What is Ovex?
Ovex is a treatment for threadworm, a contagious infection which can affect the whole family. If you’re suffering from threadworm and need a solution that will work for everyone in your household, Ovex can help. Ovex is available in packs of one tablet, a four tablet Family Pack, or a liquid solution which provides 6 doses. One treatment is all you need to treat a threadworm infection and ease your symptoms within just a few days.
What is threadworm?
Threadworm, or pinworm, is a type of infection that affects your digestive system. It happens when you come into contact with threadworm eggs and swallow them. The eggs will then hatch into tiny, thread-like worms your gut and begin to lay more eggs around your anus. When you have threadworm, some of the most common symptoms you’ll experience include:
- White worms in your poo which look like strings of white thread
- Itching around the anus or vagina, especially at night
- Waking up during the night
- Weight loss
- Wetting the bed
- Irritation around the anus
How will the mebendazole in Ovex treat my threadworm?
Mebendazole is the active ingredient in all Ovex threadworm treatments. It’s a type of medication called an ‘anthelmintic’, which means it treats threadworm by depriving the worms in your system of the sugars they need to survive. Once you’ve taken a dose of mebendazole, you should see an improvement in your symptoms within just a few days, as the worms begin to die out.
Can I use this product if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
You should not take Ovex treatments if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you think you have a threadworm infection at this time, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Can I use this threadworm treatment if I’m taking other medication?
If you’re taking any other medication, including those you obtained without a prescription, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product. This especially applies if you are taking:
- Metronidazole, which is used to treat bacterial and protozoan infections
- Cimetidine, which is used to treat excess stomach acidity
Are Ovex treatments suitable for children under the age of 2?
Ovex products are not suitable for use in children under the age of 2. If your baby has caught threadworm and you need a suitable treatment, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
How to take this product
Take one Ovex tablet, swallow the tablet whole or chew before swallowing. If you are giving this product to a young child, you can crush the tablet to make it easier for them to swallow. If your symptoms don’t go away within a few days, speak to your doctor for advice. If you get a second threadworm infection, your pharmacist may recommend taking a second tablet after 2 weeks have passed, but you should only do this if you have been told to do so by a medical professional.
When should this product not be used?
Ovex treatments are not suitable for children under the age of 2. Children should always be supervised as they are taking this product. Do not use this product if you are allergic to mebendazole or any of the other listed ingredients. For oral use only.
Do Ovex treatments have any side effects?
Like all medications, Ovex can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. If you experience any of the following side effects, stop use and seek immediate medical assistance:
- Convulsions, seizures, fits
- Allergic reactions, e.g. wheezing, shortness of breath, swelling of your face, mouth, tongue, or throat, hives
- Skin rashes (which may include blistering or peeling of the skin), itching, possible high temperature
Other side effects you may experience include:
- Stomach pain
- Stomach discomfort
- Liver inflammation, abnormal liver function
- Reduction in white blood cells, which may lead to you getting more infections than usual
- Hair loss
- Kidney inflammation
If you experience these or any other side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place. Do not use this product if the expiry date printed on the original packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
Why do I need to answer questions to buy this product?
You do not need a prescription for Ovex, however, you will be asked to complete a short medical questionnaire by your Chemist 4 U pharmacist before we can take your order. This includes some simple questions that all pharmacies legally are required to ask before supplying this kind of product. This helps our pharmacy team to be sure that this product is the best choice for you.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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The active ingredient in Ovex Family Pack tablets is: Mebendazole 100 mg per tablet.
Other ingredients are: Microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycollate, talc, maize starch, sodium saccharin, magnesium stearate, cottonseed oil – hydrogenated, orange flavour, colloidal anhydrous silica, sodium laurilsulfate and orange yellow S (E110).
What is Threadworm and How Can I Treat It?
Threadworm is a common infection that can affect children and adults, causing uncomfortable itching and worms in places you’d rather not have them.
If you’re worried about your child picking up threadworm, or whether you might have it yourself, then you’ve come to the right place.
Today we’re going to look into all things threadworm and answer your most asked questions about these annoying little worms.
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