Anthelmintics

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Chapter: Medicinal Chemistry : Anthelmintics

Anthelmintics are drugs used to treat parasitic infections due to worms. Worms that are pathogenic to human beings, namely, metazoa are conventionally classified into round worms (nematodes) and two types of flatworms, that is, flukes (trematodes) and tapeworms (cestodes).


Anthelmintics

INTRODUCTION

Anthelmintics are drugs used to treat parasitic infections due to worms. Worms that are pathogenic to human beings, namely, metazoa are conventionally classified into round worms (nematodes) and two types of flatworms, that is, flukes (trematodes) and tapeworms (cestodes). Anthelmintics act locally either to expel the worms from the gastrointestinal tract or systemically to eradicate the species and the developing forms of helmintics that invade the organs and tissues. This class of agents have added significance due to their wide prevalence in third-world countries and it is estimated over 2 billion people are affected. No cheaper medicines are available for this disease, even now, although the primitive Chinese and Egyptians have started treating this disease 3500 years ago.

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