Furazolidone

Description

Furazolidone is an antibiotic which is used for the treatment of bacterial and protozoal infections. It is also used to treat infectious diarrhea.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Furazolidone

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Skin rash, red or itchy skin
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness

Uses of Furazolidone

What is it prescribed for?

  • Giardiasis
  • Bacterial diarrhea
  • Protozoal diarrhoea
  • Enteritis
  • Cholera
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Avoid alcohol intake during treatment with this medicine due to the risk of side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known allergy to furazolidone or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. The risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Liver impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

G6PD deficiency

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with G6PD deficiency due to the risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of the clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative might be required in some cases.

Other uses

Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for indications other than those stated above in certain specific circumstances, especially if other medicines are not effective. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor in such cases.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Avoid alcohol intake during treatment with this medicine due to the risk of side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. It is advised that you do not perform any activities that require high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery if you experience any of these symptoms.
Interaction with Medicine

Amitriptyline

Captopril

Clemastine

Diltiazem

Chlorpromazine

Disease interactions

G6PD deficiency

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with G6PD deficiency due to the risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of the clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative might be required in some cases.

Colitis

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with gastrointestinal diseases, especially colitis due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of the clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Consumption of food or beverages containing high tyramine content is not recommended during treatment with this medicine. Report any unusual symptoms such as severe headache, confusion, blurred vision, problems with speech or balance, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, convulsions, numbness or weakness, etc. to the doctor immediately.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine exactly as advised by the doctor. Do not take in larger amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable effects. Do not stop taking the medicine before completion of the course/without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Effect on sleep is not established

How it works
It works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and protozoa by interfering with the DNA synthesis.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Miscellaneous antibiotics, Anti-infectives

Schedule

Schedule H

Furazolidone - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 12 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00614

Furazolidone [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 12 September 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/furazolidone

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Information on this page was last updated on 21 Mar 2019

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