Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S

Description
  • Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is prescribed to treat various bacterial infections such as traveler’s diarrhea,hepatic encephalopathy and similar diseases
  • Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S contains Rifaximin 
  • Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is to be taken orally (via mouth)
  • Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is prescribed to adults and children
  • Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is to be used only when necessary and for a specific number of days
  • Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is to be used under doctor’s advisement

 

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Type

Tablet

Feature

550mg

Unit

'S

Formula

Rifaximin

Composition

Rifaximin 550 mg

Brand

Ferozsons Laboratories Ltd

Prescription Required

Yes

How to use, Side effects, Uses, Formula & Composition

About

Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S belongs to a group of chemicals known as antibiotics and works tirelessly in the body to eliminate bacteria and its toxins,that causes traveler’s diarrhea,irritable bowel syndrome,inflammatory bowel diseases and hepatic encephalopathy.Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is to be ingested orally (by mouth) twice or thrice,daily or as directed by the doctor.It can be ingested either with or without food.The patient is advised to take each dose at the same time each day keeping a 6 or 8-12 hour gap in between each dose.Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is available in tablet form.

If you miss a dose of the medication, make sure you take it as soon as possible on that same day.If you don’t remember you missed the dose until the next dose time or next day,do not double the dose and take your medication as per schedule.Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is to be ingested for a specific number of days determined by the physician depending on the patient’s illness and their response to treatment.It is imperative not to stop Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S earlier than the specified time as that may lead to a return of the infection.

Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is considered safe enough to be prescribed to children aged 12 years and older.Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S may even be prescribed to pregnant and to lactating mothers in certain cases under the care of a doctor.Fatigue,dizziness,headache and stomach problems are just a few of the common side effects felt by patients while ingesting Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S,these effects tend to resolve on their own in a few days’ time.Alcohol consumption is not advised while ingesting Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S as that would result in extreme dizziness.Unnecessary consumption of Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is not advised.

Indications

Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S can be used to treat:

  • Traveler’s diarrhea 
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 

How Does Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S Work

Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S belongs to a wide spread chemical group known as antibiotics. Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S works by preventing the growth/multiplication of the bacteria in the human body thus eradicating the infection.

How To Use Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S

Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is to be ingested orally (by mouth) twice or thrice, daily or as directed by the doctor. It can be ingested either with or without food. The patient is advised to take each dose at the same time each day keeping a 6 or 8-12 hour gap in between each dose. Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is available in tablet form.

If you miss a dose of the medication, make sure you take it as soon as possible on that same day. If you don’t remember you missed the dose until the next dose time or next day, do not double the dose and take your medication as per schedule. Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is to be ingested for a specific number of days determined by the physician depending on the patient’s illness and their response to treatment. It is imperative not to stop Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S earlier than the specified time as that may lead to a return of the infection.

Dosage

Adult Dosage

3-4 tablets per day are most commonly prescribed.Dosage can be different for different patients depending upon their illness and any adverse effects felt by the patient.

Child Dosage

Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is safe to be prescribed to patients aged 12 years and older.Their dosage depends upon their weight, stage of illness, and age.A tablet per day is the commonly prescribed dosage.

Elderly Dosage 

Elderly patients that are susceptible to kidney and liver problems, a lowered dose of Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S may be prescribed under the care and supervision of a physician.

Pregnancy Use And Lactation

Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S may be prescribed to pregnant and lactating women only when necessary and under the supervision of a physician.

Contraindications

Please tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following before using Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S:

  • Allergic reaction to Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S or any other drug or ingredient
  • Diarrhea with blood 
  • Diarrhea with fever 
  • Liver cirrhosis 
  • Viral infections 

Precautions

Please tell your doctor about any of the following conditions before using Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S

  • Mild to moderate liver impairment
  • Mild to moderate kidney impairment
  • Edema of hands, face, feet or throat 
  • Breathing difficulties

Interactions With Other Medications

Please tell your doctor about the use of the following before using Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S:

  • Cyclosporine 
  • Other antibiotics 
  • Vaccines (eg.typhoid vaccine)
  • Carvedilol 
  • Grapefruit
  • Ketoconazole 
  • Anticoagulants
  • Certain oral contraceptives
  • CYP3A4 Inhibitors
  • P-gp inhibitors 

Adverse Effects

Common Adverse Effects

Like most medicines, Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S has certain side effects which include:

  • Stomach problems (nausea,vomiting,constipation)
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness 
  • Headaches
  • Flatulence 
  • Bloating 

These effects tend to be mild and resolve in a few days of taking Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S.

Rare Adverse Effects

If any of the following adverse effects are seen or felt, the patient is advised to immediately contact their doctor.

