Is Elephant Foot Medicine Mandatory?

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I got elephantiasis medicine from a village apparatus in the form of a package (generic albendazole tablets and generic diethylcarbamazine citrate 3 tablets). Does it have to be taken every year? As stated by those who shared. Or just prevention. Please explain and what should I do? thank you

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Regarding the drug given is one form of prevention against the occurrence of elephantiasis which is usually given to areas that are endemic (often a certain disease occurs). This is intended so that people in the endemic environment have self-defense against the occurrence of the disease. This has become a government program in which the population of endemic areas aged 2 to 70 years will be given a preventative drug that is 1 dose for 5 years in a row. Until 2018, which were not endemic areas, were Jakarta, Yogyakarta, East Java, Bali, Southeast Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara, so that they were taken using preventive medicine.


Preventive medicine is a combination of Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) 100 mg and Albendazole 400 mg tablets. Ages 2-5 years are 1 DEC tablet and 1 Albendazole tablet; aged 6-14 years received 2 DEC tablets and 1 Albendazole tablet; and those over the age of 14 get 3 DEC tablets and 1 Albendazole tablet.


Prevention is very important because treatment will be more difficult if swelling in the lymph node tissue has occurred. Another thing that can be done to prevent is

- Avoid mosquito bites by cleaning mosquito nests, sleeping with mosquito nets, applying mosquito repellent
- Using effective preventive medicines to protect yourself also prevents the spread to others

That's the thing we can say. May be useful. Thank you

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