Anthelmintics are a type of medicine that kills helminths. Helminths are worm-like parasites such as flukes, roundworms, and tapeworms. It is important that anthelmintics are selectively toxic to the parasite and not the host.
Anthelmintics are medications used to eradicate parasitic worms (helminthes) from the human body. Helminth infections are one of the most common infections, affecting a large proportion of the world’s population, mainly in tropical regions. In developing countries they pose a large threat to public health, and leading to malnutrition, anaemia, eosinophilia (a higher than normal level of the white blood cell), and pneumonia. The worms that cause infection in man generally include the roundworms, the tapeworms and the flukes.

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