RIFGUARD 550 Tablet 15's

Infection Rx required

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INTRODUCTION

RIFGUARD 550 contains Rifaximin which belongs to the group of medicines called Antibiotics. It is used to treat hepatic encephalopathy. Hepatic encephalopathy is a brain disorder caused due to chronic severe liver diseases (such as cirrhosis or hepatitis). It happens when the damaged liver cannot remove toxins from the blood properly. As a result, the toxins get accumulated in the blood, travels to the brain and causes brain damage.

Symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy includes confusion, forgetfulness, muscle problems, sweet or musty odour breath, shaking and difficulty in speaking.

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 eventually protects the body from the harmful effects of the accumulated toxins. As a result, it prevents the onset of disorders caused due to toxin accumulation (such as hepatic encephalopathy) and reduces their recurrence.

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

There is no proper information regarding the use of RIFGUARD 550 in children. Therefore, consult your doctor before taking. It should be used with caution in the elderly patients.

The most common side effects of taking RIFGUARD 550 are dizziness, nausea, peripheral edema, fluid accumulation in the stomach, fatigue, constipation, and stomach pain. Consult your doctor if any of these side effect worsens.

USES OF RIFGUARD 550

  • Treats hepatic encephalopathy

HOW RIFGUARD 550 WORKS

RIFGUARD 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 eventually protects your body from the harmful effects of the accumulated toxins. As a result, it prevents the onset of disorders caused due to toxin accumulation (such as hepatic encephalopathy) and reduces their recurrence.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

Take RIFGUARD 550 as advised by your physician. Swallow the medicine with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the medicine. Your doctor will decide the correct dose and duration of therapy for you depending upon your age, body weight and severity of infection. Do not stop taking RIFGUARD 550 without consulting your doctor even if you feel better during the midway of the therapy.

SIDE EFFECTS OF RIFGUARD 550

COMMON

  • dizziness, tiredness
  • nausea, dehydration
  • peripheral edema (swelling of the hands and legs)
  • ascites (fluid accumulation in the stomach)
  • constipation, stomach pain, flatulence, diarrhea

HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS

Nausea:

Take RIFGUARD 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.

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.

Dizziness:

Try to rest and relax. Get enough sleep. Avoid driving or operating any heavy tools or machines completely while you are feeling dizzy. Do not consume excessive alcohol, as it could aggravate your dizziness. Consult your doctor if your dizziness worsens.

WARNING & PRECAUTIONS

PREGNANCY

There is no proper information regarding the use of RIFGUARD 550 in pregnant women. Therefore, inform your doctor before taking RIFGUARD 550 if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.

BREASTFEEDING

RIFGUARD 550 is generally not recommended for use in breastfeeding women due to lack of safety data. However, consult your doctor before taking it.

KIDNEY

RIFGUARD 550 should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases. Therefore, consult your doctor before taking it.

LIVER

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

ALLERGY

Do not take RIFGUARD 550 if you are allergic to Rifaximin.

OTHERS

Use in pediatrics:

There is no proper information regarding the use of RIFGUARD 550 in children and in adolescents (aged below 18 years). Therefore, consult your doctor before taking it.

Use in geriatrics:

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

  • oral contraceptives (birth control pills) such as ethinyl estradiol
  • verapamil (a medicine used to treat heart problems)
  • midazolam (a medicine used to reduce anxiety and to induce sleep)

Overdosage:

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

SYNOPSIS

Drug :   Rifaximin
Pharmacological Category :  

Rifamycin Antibiotics

Therapeutic Indication :  

Hepatic encephalopathy

Dosage Forms :   Tablet, Syrup, Suspension

MORE INFORMATION

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

FAQs ABOUT RIFGUARD 550

Can I stop taking RIFGUARD 550 suddenly?

No. Do not stop taking RIFGUARD 550 even if you feel better during the midway of the therapy. Take RIFGUARD 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 RIFGUARD 550 for the stipulated duration. If you have any further questions regarding the use of RIFGUARD 550, consult your doctor.

Can the use of RIFGUARD 550 cause tiredness?

Yes. RIFGUARD 550 may make you feel tired. This may happen due to fluid loss from the body. If you feel tired, rest, and relax. Get enough sleep. Avoid driving or operating any heavy tools or machines. Consult your doctor if your tiredness worsens.

Can I take RIFGUARD 550 during pregnancy?

There is no proper information regarding the use of RIFGUARD 550 in pregnant women. Therefore, inform your doctor before taking RIFGUARD 550 if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant or planning to have a baby.

Can RIFGUARD 550 be used in children?

There is no proper information regarding the use of RIFGUARD 550 in children and in adolescents (aged below 18 years). Therefore, consult your doctor before taking it.

Is RIFGUARD 550 a strong antibiotic?

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

What is RIFGUARD 550 used for?

RIFGUARD 550 is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat hepatic encephalopathy. It kills the toxin producing bacteria within the body which eventually protects our body from the harmful effects of the accumulated toxins.

Can the use of RIFGUARD 550 cause red urine?

Yes. RIFGUARD 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 RIFGUARD 550?

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

What RIFGUARD 550 does to my body?

RIFGUARD 550 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 eventually protects the body from the harmful effects of the accumulated toxins. As a result, it prevents the onset of disorders caused due to toxin accumulation (such as hepatic encephalopathy) and reduces their recurrence.

REFERENCES

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

2. Maddalena Diana Iadevaia, Anna Del Prete, Claudia Cesaro, Laura Gaeta, Claudio Zulli, and Carmelina Loguercio. Rifaximin in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy. NIH: National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information. PMC, PubMed central. December 2011. [Accessed on 2nd June 2022] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3846583/#:~:text=Rifaximin%2C%20as%20well%20as%20lactulose,or%20placebo%20for%206%20months

3. Ciplamed. Rixmin. [Revised in November 2013] [Accessed on 2nd June 2022] https://www.ciplamed.com/content/rixmin-400-tablets

USEFUL DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

  • Ammonia
  • Liver Function Test
  • Potassium
  • Sodium

PRODUCT DETAILS

    Net Qty
    1 N
    Item Weight
    25 g
    Ingredient
    RIFAXIMIN 550 mg
    Hsn Code
    30049087
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RIFGUARD 550 Tablet 15's

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