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Having pin worms, taking cap, no relief. How to get rid off it?

I have been having pinworms for years and have never really gotten rid of them, they come back about every month, I have been taking Reese s Pinworm Medication for the last couple years, but have not gone to a doctor because I could have just taken the medication easily but now it won t work, could I have done something to make the effect no longer vaild such as taking extra medication, the first was weird (sour and almost no longer liquid) I bought some more which was nom. and took it but they aret being paralyzed! help?
Mon, 21 Oct 2013
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Hi,
Reese's pinworm medication contains pyrantel pamoate which is effective against pin worm infection. But repeated use may have caused resistance in the worms and they may have stopped responding to treatment. I suggest to get in touch with your GP for change of anti-helminthic prescription. Pyrvinium pamoate and Mebendazole are effective alternatives.
Repeated infection can be prevented by:
Treatment of other members in the family.
Improved personal hygiene and cleanliness is very important.
Cut your nails short.
Washing your hands before eating is a must.
Bed linens and night clothes need to be washed regularly.
I hope this advice helps you to deal with the infection effectively.

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