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What is Nalidixic Acid used for?

Nalidixic Acid is an antibacterial medicine used to treat urinary tract infections caused by certain bacteria. It belongs to the group of medicines known as quinolone antibiotics. This drug works by killing the bacteria in the urinary tract and preventing their growth. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Nalidixic Acid?

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

Take Nalidixic Acid with a full glass of water.

What if you miss a dose of Nalidixic Acid?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Nalidixic Acid 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 Nalidixic Acid?

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

What other drugs could interact with Nalidixic Acid?

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

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 Nalidixic Acid, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Nalidixic Acid can interact with certain live vaccines.

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 Nalidixic Acid?

Like other medicines, Nalidixic Acid can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Nalidixic Acid 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 Nalidixic Acid cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Nalidixic Acid develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

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

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Nalidixic Acid?

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


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 Nalidixic Acid is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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