Fenbendazole for Humans
Fenbendazole (also known as fenben) is a veterinary medication used to treat parasites and worms such as tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms, in animals. It is commonly used under brand names like Panacur C and Safe-Guard.
Recently, researchers have been experimenting with fenbendazole for humans – as a cancer treatment. Though the studies are limited, what researchers have found so far is promising for cancer patients.
However, fenbendazole isn’t the only worming medication that has the potential to fight cancer. Researchers have also been studying how Mebendazole, a drug that can treat worms in humans, could be just as, or even more, effective at shrinking tumors and killing cancer cells.
Here’s what you need to know about each of these medications:
Fenbendazole vs. Mebendazole
Fenbendazole is part of a larger group of drugs known as benzimidazole, which are anthelmintic drugs (i.e., drugs that kill parasitic worms). Another benzimidazole is mebendazole, which can be prescribed to humans with certain gut infections, including threadworms, whipworms, hookworms, and roundworms.
These two drugs are often confused because they perform the same primary function of eliminating parasitic worms. However, a key difference is that fenbendazole for humans has not been approved while mebendazole has been approved for human consumption by governing bodies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while fenbendazole is still only available for veterinary use.
Researchers have found mebendazole to have anti-cancer properties like fenbendazole, although studies are limited. It stops worms from absorbing glucose, which they need to grow. Researchers have found that it can also prevent cancer cells from absorbing glucose, keeping them from expanding.
While fenbendazole for humans cancer has gained more popularity in recent years, some research suggests mebendazole might be more effective for treating different types of tumors. For example, research studies have shown that mebendazole could be more effective for the brain, prostate, and ovarian cancers.
What Does Science Say About How Fenben Works for Cancer?
A few studies have explored how Fenbendazole can work alongside traditional cancer therapies to decrease cancer cells. For example, one study found that fenbendazole can treat cancer by inhibiting the glucose intake for cancer cells and acting as an interfering agent that blocks multiple cellular pathways in cancer patients.
The positive results of research on fenbendazole for cancer mean the drug could be repurposed for treating human ailments, including cancer. This could save a considerable amount of time and money in developing new cancer-fighting drugs.
Is Fenbendazole Safe for Humans
The limited studies suggest that fenbendazole for humans is safe for consumption because it has low toxicity and a high safety margin. But, of course, it is important to remember that the FDA has not approved it.
For dosing, research has found that Fenbendazole for humans is well-tolerated with a single oral dose of up to 2,000 mg/ per person or multiple doses of 500 mg/ per person for 10 consecutive days. However, because human observations are limited, these should be considered general guidelines that may need to change depending on each individual’s specific cancer.
Discuss Fenbendazole with an Integrative Oncology Nurse
If you’re considering taking Fenbendazole or Mebendazole for cancer treatment, it’s important to discuss your plans with a knowledgeable healthcare professional. These medications are not necessarily right for everyone, and your healthcare team must be aware of any new treatments you decide to try, you can speak with an integrative oncology nurse about your current cancer treatment plan to learn more about Fenbendazole and Mebendazole for cancer. In addition, they can give you the latest information available about which product to use from this family of drugs and determine if taking one of them might be right for you.