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All about: Nitazoxanide Suspension

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Generic Name: Nitazoxanide Suspension (nye-ta-ZOX-a-nide)
Brand Name: Alinia

Nitazoxanide Suspension is used for:

Treating certain parasitic infections of the intestine.

Nitazoxanide Suspension is an antiparasitic agent. It works by interfering with the production of certain substances that are needed by the parasite to live.

Do NOT use Nitazoxanide Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Nitazoxanide Suspension

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Nitazoxanide Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Nitazoxanide Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver or gallbladder problems, kidney problems, immune system problems, or HIV infection

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Nitazoxanide Suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Warfarin because its actions and side effects may be increased by Nitazoxanide Suspension

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Nitazoxanide Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Nitazoxanide Suspension:

Use Nitazoxanide Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Nitazoxanide Suspension with food.
  • Shake well before using.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of Nitazoxanide Suspension, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Nitazoxanide Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Nitazoxanide Suspension may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Nitazoxanide Suspension. Using Nitazoxanide Suspension alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Diabetes patients - Nitazoxanide Suspension contains sucrose.
  • Use Nitazoxanide Suspension with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 year of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking Nitazoxanide Suspension, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Nitazoxanide Suspension during pregnancy. It is not known if Nitazoxanide Suspension is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risk to your baby.

Possible side effects of Nitazoxanide Suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; headache; nausea; stomach pain.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bone pain; fainting; fast heartbeat; severe or persistent dizziness; shortness of breath; unusual tiredness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Nitazoxanide Suspension:

Store Nitazoxanide Suspension at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 58 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any unused medicine after 7 days. Keep Nitazoxanide Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Nitazoxanide Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Nitazoxanide Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Nitazoxanide Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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