Treatment of Chagas

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Nowadays, Chagas is treatable. The treatment is very effective during the acute phase of the illness and less effective in the chronic phase. For this reason, it is important for the illness to be diagnosed early. 

There are currently two drugs used to treat Chagas: benznidazole and nifurtimox. Both may have side effects, which means it is important to carry out the treatment under medical supervision. The medication is taken orally for two or three months. 

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In children under one year, the treatment leads to a full cure.

Adolescent, girl and boy

In young people, the treatment achieves good results. The treatment has fewer side effects both in children and young people.

Man and woman

In adults, the treatment may prevent the disease from progressing and cardiac complications from appearing, although in these cases a cure cannot be guaranteed. 

Pregnant woman

The treatment cannot be given to pregnant or breastfeeding women. For this reason, pregnancy should be avoided when taking the medication. 

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Alcohol cannot be consumed during treatment, because there can be interactions that increase the possibility of adverse effects. 

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