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alcohol
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There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Saflab kit is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
WEIGH RISKS VS. BENEFITS
Saflab kit is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.
UNSAFE

SALT INFORMATION FOR SAFLAB

Secnidazole(1000 mg)

Uses

Secnidazole is used in the treatment of diarrhoea and bacterial infections

How it works

Secnidazole is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria that cause infections.

Common side effects

Altered taste, Vomiting, Urticaria, Angioedema (swelling of deeper layers of skin), Nausea, Bitter taste, Skin irritation, Coating on tongue, Dry skin, Stomatitis, Glossitis, Epigastric pain
Fluconazole(150 mg)

Uses

Fluconazole is used in the treatment of fungal infections

How it works

Fluconazole stops the growth of fungus by preventing them from making their protective covering.

Common side effects

Rash, Electrolyte imbalance, Headache, Blisters on skin, Dizziness, Convulsion, Facial swelling, Shortness of breath, Sleepiness, Yellow discoloration of eye, Vomiting, Weakness, Allergic reaction, Nausea, Dry mouth, Abdominal pain, Loss of appetite, Dyspepsia, Yellow discoloration of skin, Fatigue, Anorectal pain, Increased liver enzymes, Fever, Hypokalemic (decreased potassium level in blood) alkalosis, Itching, Influenza like symptoms, Bleeding, Diarrhoea, Heartburn, Decreased appetite, Dark colored urine, Skin rash, Altered taste, Urticaria, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Bruise, Flatulence, Constipation
Azithromycin(1000 mg)

Uses

Azithromycin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections and bacterial skin infections

How it works

Azithromycin is an antibiotic. It stops the bacterial growth by inhibiting synthesis of essential proteins, which are required by bacteria to carry out vital functions.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Diarrhoea, Gastrointestinal pain, Headache
Lactobacillus(60 millionspores)

Uses

Lactobacillus is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, infectious diarrhoea and diarrhoea associated with antibiotics

How it works

Lactobacillus is a live micro-organism, when given in adequate amount, provides health benefits. It restores the balance of good bacteria (microorganisms) in the intestine that may get upset with the use of antibiotics or due to intestinal infections.

Common side effects

Flatulence, Bloating

SUBSTITUTES FOR SAFLAB

No substitutes found

Expert advice FOR SAFLAB

  • Secnidazole must be taken preferably just before food.
  • Do not take alcohol during treatment with secnidazole as it may cause worsen the side effects.
  • Inform you doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the drug shouldn’t be taken in first trimester and during breastfeeding.
  • If you are suffering from trichomoniasis, your partner should also receive the same treatment concomitantly.

Frequently asked questions FOR SAFLAB

Secnidazole

Q.

What does secnidazole treat/cure?
Secnidazole is used to treat intestinal amoebiasis (infection of the intestinal), hepatic amoebiasis (infection of the liver), urthritis (infection of the urethra) and vaginitis (infection of the vagina) caused by Trichomonas vaginalis and giardiasis (parasitic infections)

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How does secnidazole work?
Secnidazole is an antiinfective drug that belongs to a class of medicine called nitroimidazole. It works by inhibiting energy production of the disease/infection causing microorganism thereby killing them

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How long does secnidazole take to work?
It takes 3 hours for secnidazole to reach it's peak serum concentration. So, maximum time taken to work is around 3 hours

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Does secnidazole contain sulphur?
No, secnidazole does not contain sulphur.

Fluconazole

Q.

Are fluconazole/ Flucos 150/Zocon kit/ Forcan/Syscan150 safe?
Yes, fluconazole (also available Flucos 150/Zocon kit/ Forcan/Syscan150) is safe, if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.

Is fluconazole a steroid?
No, fluconazole is not a steroid. It belongs to bis-triazole class of antifungal agents

Q.

Can fluconazole be used for conditions such as UTI (urinary tract infections), BV (bacterial vaginosis), ring worms, bladder infections?
Fluconazole can be taken in fungal infections of the urinary tract, which themselves are rare. Fluconazole is not recommended in BV (bacterial vaginosis), ring worms and bladder infections

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Can fluconazole be taken with oral contraceptives or birth control pills?
Yes, fluconazole can be taken with contraceptives and birth control pills

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Can fluconazole be taken with drugs such as azithromycin and metronidazole?
Yes, fluconazole can be safely taken with azithromycin and metronidazole. A combination kit with agents of similar class is available for vaginal infections

Q.

