Known interactions

No interactions found.

On-line Xifaxan

Brand Name(s): Xifaxan

Generic Name Rifaximin

What are Xifaxan?

Xifaxan is a non-absorbed (it does not get into the bloodstream) antibiotic used to treat traveler's diarrhea caused by the bacteria Escherichia coli.

What should my health care professional know before I use rifampin?

Before taking rifampin,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Xifaxan, rifampin, rifamycin or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, including vitamins and herbals.
  • tell your doctor if have a fever and/or bloody stool.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Xifaxan, call your doctor.

How should I use this medicine?

Xifaxan comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken three times a day for 3 days. Xifaxan can be taken with or without food. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Xifaxan exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

What if I miss a dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects may I notice from using Xifaxan?

Although side effects from Xifaxan are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe and do not go away:

  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Urge to empty the bowel
  • Urgent bowel movements
  • Upset stomach
  • Fever
  • Vomiting

Call your doctor immediately if your diarrhea symptoms worsen or are not improving after 24-48 hours (1-2 days) while taking Xifaxan.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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