Rifagut 550 Tablet

Introduction

Rifagut 550 Tablet is an antibiotic that treats hepatic encephalopathy, a condition in which the liver fails to remove harmful toxins from the blood, leading to brain damage. Symptoms include agitation, confusion, muscle problems, difficulty in speaking and sometimes, coma.

Rifagut 550 Tablet is also used to treat infectious diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) in adults and children. This medicine can be used alone or in combination with other medicines. It may be taken with or without food, preferably at the same time, each day. It should be used in the dose and duration as advised by the doctor. Take it at the same time each day to get the most benefit and you should keep on taking this medicine for as long as you are prescribed. Stopping it early may make the infection to come back and harder to treat.

Some people may develop side effects like vomiting, headache, dizziness, and nausea. These side effects are usually temporary and go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if these side effects bother you or will not go away. Your urine may become reddish in color due to this medicine. But, it is normal and harmless.

Before starting treatment with this medicine, you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or suffering from any liver, kidney or heart problems or if you are allergic to any medicine.

Uses of Rifagut Tablet

  • Hepatic encephalopathy

Side effects of Rifagut Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Rifagut

  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

How to use Rifagut Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Rifagut 550 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Rifagut Tablet works

Rifagut 550 Tablet is an antibiotic. It works by killing the ammonia-producing bacteria in the digestive tract. This treats your infection and relieves symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy (agitation, confusion, muscle problems). This also helps reduce the recurrence of episodes of hepatic encephalopathy.

Safety Advice

Alcohol

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Rifagut 550 Tablet. Please consult your doctor.

Pregnancy

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Rifagut 550 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.

Breastfeeding

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Rifagut 550 Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.

Driving

SAFE
Rifagut 550 Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.

Kidney

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Rifagut 550 Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Rifagut 550 Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

Liver

CAUTION
Rifagut 550 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Rifagut 550 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Rifagut Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Rifagut 550 Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.