Alinia – Treatment for Diarrhoea
Alinia is prescribed for treatment of diarrhoea. The chemical name for Alinia is
Nitazoxanide. It is generally prescribed when the diarrhoea is cause by intestinal
parasites, like Cryptosporidium parvum or Giardia lamblia.
The Nitazoxanide in Alinia treats diarrhoea caused by parasites or protozoa because
it is an antiprotozoal drug. It is designed to kill the parasites within the intestine
that are causing the diarrhoea and in turn eliminate the diarrhoea. Since this is
the way it works, it is imperative that Alinia be taken exactly as prescribed and
for the length of time it is prescribed. It is important that this medicine be taken
with food. The effectiveness of this drug is largely dependent upon maintaining
a constant level within the system, so maintaining evenly timed dosages is important.
The diarrhoea symptoms may dissipate prior to finishing the prescribed period, but
do not stop taking the medicine, because decreased symptoms do not necessarily indicate
that the parasites have been eliminated.
Side effects from Alinia are not as common as with many other drugs, however, there
are still some potential side effects. Some of these side effects include dizziness,
headache, nausea, abdominal cramping, urine discoloration and dry mouth. Seek immediate
medical attention if any severe allergic reaction symptoms, like difficulty breathing,
swelling in the throat or tongue or hives, are experienced. The effectiveness of
Alinia may be impacted by other medications, including over the counter medicines,
herbal substances, vitamins and minerals, so be sure to discuss these items with
the prescribing doctor. A prescription written by a licensed physician will be required
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