Xifaxan Side Effects

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Do you know the risks and side effects associated with taking Xifaxan? Read on to discover how it can affect you.

What is Xifaxan?

Xifaxan (rifaximin) is an antibiotic used to fight the bacteria Escherichia coli (commonly referred to as E.coli). Travellers are susceptible to diarrhea caused by E. coli due to eating foods and drinking water in foreign countries that do not have adequate hygiene and safety standards. Diarrhea is easily treatable in healthy adults, but caution should be applied before taking this medication while pregnant. It should not be taken by anyone under the age of 12.

What is Xifaxan prescribed for?

Xifaxan is prescribed for the treatment of persons, over the age of 12, who have diarrhea of the kind that is contracted when travelling. This diarrhea is generally caused by eating food infected with the E.coli bacteria. This is especially prevalent in third world countries without adequate infrastructure to secure clean drinking water. It is easy to contract traveller’s diarrhea if you are not careful and vigilant about your food and drinks and their preparation. But it is also easy to treat if you are an otherwise healthy adult. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women to use this drug.

What are the side effects?

If you are seeking treatment for traveller’s diarrhea, you need to be aware of the known potential side effects of a drug like Xifaxan. This is especially important for women who are pregnant. The side effects of this drug can impact on the development of the fetus and cause defects and life-long disabilities. These include:

  • possible cleft palate
  • agnathia (missing jaw/s)
  • jaw-shortening
  • hemorrhage
  • eyes partially open
  • small eyes
  • brachygnathia (a form of cleft palate)
  • incomplete ossification (formation of the bone tissue)
  • increased thoracolumbar vertebrae (problems with spinal development)

Currently, no adequate and well-controlled studies have been performed on pregnant women, so the full side effects of this drug are not presently known. It is advisable to avoid this drug if pregnant. Your doctor should consult with you so that you know all of the possible side effects, despite Xifaxan’s potential benefits.

Suffering from side effects? Consult an Attorney

If you, or your baby, have suffered adverse health consequences following the use of Xifaxan, you should consult with an experienced injury and product liability attorney right away.

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