Alinia is an anti-protozoal medicine and is used to treat diarrhea caused by Giardia or Cryptosporidium (protozoa or single-cell parasites that live in moist places such as lakes, and soil). The diarrhea is also called as Traveler’s diarrhea. It is used in patients of 12 years of age and above. Alinia contains the active ingredient as Nitazoxanide which shows antiprotozoal activity. Alinia tablets have not been shown to be effective for the treatment of diarrhea caused by Cryptosporidium in HIV-infected or immunodeficient patients.
The generic form of Alinia is Nitazoxanide and comes from India manufactured by Lupin. It is available in dosage forms of 200 mg, and 500 mg in packaging of 60 tablets.
Stop taking Alinia and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Loss of appetite
• Gas and bloating
• High blood pressure
• Lung disease
Less serious side effects include headache, abdominal pain, rash, urticaria, nausea, discoloured urine. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
It is very important to take Alinia exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Take Alinia with food. Alinia is usually taken once every 12 hours for 3 days. Do not use the medication if you are allergic to Nitazoxanide or any other ingredients in Alinia. Alinia may interact with medications such as warfarin (a blood-thinning agent). Before taking Alinia, inform your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, HIV or AIDS, and a weak immune system. The tablet form of Alinia should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. It is not known whether nitazoxanide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Alinia can lead to dizziness. Do not engage in activities that need quick reactions such as driving or operating heavy machinery, while taking Alinia.