  • Rash 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Swelling of hands,ankles and feet
  • Itchiness 
  • Abdominal cramps/pain
  • Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea 

How To Cope With Some Of The Adverse Effects

  • Headaches– In which case make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid the use of alcohol. Take a prescribed painkiller. Consult your doctor if the headaches last longer than a week or are severe.
  • Feeling dizzy (lightheaded) or weak -If the medication makes you feel dizzy or weak, stop what you’re doing and sit or lie down until you feel better and do not rise too fast or immediately from a sitting or lying down position to a standing posture. Do not drive or use tools or machinery in case of any of these effects.
  • Constipation– Can be combated by adding more fibers to the patient’s diet,asking the patient to drink plenty of fluids and to increase their physical activity to trigger contractions in the intestines.
  • Flatulence- Can be eased by consuming smaller,more frequent meals that don’t trigger your flatulence.Getting a minimum of 30 minutes of daily exercise has shown great results in combating flatulence.
  • Fatigue– Patients experiencing this adverse effect, are advised to take deep breaths,intake tea or coffee,get a good night’s rest and not to over burden themselves for a few days.

Key Facts About Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S

  • Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is an antibiotic
  • Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is commonly used to treat traveler’s diarrhea
  • Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is safe to be prescribed to patients aged 12 years and above
  • 3-4 tablets of Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S are commonly prescribed depending upon the illness being treated
  • Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S may cause constipation,dizziness and headaches

FAQ

 #1.WHAT IF I MISS A DOSE OF Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S?

If you miss a dose of the medication, make sure you take it as soon as possible on that same day. If you don’t remember you missed the dose until the next dosage time or next day, do not double the dose and take your medication as per schedule.

#2.HOW TO STORE Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S?

Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is to be kept away from the reach of children,in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and humidity as that tends to ruin certain drugs.

#3.WHAT IF I TAKE TOO MUCH OF Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S?

 An extra dose or two of Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is not known to cause any harm but excess ingestion of Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is a cause for concern and should be avoided and immediately reported to the doctor as it may lead to serious side effects such as fainting, breathlessness and irregular heartbeats.

#4.HOW IS Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S SUPPOSED TO BE TAKEN?

Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is to be ingested orally (by mouth) twice or thrice,daily or as directed by the doctor.It can be ingested either with or without food.The patient is advised to take each dose at the same time each day keeping a 6 or 8-12 hour gap in between each dose. Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S is available in tablet form.

#5.HOW DOES Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S WORK?

Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S belongs to a widespread chemical group known as antibiotics. Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S works by preventing the growth/multiplication of the bacteria in the human body thus eradicating the infection.

#6.WILL Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S AFFECT MY SEXUAL ACTIVITY?

No, there isn’t sufficient evidence to suggest that patients experience a decrease in libido.

#7.WHAT ARE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS CAUSED BY Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S?

  • Stomach problems (nausea,vomiting,constipation)
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness 
  • Headaches
  • Flatulence 
  • Bloating 

#8.IS IT SAFE TO HAVE Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S ALONG WITH ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES?

Not all oral contraceptives are safe to be taken while undergoing treatment with Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S as certain oral contraceptives (birth control pills) may negatively interact with Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S.

#9.CAN Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S CAUSE DIZZINESS? IF SO, HOW SHOULD I MANAGE IT?

Yes. It can cause dizziness as one of the most common side effects. If this happens, you should sit or lie down until the symptoms pass. However, please note this is temporary and usually goes away as the treatment continues. It is also advised to avoid the consumption of alcohol during the course of your treatment, as it may worsen the dizziness.

#10.DOES Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S CAUSE ADDICTION?

No. This drug has shown no evidence to prove addiction of any kind in any patient.

#11.CAN I CONSUME ALCOHOL WITH Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S?

Alcohol if taken with the medication may lead to extreme dizziness.It is best to avoid the intake of alcohol during the course of your treatment.

#12.IS Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S SAFE TO GIVE TO ELDERLY PATIENTS?

Yes.This drug can be easily and safely prescribed to patients above 18 years of age.For eldery patients the dosage of the drug may be lower than normal due to decreased kidney function, Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S may not be effectively removed from the body and so,in such cases the doctor may prescribe an altered dose of the Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S.

#13.WHAT IF I FORGET TO TAKE THE Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S?

It is advised that the drug is taken at the same time each day,an alarm can be placed to remind patients to take Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S at the proper time.If patient misses a dose of Rifaxa 550mg Tablet 5 ‘S,they should take it immediately but if the time for the next dose of the drug is near then its beneficial for patients to skip the missed dose and take the tablets as per schedule,doubling of doses has proven to cause severe side effects.