Xifaxan is an antibiotic used to fight infections in the intestines. It treats an infection called travelers’ diarrhea caused by drinking fluids and eating foods contaminated with E.Coli. Xifaxan is different from other medications; this medicine does not get absorbed into the bloodstream but goes directly to the intestines. This antibiotic is used to treat the intestines only and cannot be used for other infections.
This medication should only be used to treat travelers’ diarrhea and only be given to patients over the age of 12. This medication comes in two different strengths a 200 mg tablet, which is taken for three days at three times a day and a 550 mg tablet to be taken twice a day and this medication may be taken with food or without food.
Xifaxan is not effective in treating diarrhea due to other illnesses other than E.Coli.The patient should not use this medication if they are allergic to this medication. If you are having symptoms such as diarrhea with fever, bloody or watery stool do not use Xifaxan. This medication will not cause serious side effects. Xifaxan could harm your unborn child, if you are pregnant or become pregnant while being treated inform your physician.
Xifaxan Intake Guidelines
This medicine should only be taken by the person it is prescribed for. Take the medicine as directed until it is completely gone, even if you are feeling better. Xifaxan should be stored at room temperature. Keep away from moisture and heat.
This medication is taken orally for three days at three times a day.
As with any medicine if you think you have taken too many seek medical care. There are no known symptoms of overdosing with this medication.
Xifaxan Missed Dose
If you miss a dose you can take the missed dose when you remember, as long it is not time for the next scheduled dose and if it is take only one dose; never take two doses at once.
Xifaxan Side effects
There are no serious side effects associated with this medication but there are a few side effects that may be bothersome to some individuals, if they get to be real annoying you can contact your physician. The symptoms are:
If you are having an allergic reaction to this medication the symptoms will include trouble breathing, swelling of the throat and tongue, and hives. If you have any of these symptoms seek emergency care at once.
Xifaxan Drug Reactions
Inform your physician of all over the counter medication you are taking, including vitamins, supplements and herbs and also inform the physician of all medications you are taking on a daily basis. There are no known medications that will interfere in the treatment of using Xifaxan. You can get a leaflet from your pharmacy giving you detailed information on this medication.