Advances in Parasite Medications

Antiparasitics are a class of medications which are indicated for the treatment of parasitic diseases such as those caused by endoparasites such as nematodes (roundworms), cestodes (tapeworms), trematodes (flatworms), and parasitic protozoa(the cause of malaria)and those diseases caused by ectoparasites such as lice, fleas, mites and ticks.

Antiparasitics target the parasitic agents of the infections by destroying them or inhibiting their growth.Antiparasitics are one of the antimicrobial drugs which include antibiotics that target bacteria, and antifungals that target fungi. They may be administered orally, intravenously or topically.There are different types of drugs that target the different parasitic groups. The main type is that of the antihelmintics that targets all parasitic worms and these are broken down into the various subtypes such as antinematodes and anticestodes.

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