RIFAXIMED 550 Tablet 10's

Bacterial Infections Rx required

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INTRODUCTION

RIFAXIMED 550 contains Rifaximin which belongs to the group of medicines called Antibiotics. It is used in adults with liver diseases to reduce the recurrence of episodes of overt hepatic encephalopathy. Overt hepatic encephalopathy is a neurological disorder caused due to accumulation of toxins in the blood because of liver damage (such as liver cirrhosis). It is characterized by recurrent episodes of hepatic encephalopathy (such as confusion, muscle problems, shaking and difficulty in speech) within the last 6 months.

RIFAXIMED 550 is also used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disease that affects the large intestine. It is characterized by altered bowel habits with persistent stomach pain or discomfort, diarrhea and bloating.

Rifaximin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used for gastrointestinal and liver diseases. It treats hepatic encephalopathy by preventing the growth of toxin-producing bacteria in the digestive tract. This reduces toxin accumulation in the blood and prevents the onset or recurrence of disorders caused due to toxin accumulation (such as hepatic encephalopathy). It also treats diarrhea associated with irritable bowel syndrome by killing the susceptible bacteria in the gut that causes infections.

Before taking RIFAXIMED 550 inform your doctor if you have any liver problems. You must also inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before taking RIFAXIMED 550.

RIFAXIMED 550 may cause pink or reddish discoloration of urine. This is usually harmless and disappears after discontinuation of the therapy. However, consult your doctor if it bothers you.

Other most common side effects of taking RIFAXIMED 550 are dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, shortness of breath, stomach pain, accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites), diarrhoea, and depressed mood. Contact your doctor if any of these side effect worsens. Also inform your doctor if you experience severe diarrhea even after stopping treatment with RIFAXIMED 550 before several months.

USES OF RIFAXIMED 550

It is used in adults to:

  • Reduce the recurrence of overt hepatic encephalopathy episodes
  • Treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea

HOW RIFAXIMED 550 WORKS

RIFAXIMED 550 is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used for gastrointestinal and liver diseases. It treats hepatic encephalopathy by preventing the growth of ammonia (toxin)-producing bacteria in the digestive tract. This reduces toxin accumulation in the blood and prevents the onset or recurrence of disorders caused due to toxin accumulation (such as hepatic encephalopathy). It also treats diarrhea associated with irritable bowel syndrome by killing the susceptible bacteria in the gut that causes infections.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Take RIFAXIMED 550 as advised by your physician. Swallow RIFAXIMED 550 with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine.

Your doctor will decide the correct dose of RIFAXIMED 550 and duration of therapy for you depending upon your age, body weight and severity of the infection. Do not stop taking RIFAXIMED 550 without consulting your doctor even if you feel better during the midway of the therapy.

SIDE EFFECTS OF RIFAXIMED 550

COMMON

  • dizziness, headache
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach pain or bloating/swelling
  • diarrhoea, constipation
  • depressed mood
  • skin rash or itching
  • muscle cramps and joint pain
  • swelling of ankles, feet, or fingers

UNCOMMON

  • yeast infections (such as thrush)
  • urinary infection (such as cystitis)
  • anaemia
  • loss of appetite
  • hyperkalaemia (increased blood potassium levels)
  • feeling confused or anxious
  • feeling sleepy
  • unsteady posture
  • loss of memory and concentration
  • reduced sense to touch
  • convulsions
  • hot flushes
  • fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion)
  • dry mouth
  • needing to pass urine more often than usual
  • difficulty or pain while passing urine
  • fever

RARE

  • chest infections including pneumonia
  • cellulitis (inflammation of tissue under skin), bruising
  • upper respiratory tract infections (nose, mouth, throat)
  • dehydration (body water loss)
  • changes in blood pressure
  • constant breathing problems (such as chronic bronchitis)
  • feeling weak

Stop taking RIFAXIMED 550 and contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

  • oesophageal varices (bleeding from swollen blood vessels in your throat)
  • severe diarrhoea
  • severe allergic reaction (such as skin rash, itching, swelling of the face, tongue and throat, difficulty in breathing or swallowing)

HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS

Nausea or Vomiting:

Take RIFAXIMED 550 along with, or just after meals. Avoid eating oil rich or spicy foods. Stick on to simple healthy foods. Consult your doctor if your nausea worsens.

Constipation:

Eat more fibre rich foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and cereals. Drink plenty of water. Exercise more regularly. Consult your doctor if this side effect bothers you.

Headache:

Rest and relax. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids such as water or electrolytes. Applying a pain-relieving balm on your forehead can be beneficial. Do not consume excessive alcohol, as it could aggravate your headache. Consult your doctor if your headache worsens.

Diarrhea:

Hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or fruit juices. Consuming ORS can also be beneficial. Do not self-treat diarrhea on your own. Consult your doctor if your diarrhea becomes uncontrollable or if you see blood in your stools.

WARNING & PRECAUTIONS

PREGNANCY

It is not known whether the use of RIFAXIMED 550 can affect the growth of an unborn baby. Therefore, RIFAXIMED 550 should not be used in pregnant women unless considered necessary by the physician.

BREASTFEEDING

It is not known whether RIFAXIMED 550 can pass through breast milk or not. Therefore, RIFAXIMED 550 should not be used in breastfeeding women unless considered necessary by the physician.

DRIVING AND USING MACHINES

Do not drive or operate any machines if you feel dizzy after taking RIFAXIMED 550.

LIVER

RIFAXIMED 550 should be used with caution in patients with severe liver problems. Therefore, consult your doctor before taking it.

