What is oxamniquine?

Oxamniquine is no longer available in the United States.

Oxamniquine is an anti-worm (antihelmintic) drug used to treat Schistosoma mansoni infections. Schistosoma mansoni infections are an uncommon kind of infection that people usually contract from freshwater in Africa. Oxamniquine can treat the infection by halting the growth and reproduction of the Schistosoma mansoni worms. Usually only one or two doses of oxamniquine will completely treat the infection. Oxamniquine is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States.

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