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Dificid Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is fidaxomicin (Dificid)?
- What are the possible side effects of fidaxomicin (Dificid)?
- What is the most important information I should know about fidaxomicin (Dificid)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fidaxomicin (Dificid)?
- How should I take fidaxomicin (Dificid)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Dificid)?
- What happens if I overdose (Dificid)?
- What should I avoid while taking fidaxomicin (Dificid)?
- What other drugs will affect fidaxomicin (Dificid)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking fidaxomicin (Dificid)?
You should not use fidaxomicin if you are allergic to it.
Fidaxomicin should not be used to treat infections that are not related to Clostridium difficile. This medication is for use only to treat diarrhea caused by infection with Clostridium difficile. Fidaxomicin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
FDA pregnancy category B. Fidaxomicin is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether fidaxomicin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old without medical advice.
How should I take fidaxomicin (Dificid)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Fidaxomicin is usually taken 2 times each day for 10 days. Follow your doctor's instructions.
You may take fidaxomicin with or without food.
Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Additional Dificid Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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