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Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's

Manufacturer

ALKEM LABORATORIES LTD

Pack Of

10 TabletS

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Product Details

About Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's

Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's belongs to the group of medicines called 'antibiotics' or 'antibacterials' used to treat infectious traveller's diarrhoea (in adults and children above 12 years of age) caused by E coli bacteria, hepatic encephalopathy (decreased brain function due to liver disease) and irritable bowel syndrome with diahhorea (IBS-D). Traveller’s diarrhoea is an infection in which there is a passage of unformed stools. Hepatic encephalopathy causes loss of brain function when a damaged liver is unable to remove toxins from the blood. Irritable bowel syndrome is a condition which affects the large intestine. Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's does not work against infections caused by the virus, including cold and flu.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) occurs due to imbalance in the beneficial bacteria in the gut. Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's contains ‘Rifaximin’ that works by working on the bowel and preventing the spread of infections caused due to the loss of the beneficial gut bacteria.  Thus, Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's helps in relieving abdominal pain and diahhorea. Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's should not be used in the patients with diarrhoea complicated by fever or blood in the stool and diarrhoea due to pathogens other than Escherichia coli (E coli).

Take Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's with or without food but at a common, same time every day. Do not take a double dose to make up the missed ones. In some cases, you may experience certain common side-effects such as headache, peripheral oedema (leg swelling), nausea, dizziness, fatigue, ascites (excess fluid build-up in the abdomen), increased liver enzymes (ALT), and nausea. Most of these side-effects do not require medical attention and will resolve gradually over time. However, you are advised to talk to your doctor if you experience these side-effects persistently.

Before starting Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's, please inform your doctor if you have any allergy (against any antibiotic), kidney or liver problems. Do not take Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's on your own as self-medication may lead to antibiotic-resistance in which antibiotics fail to act against specific bacterial infections. Do not take Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's for more than 3 days unless prescribed; if there is no symptomatic improvement, consult your doctor. Avoid taking Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; talk to your doctor, he/she may prescribe you with alternate medicine. Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's is not recommended for children as the efficacy and safety have not been established. Inform your doctor about all the medicines you are taking and about your health condition to rule out any unpleasant side-effects.

Uses of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's

Traveller’s diarrhoea, Liver encephalopathy, Irritable bowel syndrome due to diarrhoea

Medicinal Benefits

Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's belongs to the group of medicines called antibiotics used to treat infectious travellers diarrhoea, hepatic encephalopathy (decrease in brain function due to liver disease) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's is used to treat traveller’s diarrhoea caused by non-invasive strains of E.coli. Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is effective against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, and ammonia producing bacteria. Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's is a gastrointestinal-selective antibiotic with a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity. Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's is bactericidal in nature and works by killing the bacteria that cause infections. Thereby, helps in treating and preventing the spread of infections.

Directions for Use

The tablet form of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's should be swallowed as a whole with a glass of water, do not chew or break the tablet. The liquid form of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's should be taken by mouth using the measuring cup provided by the pack. Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's should be taken at fixed intervals every day for best results. The dose of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's can vary depending upon your condition and severity of the infection. Also, it is recommended to complete the course of medicine even if you feel better as it is an antibiotic, and leaving it in between may lead to even severe infection that will, in fact, stop responding to the antibiotic as well (antibiotic resistance).

Storage

Store in a cool and dry place away from sunlight

Side Effects of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's

Like all medicines, Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's can also cause side-effects, although not everybody experiences them. Headache, peripheral oedema (leg swelling), nausea, dizziness, fatigue, ascites (excess fluid build-up in the abdomen) and increased liver enzymes (ALT) are the common side-effects of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's. Please consult your doctor if you experience any of these side-effects persistently.

In-Depth Precautions and Warning

Drug Warnings

Do not take Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's if you are allergic to any of its contents, if you have a fever, blood in stools, passed 8 or more unformed stools in last 24 hours, constipation, vomiting, and abdominal pain caused by blockage of the bowel. Talk to your doctor if your condition does not improve, symptoms continue or re-appear even after taking Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's for 3 days. Do not take Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's for more than 3 days unless prescribed; if there is no symptomatic improvement, consult your doctor. Avoid taking Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; talk to your doctor, he/she may prescribe you with alternate medicine. Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's is not recommended for children below 12 years of age as the efficacy and safety have not been established. Inform your doctor about all the medicines you are taking and about your health condition to rule out any unpleasant side-effects. Patients with liver complications should avoid taking Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's or consult a doctor before using Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's.

