Rcifax 400 (Rifaximin) contains 400 mg of Rifaximin per tablet. It is prescribed for adults with gastrointestinal disorders caused by bacteria such as travel diarrhea, a type of diarrhea that is not accompanied by blood in the stools or fever. It effectively treats non-invasive bacteria like E. coli but cannot be used to treat invasive bacteria like Salmonella, Campylobacter and Shighella that are the cause for a more serious kind of dysentery. Rcifax 400 works locally and is not absorbed into the blood, and therefore it cannot be used to treat other infections. It is can also be used to treat a condition called hepatic encephalopathy, where it minimizes the loss of brain function that is caused by a buildup of toxins in the blood and liver damage.
Dosage and Administration
Rcifax 400 should be swallowed whole along with a glass of water. While the dosage depends on the seriousness of the condition and is always prescribed by a doctor, the tablet is generally taken once every 8 hour, with or without food. The course lasts for 3 days and should not be extended. When used to treat hepatic encephalopathy, it is generally prescribed as 2 doses of 550 mg per day.
Common side effects of Rcifax 400 are:
- abdominal pain
More serious side effects include:
- skin rash
- chest pain
- breathing difficulty
- swelling of the face or limbs
- difficulty swallowing
- serious diarrhea
You must consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.
Rcifax 400 should not be taken by patients who have a severe liver condition or colitis. In addition to this please advice your doctor if you are:
- Allergic to the drug, any other drugs or ingredients that are present in the medication
- Trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding
- Experiencing sever diarrhea , blood in your stool or you have had more than 8 loose stools in 24 hours
- Taking any other kind of medication
The medication can cause headaches and dizziness and therefore it is always advisable to avoid driving / travelling alone when you are taking this medication. It can also cause severe dehydration so it is advisable to keep yourself well hydrated while you are on this medication.
A second course of the medication should never be taken and it should be stored below 25 degrees C in a cool place.
Drug interactions with Rifaximin
Bosutinib, Eliglustat, Ibrutinib, Ledipasvir and Sofosbuvir increase the level of blood in the body. It can decrease the effectiveness of birth control. It should not be taken with any rifampin, rifamycins or rifabutin medications.