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What is niclosamide?

Niclosamide is no longer available in the United States.

Niclosamide is a prescription drug that is part of a group of medications classified as anthelmintics. The medication treats an assortment of tapeworm infections, including fish tapeworms, broad tapeworms, beef tapeworms, and dwarf tapeworms. The medication kills tapeworms on contact. The dead worm is passed through the digestive system and exits the body in the stool. Many times, the tapeworm is destroyed in the intestinal tract. This medication is not effective for roundworm or pinworm infections.

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