ALLERGY

Do not take RIFAXIMED 550 if you are allergic to rifaximin or to similar types of antibiotics (such as rifampicin or rifabutin).

OTHERS

RIFAXIMED 550 is not recommended for use if you:

  • have blockage in the intestines

Use in pediatrics:

RIFAXIMED 550 is generally not recommended for use in children and adolescents (under 18 years of age) due to lack of safety data. However, consult your doctor before taking it.

Use in geriatrics:

RIFAXIMED 550 should be used with caution in elderly patients (aged 65 years or above). Therefore, consult your doctor before taking it.

INTERACTIONS

A. Drug-Drug Interaction:

Before taking RIFAXIMED 550, inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • antibiotics (used to treat infections)
  • cyclosporin (a medicine to suppress the body’s immune system)
  • warfarin (a medicine used to prevent blood clotting)
  • oral contraceptives (used to prevent pregnancy) Ex. drospirenone, ethinyl Estradiol
  • midazolam (a medicine used to reduce anxiety and to induce sleep)
  • antiepileptics (used to treat epilepsy) Ex. carbamazepine, phenytoin
  • antiarrhythmics (used to treat abnormal heartbeat) Ex. digitalis, amiodarone, flecainide

Overdosage:

If you or anyone else accidentally took more RIFAXIMED 550, consult your doctor immediately or visit the nearby hospital.

SYNOPSIS

Drug :  

Rifaximin

Pharmacological Category :   Rifamycin Antibiotics
Therapeutic Indication :   Hepatic encephalopathy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Dosage Forms :  

Tablet, Syrup, Suspension

MORE INFORMATION

  • Keep RIFAXIMED 550 out of reach of children
  • Store RIFAXIMED 550 at room temperature

FAQs ABOUT RIFAXIMED 550

Can RIFAXIMED 550 be used in children?

RIFAXIMED 550 is generally not recommended for use in children and in adolescents (aged below 18 years) due to lack of safety data. Therefore, consult your doctor before taking it.

Can I stop taking RIFAXIMED 550 suddenly?

No. Do not stop taking RIFAXIMED 550 even if you feel better during the midway of the therapy. Take RIFAXIMED 550 for the stipulated duration instructed by your doctor. Also, inform your doctor if you cannot see any improvement in your condition even after using RIFAXIMED 550 for the stipulated duration. If you have any further questions regarding the use of RIFAXIMED 550, consult your doctor.

Can RIFAXIMED 550 cause weight gain?

RIFAXIMED 550 does not cause weight gain. In case you feel there is an increase in weight, consult your doctor for advice.

Can RIFAXIMED 550 cause constipation?

Yes. RIFAXIMED 550 may cause constipation in some individuals. If you feel constipated, eat plenty of fibre rich foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and cereals. Drink plenty of water. Exercise more regularly. Consult your doctor if this side effect troubles you.

Can I take RIFAXIMED 550 during pregnancy?

It is not known whether the use of RIFAXIMED 550 can affect the growth of an unborn baby. Therefore, RIFAXIMED 550 should not be used in pregnant women unless considered necessary by the physician.

Is RIFAXIMED 550 a strong antibiotic?

Yes. RIFAXIMED 550 is a potent antibiotic with bactericidal and bacteriostatic effects. It can effectively kill the bacteria and prevents its multiplication within our body.

What is RIFAXIMED 550 used for?

RIFAXIMED 550 is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to reduce the recurrence of overt hepatic encephalopathy. It can also be used to treat diarrhea associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

Can the use of RIFAXIMED 550 cause red urine?

Yes. RIFAXIMED 550 may cause pink or reddish discoloration of urine. This is usually harmless and disappears after stopping the therapy. However, consult your doctor if it bothers you.

How to take RIFAXIMED 550?

Take RIFAXIMED 550 as advised by your physician. Swallow RIFAXIMED 550 with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine. RIFAXIMED 550 can be taken with or without food. Continue to take RIFAXIMED 550 for the stipulated duration instructed by your doctor even if you feel better during the midway of the therapy.

What RIFAXIMED 550 does to my body?

RIFAXIMED 550 is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used for gastrointestinal and liver diseases. It treats hepatic encephalopathy by preventing the growth of ammonia (toxin)-producing bacteria in the digestive tract. This reduces toxin accumulation in the blood and prevents the onset or recurrence of disorders caused due to toxin accumulation (such as hepatic encephalopathy). It also treats diarrhea associated with irritable bowel syndrome by killing the susceptible bacteria in the gut that causes infections.

REFERENCES

1. KD. Tripathi. Drugs for constipation and diarrhoea. Essentials of Pharmacology. Seventh edition. 2013. Page – 681.

2. Steven L. Flamm. Rifaximin treatment for reduction of risk of overt hepatic encephalopathy recurrence. NIH. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information. PMC, PubMed central, May 2011 [Accessed on 2nd June 2022] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3105611/

3. Kamesh Gupta, Harparam Singh Ghuman and Shivani Vijay Handa. Review of Rifaximin: Latest Treatment Frontier for Irritable Bowel Syndrome Mechanism of Action and Clinical Profile. NIH. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information. PMC, PubMed central. August 2017 [Accessed on 2nd June 2022] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5582649/

4. Alfasigma S.p.A. Electronic Medicines Compendium (EMC). [Revised on March 2021] [Accessed on 2nd June 2022] https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.2976.pdf

5. Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC. U.S. Food & Drug Administration; [Revised in December 2017] [Accessed on 2nd June 2022] https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2017/021361s023lbl.pdf

USEFUL DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

  • Ammonia
  • Liver Function Test
  • Potassium
  • Sodium

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RIFAXIMED 550 Tablet 10's

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