What is Xifaxan
is a nonsystemic (does not get into your bloodstream) antibiotic used to
treat diarrhea caused by eating food or drinking fluids that have been
contaminated with germs called bacteria.
Who should not
If you have fever and/or bloody stool you should not take Xifaxan and
you should speak to your doctor.
Xifaxan should not be used to treat a form of diarrhea known as
not take Xifaxan if you have ever
had an allergic reaction to any of the group of antibiotics known as
?rifamycins? such as rifampin or if you are allergic to any ingredient
is not approved for use in children under 12 years of age.
Warning(s) with Xifaxan:
viruses rather than bacteria may cause diarrhea. Xifaxan, like all other
antibiotics, does not kill viruses. You should contact your doctor or health care
professional if you think your condition is getting worse or is not
improving after 24 - 48 hours (1 ? 2 days) while taking Xifaxan.
What should I
tell my health care provider?
Tell your health care provider if you are pregnant,
are trying to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
Xifaxan has not been shown to cause interactions
with other drugs. However, it
is always important that you inform your doctor or healthcare professional
of any other medications you are taking before starting treatment with
What are some
possible side effects of Xifaxan? (This list is
NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Xifaxan.
Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list
of side effects.)
Some common side effects with Xifaxan include:
- flatulence (gas)
- stomach pain
- sensations of needing to empty the bowel
- urgent bowel movements
detailed information about Xifaxan, ask your health care provider or