Rifaximin 400 Mg
Rifaximin is classified as an antibiotic, available in tablet form, known as antibacterial medicine. Rifaximin is available in nature, in chemical form. The chemical is modified for the manufacture of Rifaximin. It is used to fight against bacteria that result in symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome & diarrhea. This antibiotic is administered to patients suffering from Hepatic encephalopathy, a disorder that affects liver function. The absorption of Rifaximin is slow and helpful in reducing ammonia by destroying ammonia-producing bacteria. It stops the growth of toxin-producing bacteria which ultimately becomes the source to worsen liver disease. However, this antibiotic is not meant for the management of symptoms like virus infection, flu, or cold.
Increased growth of bacteria in the intestine in liver disease enhances toxins. These toxins may enter the brain resulting in an abnormal orientation of the brain. This antibiotic helps in the reduction of the growth of bacteria in the gut. By this, symptoms of liver disease are managed effectively.
Common side effects of the use of rifaximin are headache, Muscle pain, vomiting, dizziness, nausea, abnormal breathing, disturbed sleep, gas formation, joint pain, chest pain, and mouth ulcers. Please consult your treating doctor if any of these symptoms persist.
Your treating doctor may also adjust the dose to prevent side effects.
Your treating doctor is the final authority to decide the dose & duration of treatment with Rifaximin. Keeping in view your health condition, your treating doctor will decide about the dose of medicine.
Adults and children above 12 years:
IBS: A dose of 400 mg is recommended for 14 days of Irritable Bowel Syndrome along with symptoms of diarrhea.
travelers’ diarrhea in which a digestive tract disorder results in watery stools and cramps in the abdomen: 200 mg TDS for a duration of hepatic encephalopathy, a nervous system disorder that occurs due to liver problems: 400 mg BD
For children below the age of 12, there is no fixed dose, the treating doctor will decide about the dose to be given.
Medicine is to be taken regularly at the same time every day. Do not miss the dose of Rifaximin. However, if it happens, take the dose immediately but it must be skipped if the time comes nearer to the next dose. Do not double-dose the medicine. If you miss the dose, the same must be taken immediately but skip the same if it is near the time of the next dose.
Rifaximin is an antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of patients above the age of 12 years age suffering from travelers’ diarrhea and for the decrease, the growth of bacteria in the gut overcoming the problems related to abnormal functioning of the brain due to liver disease and addressing symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy, in adults with liver failure.
Before using rifaximin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any other allergies, including those to other rifamycins (rifampin, rifabutin). Inactive chemicals in this product may cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
Typhoid vaccine and other live bacterial vaccines may not work properly when given with rifaximin. Before receiving any injections or vaccines, tell your doctor that you are taking rifaximin. Tell your surgeon or dentist about all the products you use before surgery (including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal products).
This medicine should only be used during pregnancy if needed.