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Rifaclean 550 Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Rifaclean 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.

Rifaclean 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 Rifaclean Tablet

  • Hepatic encephalopathy

Side effects of Rifaclean 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 Rifaclean

  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Vomiting
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Dizziness
    This is usually short-lived and should go away within a few days. If this happens, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Lying still in a dark, quiet room may help reduce the spinning feeling. Sleep with your head slightly raised on two or more pillows. Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Get plenty of rest and try to relax as being anxious can make it worse. Try taking this medicine at bedtime to reduce the symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and ginger tea may also help. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking as it will make you feel worse. Avoid driving or using tools or machinery until you feel better.
  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.

How to use Rifaclean 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. Rifaclean 550 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Rifaclean Tablet works

Rifaclean 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 Rifaclean 550 Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Rifaclean 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
Rifaclean 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
Rifaclean 550 Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Rifaclean 550 Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Rifaclean 550 Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Rifaclean 550 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Rifaclean 550 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Rifaclean Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Rifaclean 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.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
Rifaclean 550 Tablet
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Quick Tips

  • Rifaclean 550 Tablet reduces the risk of overt hepatic encephalopathy (HE) recurrence in patients with liver disease.
  • It may cause reddish discoloration of urine. This is normal and harmless.
  • Stop taking Rifaclean 550 Tablet and inform your doctor if you have severe diarrhea during or after using Rifaclean 550 Tablet.
  • Finish the full course of the medication, even if you feel better.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Rifamycin derivatives
Habit Forming
No

Patient Concerns

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hepatic encephalopathy fro 12 October
Dr. Saurav Arora
Homeopathy
Dear sir as your case is a chronic case it requires long case taking, examination and regular follow up, therefore, please visit a homeopath so that he can examine you and guide you accordingly.
Jaundice liver cirrhosis. Hepatic encephalopathy and ascites not edema with Sodium 107. Can we use tolvaptone?
Dr. Gurpreet Singh
Physician
Sir consult a hepatologist
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FAQs

Q. What does Rifaclean do for the liver?

In liver disease, there is an increased growth of bacteria in the intestine which increases the load of toxins travelling through the body. This further increases the possibility of toxins reaching the brain which can cause abnormal brain function. Rifaclean slows down the growth of bacteria in the gut, decreasing the symptoms in cases of liver disease.

Q. Can Rifaclean cause weight gain?

Usually Rifaclean does not cause weight gain. However, in case you feel there is an increase in weight, you should consult your doctor to determine the reason of weight gain.

Q. Should I take Rifaclean with food?

Yes, Rifaclean can be taken orally with or without food with a glass of water. Take it as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

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References

  1. Briggs GG, Freeman RK, editors. A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk: Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health; 2015. pp. 1215-16.

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