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Xifaxan Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Xifaxan is an antibiotic used to treat traveler's diarrhea, a bacterial infection in the intestines that may be caused by Escherichia coli.

Xifaxan Dosage

  • For adults and children 12 years and older, the usual starting dose is one 200-milligram tablet taken 3 times a day for 3 days.
  • Xifaxan has not been studied in children less than 12 years old.

Uses of Xifaxan

  • It is used to treat traveler's diarrhea.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Xifaxan

Before taken Xifaxan medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Xifaxan. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Fever or high body temperature
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Painful or urgent bowel movements
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Xifaxan:

  • Xifaxan is only useful in cases of diarrhea that are caused by E. coli. If your symptoms get worse, if you develop new symptoms such as a fever or bloody diarrhea, or if you do not get better within 1 to 2 days, call your doctor right away.
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.

Drug Interaction :-

There are no documented drug interactions with Xifaxan. But if you are taking Xifaxan with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Xifaxan with other drugs.


There is no specific overdose information about Xifaxan. But after taken Xifaxan if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.

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