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Nitazoxanide ( nye-tah-ZOX-ah-nide) belongs to a group of medicines called antiprotozoals. It is used to treat diarrhea in children that is caused by protozoa (tiny, one-celled animals).
This medicine is available only with your healthcare professional's prescription, in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your healthcare professional will make. For nitazoxanide, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your healthcare professional if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to nitazoxanide. Also tell your healthcare professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy- This medicine has not been studied in pregnant women. Before taking this medicine be sure your healthcare professional knows if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant.
Breast-feeding- It is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk. Although most medicines pass into breast milk in small amounts, many of them may be used safely while breast feeding. Mothers who are taking this medicine and wish to breast feed should discuss this with their healthcare professional.
Children- This medicine has been tested in children and it is not expected to cause different problems in children than it does in other age groups.This medicine is only approved for use in children who are 12 months of age to 11 years of age. It is not approved for use in children who are less than one year of age or greater than 11 years of age.
Older adults- Many medicines have not been specifically studied in older people. Therefore it may not be known whether they work the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing the use of nitazoxanide in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of nitazoxanide. Make sure you tell your healthcare professional if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
The dose of nitazoxanide will be different for different patients. Follow your healthcare professional's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of nitazoxanide. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your healthcare professional tells you to do so.
It is important to take nitazoxanide with food.
It is very important to shake the medicine well before measuring each dose.
Use a specially marked measuring syringe or spoon to measure each dose accurately. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
To store this medicine:
Precautions While Using This Medicine
It is very important that your healthcare professional check you at regular visits
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your healthcare professional.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your healthcare professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT