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What is Furazolidone used for?

Furazolidone is used in the treatment of bacterial infections such as diarrhea, enteritis, and giardiasis. It is also used to treat cholera, typhoid fever, and protozoal infections. Furazolidone works by killing bacteria and protozoa in the body.

What is the recommended dosage of Furazolidone?

The dosage of Furazolidone prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Take Furazolidone by mouth. It may be taken with food if stomach upset occurs. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Furazolidone?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Furazolidone medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Furazolidone?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Furazolidone, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Furazolidone?

  • Apraclonidine
  • Bethanidine
  • Brimonidine
  • Bupropion
  • Buspirone
  • Carbamazepine
  • Dextromethorphan

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Furazolidone.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Furazolidone, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Furazolidone can interact with oral diabetes drugs and blood pressure medications.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Furazolidone?

Like other medicines, Furazolidone can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Furazolidone are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Furazolidone cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Furazolidone develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Furazolidone can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach upset, and dizziness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Furazolidone.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Furazolidone?

Is it possible for me to take Furazolidone with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Furazolidone?
What are the possible drug interactions of Furazolidone?
How will Furazolidone work in my body?
How should Furazolidone be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Furazolidone drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Furazolidone is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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