Diloxanide

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Generic Name: Diloxanide Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is diloxanide used for?

Diloxanide is commonly used for acute and chronic intestinal amoebiasis, asymptomatic cyst passers, eradication, mild amebic dysentery, non-dysenteric intestinal amebiasis, oliguria due to renal failure, oliguria due to renal failure and parkinsonism.

How should I take diloxanide?

For orally taken form, you should:

  • Take diloxanide bymouth as directed by your doctor concerning: dose, schedule.
  • Read the label carefully before using diloxanide.
  • Consult your doctor for any information on the label that you do not clearly understand.

How do I store diloxanide?

Diloxanide is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store diloxanide in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of diloxanide that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush diloxanide down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using diloxanide?

Before using diloxanide, tell your doctor if:

  • You have allergic reaction to diloxanide, excipients using for dosage form containing diloxanide.
  • You have allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • You have used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with diloxanide.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using diloxanide during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking diloxanide.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from diloxanide?

As taking others medicines, taking diloxanide can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of side effects are:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Anorexia
  • Latulence
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with diloxanide?

Diloxanide may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with diloxanide?

Diloxanide may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with diloxanide?

Diloxanide may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using diloxanide.

What is the dose of diloxanide for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about dose of diloxanide.

The recommended dose is one tablet three times daily for ten days.

What is the dose of diloxanide for a child?

Consult your doctor for information about dose of diloxanide.

The recommended dose is 20 mg/kg bodyweight daily in divided doses for ten days. Diloxanide is not suitable for use in children weighing less than 25 kg.

How is diloxanide available?

Diloxanide is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 500 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of diloxanide, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: February 11, 2017 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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