Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet


Overview

Uses of Bicox Tablet
Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet is used in the treatment of tuberculosis.
Bicox Tablet side effects
Common
  • Dark colored urine
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Fever
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Nausea
  • Peripheral neuropathy (tingling and numbness of feet and hand)
How to use Bicox 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. Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet is to be taken empty stomach.
Avoid Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet with tyramine-rich food such as cheese, smoked fish, meats and some types of beer.
How Bicox Tablet works
Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet is a combination of two antibiotics: Rifampicin and Isoniazid which treat tuberculosis (TB). Rifampicin works by inactivating a bacterial enzyme (RNA-polymerase) which is required by TB bacteria to make essential proteins and to reproduce. Isoniazid prevents these bacteria from forming their own protective covering. Together, they kill the bacteria and eradicate the infection.
Bicox Tablet related warnings
Alcohol
CAUTION
Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet may cause symptoms such as flushing, increased heartbeat, nausea, thirst, chest pain and low blood pressure with alcohol (Disulfiram reactions).
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
SAFE
Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet is safe to use during lactation. Human studies have shown that either the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in significant amount or is not expected to cause toxicity to the baby.
Driving
Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet can cause fits, mental health problems and optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve that may cause loss of vision.) This may affect your driving ability.
Kidney
CAUTION
Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

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Expert Advice

  • You have been prescribed Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet for the treatment of tuberculosis.
  • Finish the full course of the medication, even if you feel better. Stopping the course early increases the risk of coming back of the infection.
  • Take it on an empty stomach, preferably at the same time everyday.
  • It may discolour your urine, sweat, saliva and tears a reddish-orange colour. This is normal and not harmful.
  • Your doctor may check your liver function before starting treatment and regularly thereafter. Inform your doctor if you notice yellowing of eyes or skin, dark urine, or stomach pain.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet as this may increase the risk of side effects on the liver.
  • Use an alternative or additional contraceptive method (such as condoms or a diaphragm) to prevent pregnancy while you are taking Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet as it may make hormonal contraceptives such as the pill less effective.
  • Do not take indigestion remedies (antacids)  within at least two hours of taking Bicox 450mg/300mg Tablet.

User Feedback


FAQs

Q. What are the instructions for storage and disposal of Bicox?
Keep this medicine in the container or pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it at as mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose off the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children, and other people.<br><br><br>"
Q. What is Bicox?
Bicox is a combination of two medicines: Rifampicin and Isoniazid. It is used in the treatment of tuberculosis. Rifampicin works by inactivating a bacterial enzyme (RNA-polymerase) which is required by tuberculosis bacteria to make essential proteins and to reproduce. Isoniazid prevents the tuberculosis causing bacteria from forming their own protective covering. Together, they kill the bacteria and eradicate the infection.
Q. What is the most important information I should know about the Bicox?
Take the proper course of drug that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Avoid alcohol while taking this medicine as it increases the risk of damage to your liver during treatment. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience vision changes, loss of appetite, tiredness, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, yellow skin or eyes or dark-colored urine.
Q. Which is the best time to take Bicox?
Take the Bicox exactly as directed by your doctor. It is best to take the medicine on an empty stomach one hour before or two hours after meals.
Q. Does Bicox cause change in urine color/turn urine orange?
Yes, the Bicox can cause change in color of your urine (skin, sweat, saliva, tears and feces) to brownish-red or orange. This effect is not harmful.
Q. Does the use of Bicox make birth control pills ineffective?
Yes, Bicox can make birth control pills less effective. Ask the doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking Bicox.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 8th Mar 2017.
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