Antiparasitic Drugs: Types and Mechanisms


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What is a helminth?

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1. A patient who returned to the United States after vacationing in Africa was feeling ill. After a thorough examination his doctor determined that the patient is suffering from malaria. Which of the following would the doctor prescribe to treat the condition?

2. A patient comes to a clinic and complains of severe gastrointestinal problems. They tell the doctor that they had been swimming in a public pool recently and got water up their nose several times, which they also swallowed. Which drug might be a good choice for this patient?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the different types of antiparasitic drugs used against common worms and protozoans. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include various drug features and what each drug treats.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The definition of helminth
  • The most common drugs in the treatment of malaria
  • Which drug would be most appropriate for a patient who swallowed water from a public pool
  • A drug that does not interfere with the DNA of a parasite
  • The drug that increases worms' susceptibility to the patient's immune system

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as nitazoxanide and metronidazole
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the types of antiparasitic drugs
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how antiparasitic drugs works and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about parasitic worms

Additional Learning

To learn more about antiparasitic drugs and their effectiveness, review the corresponding lesson on Types of Antiparasitic Drugs. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about some types of parasites, including protozoans and helminths
  • Understand the general ways that parasites can be treated
  • Explore treatment options for malaria
  • Review drug options for waterborne parasites
  • Understand the types of antihelminthic drugs and how they work