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Ovex Family Pack Contains 4 Single-Tablet Treatments for Threadworms

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What is Ovex Family Pack?

Ovex Family Pack is a medicine which is used to treat threadworm (sometimes known as pinworm) infections of the gut. The tablets contain mebendazole, which is one of a group of medicines called 'anthelmintics'. This medicine is for use in adults and children aged over 2 years.

What are threadworms?

Threadworms (Enterobius vermicularis) are tiny white parasitic worms that live in the bowel. They are approximately half an inch long and resemble threads of white cotton – hence the name threadworms.

How common are threadworms?

Threadworms are extremely common, especially in children. It is estimated that up to 40% of children under ten years in the UK may be affected at any one time. Once a child has threadworms, it is very easy for the rest of the family to get them.

General advice about threadworms

To ensure that you and your family do not infect others or re-infect yourselves, you should also follow the hygiene measures listed below for at least six weeks:
    • Keep nails short.
    • Discourage nail biting or finger sucking.
    • Wear pyjamas or underclothes in bed.
    • In the mornings, wash thoroughly around the bottom.
    • Provide a towel for the exclusive use of each member of the household.
    • Change clothes regularly.
    • Regularly wash and iron bed linen.
    • Thoroughly wash hands and nails after using the toilet and before each meal.

Do you need to keep your children off school?

No. As long as the children are treated and the general hygiene measures outlined above are followed, there is no reason to keep them off school.

How can you stop threadworms from coming back?

Threadworms are easily treated but unless the following precautions are taken the problem may recur: Follow the general advice above. Make sure everyone in the family is treated at the same time.

How to take Ovex Family Pack Tablets

      • This medicine is a single-tablet dose. Do not take more than the stated dose shown below.
      • For oral use only.
      • The tablet may be either chewed or swallowed whole. Crush the tablet before giving it to a young child.
      • Always supervise a child if they are taking this medicine.
      • Ovex Suspension could be considered for young children who are unable to swallow the Ovex Tablet.
      • Adults and children aged 2 years and over: Take one tablet per family member.
If symptoms do not disappear within a few days, speak to your doctor. If you are re-infected your pharmacist may recommend that a second tablet is taken after two weeks.

What do Ovex Family Pack Tablets contain ?

The active ingredient in Ovex Family Pack tablets is: Mebendazole 100 mg per tablet.

Please use our pharmacist consultation to ensure you are eligible for the medication

  • (Please describe typical symptoms even if you are not currently suffering from them)
  • Please note that if you have selected yes and do not provide more details, we will be unable to process your order until our pharmacist has contacted you.