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This medicine is an antibiotic used to treat traveler’s diarrhea. This usually occurs when travelling to foreign countries and eating food or drinking water that is contaminated by bacteria. This drug remains in the gut and does not travel in the blood stream. For this reason, this medicine should not be used to treat chest, sinus or lung infections.
This medicine may also be used to relieve symptoms associated with chronic bloating and flatulence, such as that seen in irritable bowel syndrome.
Xifaxan or Rifaximin is for use in patients 12 years of age or older.
This medicine will not treat dysentery or diarrhea caused by viral infections.
Take this medicine as directed by your doctor, and read the enclosed information leaflet carefully. If you are purchasing this medicine before you travel, ensure you clarify any questions with your nurse or doctor before you leave.
This medicine may be taken on any empty stomach or with food. To ensure your infection is cleared completely, please do not miss any doses and take the full course of your treatment, even if you begin to feel better.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
This medicine should be stored at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container away from heat and light. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted.
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to it or are allergic to any ingredients used in this product. If you experience difficulty breathing; tightness of chest; swelling of eyelids, face, or lips; or if you develop a rash or hives, seek immediate medical attention. Stop taking this medicine until you are seen by a doctor.
While you are taking this medicine, do not take any new prescribed or over-the-counter medication without consulting a doctor first.
Contact a doctor at once if your diarrhea symptoms get worse or persist for more than 24 – 48 hours, or if you develop bloody stools.
For women who wish to become pregnant, please discuss the risks and benefits of using this medicine with your doctor. Do not breastfeed while taking Xifaxan or Rifaximin.
Patients may experience some side effects while taking Xifaxan or Rifaximin. These include gas, headache, stomach pain, feeling like you need to empty your bowel, urgent bowel movements, nausea, constipation, fever, or vomiting. These should subside – if symptoms continue or get worse, contact your doctor.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience swelling of your hands, legs, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness.
Although an allergic reaction is unlikely, please be aware of the symptoms and seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, flushing, or trouble breathing.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
This is not a complete list of side effects. If you have any concerns or questions about side effects, contact your health care provider.
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