can cause severe symptoms like itching (most common), insomnia, stomach aches, appetite changes, weight loss, and bedwetting. Once you start itching, it’s very easy to spread the eggs from your fingers to other members of your household and shared items like food and linen.
How does Ovex work?
The active ingredient in Ovex is called mebendazole. Mebendazole is a type of anthelmintic, a type of medicine used to treat worm infections. Mebendazole is the most common type of worm treatment in the UK. Mebendazole is used as a one-dose treatment for threadworms and works to stop the worms from using glucose (sugar). Without sugar, the threadworms die from lack of energy. They’re then passed out in your stool.
However, mebendazole doesn’t kill the eggs of threadworms. So it’s important to maintain good hygiene practices to reduce the risk of infection. It is also highly recommended to take a second dose a couple of weeks later to lower the risk of reinfection. All members of your household must take Ovex, ideally at the same time.
Who can take Ovex?
Anyone can get threadworms if they’ve been in close contact with someone who has it. It can spread through shared spaces and household items so it’s safer to assume if one household member has it then the rest of the household could also be infected. Ovex comes in a family pack so everyone can take it at the same time. It also comes in a liquid suspension so it’s easier to take. Don’t use this medicine if you’re pregnant or if it’s for a child under two.
If you’re taking a medication such as metronidazole for a bacterial infection, or Cimetidine for excess stomach acidity, then you also shouldn’t take Ovex. If you’re unsure about any other medications you’re taking, speak to our clinicians first.
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