Safety Advice

  • Safety Warning

    Alcohol

    Please consult your doctor as it is not known whether alcohol affects the working of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's. However, you are advised to limit or avoid alcohol consumption to prevent unpleasant side-effects.

  • Safety Warning

    Pregnancy

    Consult Your Doctor

    It is not recommended to take Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's while you are pregnant. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns regarding this, your doctor will decide whether Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's can be given to pregnant women or not.

  • Safety Warning

    Breast Feeding

    Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns regarding this, your doctor will decide whether Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's can be given to breastfeeding mothers or not.

  • Safety Warning

    Driving

    Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's does not affect your ability to drive. However, do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you feel dizzy.

  • Safety Warning

    Liver

    Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns regarding this or if you have liver impairment/liver disease before taking Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's.

  • Safety Warning

    Kidney

    Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns regarding this or if you have kidney impairment/kidney disease before taking Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's.

Habit Forming

No

Diet & Lifestyle Advise

  • Antibiotics can alter the useful bacteria in the stomach, which help indigestion. Therefore, you are advised to take foods rich in probiotics such as yoghurt/curd, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, buttermilk, natto and cheese.
  • Eat fibre rich food like whole grains, beans, lentils, berries, broccoli, peas and bananas.
  • Avoid foods rich in calcium, grapefruit and grapefruit juice as they might hinder the absorption of antibiotics.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol to treat your condition effectively.
  • Avoid usage of tobacco.
  • To cure your condition effectually complete the full course of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's even though you find symptomatic relief.

Special Advise

  • Prolonged intake of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's may cause diarrhoea caused by an overgrowth of bacteria known as C. difficile. This can cause mild to severe diarrhoea to life-threatening colitis (colon inflammation).
  • Monitor bleeding time parameters like INR and prothrombin time while using Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's.

Other Information (RIF0073)

This item is Not Returnable.

Expires on or after - Mar-22

Patients Concern

Disease/Condition Glossary

  • Traveller’s diarrhoea: It is an intestinal infection in which there is the passage of unformed stools due to eating or drinking contaminated food or water while travelling. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, bloating, fever, gas, loss of appetite, and the urgent need to poop.
  • Hepatic/liver encephalopathy: It is a decrease in brain function due to liver disease. The liver cannot remove toxins from the body adequately, which results in a buildup of toxins in the blood, thereby leads to brain damage. Symptoms include confusion, forgetfulness, difficulty thinking, low concentration, personality changes, and problems with small hand movements.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): It is a condition which affects the large intestine. Symptoms include abdominal pain, cramps, gas, constipation, and diarrhoea.

FAQs

Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's is bactericidal in nature and works by killing the harmful bacteria that cause infections in the gut or intestine like E coli bacteria. Thereby, helps in treating/preventing the spread of infections and diarrhoea with abdominal pain.

It is recommended to complete the course of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's even if you feel better as it is an antibiotic, and leaving it in between may lead to even severe infection that will, in fact, stop responding to the antibiotic as well (antibiotic resistance).

Do not take Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's on your own as self-medication may lead to antibiotic-resistance in which antibiotics fail to act against specific bacterial infections. Take Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's only if prescribed by a doctor.

Do not take Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's if you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy. Speak to your doctor regarding this, or if you have any concerns, he/she may prescribe an alternate medicine.

Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's may affect blood tests and liver function tests with increased liver enzymes. Inform the person or doctor before performing the tests that you are taking Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's.

For treating traveller’s diarrhoea, Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's is generally prescribed for 3 days. For irritable bowel syndrome, Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's is prescribed for 14 days. However, it is better to take Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's only as prescribed by your doctor.

No, Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's may affect the activity and working of warfarin when taken together. So tell your doctor before using Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's that you are taking a blood thinner (warfarin). Your doctor might adjust the dose of warfarin to maintain the proper blood-thinning effect and prevent drug interaction.

Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), increase in liver enzymes (ALT) and headache are the common side effects of Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's, which might occur in some patients.

PRODUCT SUBSTITUTES

Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's

Manufacturer/Marketer address

Alkem Laboratories Limited, Devashish Building, Alkem House, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai - 400 013.

Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's

Rifakem-550mg Tablet 10's

MRP: 399.00

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