Can fluconazole cause hair loss?
No, fluconazole does not cause hair loss. However, if you experience such side effects, please consult your doctor.

Azithromycin

Q.

Is azithromycin an antibiotic?
Yes, azithromycin is an antibiotic. It belongs to a class of antibiotics known as macrolides. It can be used to treat bacterial sinusitis, tonsillitis, ear infections, pneumonia and many other if caused by micro-organisms sensitive to azithromycin. It should be taken only when prescribed by a doctor.

Q.

Is azithromycin used for treating a cold and sore throat?
Azithromycin is used to treat cold and sore throat only if there is an underlying bacterial infection present. Please consult your doctor before taking azithromycin in these conditions.

Q.

Is azithromycin and erythromycin the same?
No, azithromycin and erythromycin are two different antibiotics but belong to the same class of antibiotics. They differ in their action against different bacteria.

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Is azithromycin safe?
Azithromycin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

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Is azithromycin safe during lactation (breastfeeding)?
Azithromycin is secreted in breast milk. The adverse effects of azithromycin on the breastfed child are not known. So, breastfeeding should be stopped while taking azithromycin. It is recommended to discard the milk during the treatment and up till 2 days after discontinuation of azithromycin.

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Is azithromycin good for tonsillitis?
Azithromycin can be used for the treatment of tonsillitis. However, there are antibiotics which are preferred over azithromycin for its treatment. Please consult your doctor before taking any antibiotics for tonsillitis.

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Is azithromycin banned?
No, azithromycin is not a banned medicine. However, it is available on prescription by a physician.

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Can azithromycin be used to treat a fever?
Fever is a symptom due to an underlying infection which could be either bacterial, viral or fungal. Please take advice from your physician before taking any antibiotic for fever as it is important to identify the type of infection causing fever.

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Is azithromycin used for urinary tract infection (UTI)?
Azithromycin is not recommended for the treatment of urinary tract infection (UTI). Please consult your doctor before taking any antibiotics for the treatment of UTI.

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Is azithromycin good for acne?
Azithromycin can be used for the treatment of acne. Clinical studies have shown a good efficacy of azithromycin in the treatment of acne. However, it is always advised that you should consult to your physician before taking any antibiotics for your infections.

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Is azithromycin safe in pregnancy?
Safety of azithromycin could not be established during pregnancy as sufficient information is not available for its use during pregnancy. So, it is advisable not to use azithromycin during pregnancy until considered absolutely necessary by your physician.

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Can I take azithromycin with milk?
Yes, azithromycin can be taken with milk as it is recommended to take azithromycin with or without food.

Q.

Can I take azithromycin with paracetamol?
Azithromycin can be taken with paracetamol as no drug interactions have been clinically observed between the two medicines. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

Q.

Can I take azithromycin with omeprazole?
Azithromycin can be taken with omeprazole as no interactions have been clinically observed between the two medicines. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can i take azithromycin with ibuprofen?
Azithromycin can be taken with ibuprofen as no interactions have been clinically observed between the two medicines. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take azithromycin with esomeprazole?
Azithromycin can be taken with esomeprazole as no drug interactions have been clinically observed between the two medicines. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

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Can I take azithromycin with birth control pills (oral contraceptives)
No interactions have been clinically observed between azithromycin and birth control pills (oral contraceptives). However, this does not mean interactions cannot occur. Please talk to your doctor if you have been advised to take azithromycin and you are already taking birth control pills (oral contraceptives).

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Does azithromycin treat a cough?
No, azithromycin cannot treat a cough. Cough is a symptom which represents an underlying disease or an infection. Azithromycin can help in relieving cough only if it would be effective in treating the underlying infection. Please talk to your doctor before taking any medicine for your cough.

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Does azithromycin affect sperm?
Azithromycin has not been reported to affect sperms.

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Does azithromycin cause drowsiness?
No, azithromycin does not cause drowsiness. Please consult your doctor if you experience drowsiness while taking azithromycin.

