Q. What can I do to get rid of tapeworms?

Answered by
Dr. Srinivas Morampudi
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
Published on Jun 09, 2019 and last reviewed on: Jun 12, 2019

Hello doctor,

I suspect I may have tapeworms. How can I be sure and what can I do to get rid of them?

Dr. Srinivas Morampudi

Internal Medicine


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Stool tests can identify tapeworm infestation. However, because the worms and eggs are shed intermittently, the test may have to be repeated three to four times if the initial test is negative. Stool tests can also identify other intestinal parasites. Blood tests (serological tests) are also available, including ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) and PCR (polymerase chain reaction). Praziquantel is the drug that is used to treat tapeworm infestations.

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