Dificid (Fidaxomicin) is used to treat diarrhea caused by an infection with Clostridium difficile. Fidaxomicin belong to the class of medications called macrolide antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria in the intestines but it is not absorbed by your body. Dificid will not work for other types of infections including viral infections. This medication is usually taken with or without food twice daily.
The brand Dificid is available from United Kingdom (Dificlir)by Astellas Pharma and from Canada by Merck. There is no generic available for this medication. Dificid is available in the strength of 200 mg tablets only.
The common side effects of Dificid may include bloating, diarrhea, gas, itching, nausea, skin rash and vomiting.
Inform your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects such as:
• Black, tarry or bloody stools;
• Signs of infection;
• Unusual tiredness;
• Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Dificid if you are allergic to Fidaxomicin or if you are allergic to other macrolide antibiotics or if you have any other allergies. Before you start using this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. Dificid should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding.
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