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Does azithromycin cause diarrhea?
Diarrhea (loose stools) is a very common side effect of azithromycin. Please consult your doctor if you experience excessive diarrhea while taking azithromycin.

Q.

Does azithromycin affect fertility?
Azithromycin is not known to affect fertility in humans. Inadequate data is available for humans. Please consult your doctor if you have concerns regarding the same.

Q.

Can I take azithromycin for throat infection caused by streptococcus?
Yes, azithromycin can be taken for throat infection caused by streptococcus. However, this an alternative medicine for the same. There are other antibiotics available which could be more effective in the treatment of streptococcal throat infections. Please take the advice from your doctor before taking any antibiotics.

Q.

Can I take azithromycin for a toothache (tooth pain)?
Azithromycin would be helpful in a toothache (tooth pain) only when there is an underlying infection which is causing the pain. Please talk to your doctor before taking azithromycin or any other antibiotic for relief of a tooth pain.

Q.

Can I take azithromycin for the flu?
No, azithromycin is not recommended for the treatment of flu (influenza infection). Please consult your doctor if you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of flu (influenza infection) before taking any medicines including antibiotics like azithromycin as this is a viral infection and taking any antibiotics would not help in this condition.

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Can I take azithromycin for a sinus infection?
Yes, azithromycin can help to treat a bacterial sinus infection. However, as always advisable, antibiotics should only be taken only when the infection is properly diagnosed by the doctor and then antibiotics are taken as advised.

Q.

Can I take azithromycin for yeast infection?
Azithromycin is an antibiotic (works against a bacterial infection). It does not have any action against the yeast (fungal) infection.

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Can I take azithromycin for chlamydia?
Yes, azithromycin can be taken for chlamydial infection. However, it is always advisable to take antibiotics only when recommended by a doctor, in the doses advised.

Q.

Can I take azithromycin for tooth infection?
Azithromycin can be taken to treat tooth infection. However, it is always advisable to take antibiotics only when recommended by a doctor to treat the infection.

Lactobacillus

Q.

Is lactobacillus/Lactobacillus acidophilus vegan/ dairy free?
Some products of lactobacillus/Lactobacillus acidophilus contain dairy products and may not be suitable for vegans. Please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use

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Is lactobacillus good or bad/pathogenic?
Lactobacillus is a group of ‘good' bacteria that provide several health benefits. It is not among the disease causing (pathogenic) bacteria

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Is lactobacillus and Lactobacillus acidophilus same?
Lactobacillus acidophilus is a species of lactobacillus bacteria. Their role as a probiotic in the maintenance of good health is the same

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Is lactobacillus gram negative?
Lactobacillus is a gram positive bacteria

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Is lactobacillus motile?
Certain species or strains of lactobacillus are motile

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Is Lactobacillus acidophilus good for yeast infections/can I take Lactobacillus acidophilus for yeast infections?
Yes. Lactobacillus has been regarded beneficial in the treatment of yeast infections of the vagina

Q.

Can I take Lactobacillus acidophilus for bad breath?
The benefits of Lactobacillus acidophilus in improving bad breath have not been established

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How long can I take acidophilus for?
The duration of treatment with lactobacillus/Lactobacillus acidophilus depends upon the condition being treated and is decided by the doctor

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Can you take lactobacillus with antibiotics?
Concomitant use of lactobacillus with antibiotics can lower its effectiveness. Products containing lactobacillus should be taken at least 2 hours before or after antibiotics

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Does lactobacillus cause/produce gas?
Yes. Gas and bloating is a side effect of lactobacillus. In most cases these mild side effects subside with continued use

Q.

Does lactobacillus cause UTI?
Lactobacillus is not known to cause urinary tract infections (UTI)

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Does Lactobacillus casei contain casein?
Lactobacillus casei is one of the species of lactobacillus and is used a probiotic. Some products of lactobacillus contain dairy products and may contain casein. Please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use

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Does lactobacillus create CO2/produce alcohol?
Yes. Lactobacillus may produce carbon dioxide gas and alcohol as a part of its normal cellular process (metabolism)

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Does Lactobacillus acidophilus need to be refrigerated?
Dairy based Lactobacillus acidophilus products may need refrigeration. Please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand for instructions.

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Content on this page was last updated on 03 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)