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Furazolidone

Why is this medication prescribed?

Furazolidone is used to treat infectious diarrhea and enteritis caused by bacteria or protozoans.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

Furazolidone comes as a tablet and a liquid to take by mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take furazolidone exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Other uses for this medicine

Furazolidone also is used in combination with fluids for treatment of acute infantile diarrhea. Furazolidone also is used to treat traveler's diarrhea, cholera, and bacteremic salmonellosis. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medicine for your condition.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking furazolidone,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to furazolidone or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, including amphetamines and other drugs for diet control; any eyedrops; levodopa (Larodopa, Sinemet); meperidine (Demerol); methylphenidate (Ritalin); tricyclic antidepressant agents such as amitriptyline (Elavil), amoxapine (Asendin), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), protriptyline (Vivactil), trimipramine (Surmontil); medications for asthma, cough, and colds; and vitamins.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had glucose-6-phosphatase deficiency or diabetes.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking furazolidone, call your doctor.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking furazolidone.
  • tell your doctor about your use of alcohol. This medication may cause severe nausea and vomiting if alcohol is consumed during therapy and for the 4 days following the completion of therapy.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid foods and beverages containing tyramine or tryptophan while taking furazolidone. These foods and beverages include alcoholic beverages, especially beer, Chianti, and other red wines; alcohol-free beer; cheeses (especially strong, aged, or processed varieties); sauerkraut; yogurt; raisins; bananas; sour cream; pickled herring; liver (especially chicken liver); dry sausage (including hard salami and pepperoni); canned figs; avocados; soy sauce; yeast extracts; papaya products (including certain meat tenderizers); fava beans; and broad bean pods. Excessive amounts of caffeine and chocolate also should be avoided.

These dietary restrictions should be followed during the course of therapy and should be continued for 4 days after therapy has been discontinued.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Although side effects from furazolidone are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • rectal itching
  • headache
  • brown urine

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • fever
  • rash
  • joint pain

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your response to furazolidone.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Your prescription is probably not refillable. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the furazolidone, call your doctor.

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