Alinia Nitazoxanide and/or alternatives
Nitazoxanide 500mgGeneric Alternative to Alinia 500mg
Marketed as Nizonide in India Manufacturer: Lupin Pharma Source Country : India
Shipped from : India
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Description of Alinia
The drug Alinia is generally used for the treatment of diarrhea caused by certain protozoa called Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum, medical conditions that are also referred to as travelers’ diarrhea. One can buy Alinia for both children and adults. Alinia is primarily an antiprotozoal agent. The generic name of the drug is nitazoxanide.
The inactive ingredients of Alinia are xanthan gum, sodium benzoate, carboxymethyl cellulose sodium, sodium citrate dihydrate and sugar syrup. It is best to consult a doctor for the full list of inactive components.
Indications & Dosage of Alinia
Alinia is indicated mainly for travelers’ diarrhea which is caused by protozoa Giardia lamblia and cryptosporidium parvum. It may also be prescribed for certain other medical conditions.
Alinia is available at drugstores in only one strength-Alinia 500mg. The amount administered should be according to the doctor’s prescription. Altering the dosage may lead to several health problems, sometimes requiring medical attention.
The drug should be taken with food. It is advisable to measure the amount to be administered with the help of a dropper or dose-measuring spoon or a regular cup. Also, before use, the suspension should be shaken well. One should talk to a doctor regarding the purchase of any dose measuring device. Alinia should be properly stored at room temperature for 7 days. Any unused amount left after that period should be discarded.
Side effects & Interactions
People who buy Alinia should be aware of the certain side effects they might experience after using the drug. Some side effects are quite minor in nature and do not really cause much harm. These side effects tend to be temporary. Some of the minor side effects of Alinia use are as follows:
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Dizziness and headaches;
- Mild pain in the abdominal region
The aforementioned side effects are minor, but with the use of Alinia, certain side effects may be experienced that are more severe in nature. Urgent medical attention is required in case any of the following is experienced:
- Breathing difficulties;
- Swelling of the tongue, face, lips and other parts of the body;
- Problems with the throat;
- Other types of allergies
Along with the side effects, drug interactions are also possible. Drug interactions occur when multiple substances with conflicting characteristics are taken simultaneously. A doctor should be consulted before taking any other medication (both prescription and non-prescription) along with Alinia. Certain herbal products, vitamins and minerals should be avoided when taking Alinia.
Warnings & Precautions of Alinia
Before using Alinia, patients must take certain precautions. People who have kidney and/or liver problems should speak to a doctor before taking the drug. People with problems of the immune system or HIV should be careful too. Alinia is a pregnancy category B drug, which means it is harmless to pregnant women. However, breastfeeding women may be affected by the drug since it may or may not pass into breast milk and affect a nursing child. Consulting the doctor is of prime importance before deciding to take Alinia.