Before using Xifaxan, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Together with your doctor, you can decide whether the medication will do you more goods than the harms.
Here are some factors to be considered before deciding to use this medicine:
Allergies: Inform your doctor about the allergies you have, such as to this medication, other medications, or to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Pediatric: Safety and efficacy of rifaximin in children below 12 years have not been studied extensively. Consult your child’s doctor before using this medicine.
Geriatric: It may be used in elderly after assessing risks and benefits of the use.
Breastfeeding: It may be used in a nursing mother after assessing risks and benefits of the use.
Drug Interactions: Taking two medicines together can be harmful due to possible interactions. In other cases, even if there is a possible interaction between two medicines your doctor may advise you to take them together after adjusting the dose or issuing precautions.
Using rifaximin together with the following medicine is not usually recommended. Inform your doctor if you are using Eliglustat.
Other Interactions: Taking your medicine together with certain foods or items such as alcohol or tobacco may cause undesirable interactions. Talk to your doctor to know if using this medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco is safe.
Inform your doctor about the following conditions, if any:
Diarrhea caused by other microorganisms: Do not use rifaximin
Severe liver impairment: Use cautiously
3 Proper Usage
To use Xifaxan properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.
Here are some points to consider:
Follow your doctor’s instructions about the use of any medicine.
Never discontinue or skip the dose of any antibiotic medicines without consulting your doctor. Doing so can result in recurrence of the infection.
Dosing: For best results, follow your doctor to know what amount of medicine you should take in a single dose. The doses of a medicine can differ according to the conditions for which it is being prescribed.
Remember your doses can differ. Consult your doctor if you have anything to ask. The doses of tablets are:
Adults and children 12 years and above: 200 mg every 8 hours for 3 days.
Children below 12 years: Your doctor will decide the use and dose.
For preventing hepatic encephalopathy:
Adults: 550 mg two times a day.
Children: Your doctor will decide the use and dose.
Missed Dose: Take your missed dose once you remember but avoid it if it’s time to take your next dose, and follow your normal dosing schedule. Avoid taking double doses to make up for the missed dose.
Store in a closed container at room temperature.
Keep away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Do not freeze.
Keep away from children.
Discard any unused or expired medicines.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Xifaxan, there are some precautions you must take. Your progress should be regularly monitored to determine if you are responding to the treatment. Remember:
See your doctor immediately if diarrhea continues even after taking the medicine for 1 or 2 days, or if you have a fever or notice blood in your stool.
You can become dehydrated if you have continuous diarrhea. Drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration.
Symptoms such as decreased urinary frequency or volume, dizziness, dryness of mouth, increased thirst could indicate severe dehydration. See your doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.
Consult your doctor before taking any prescription or nonprescription medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.
The side effects of the medicine are not limited to the ones listed above. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any side effects that are uncommon or worry you. To report side effects to the FDA, contact at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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