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What should I know about Xifaxan before taking it?

Xifaxan treats bacterial infections caused by E.coli. Xifaxan passes through the stomach and can cure intestinal infections. If you have an infection that is caused by a virus, or a bacterial infection in another part of your body, Xifaxan should not be used.

Your doctor may prescribe Xifaxan if you have liver disease. However, if you have severe liver disease, or diarrhea that is watery, bloody, or accompanied by a fever, you may not be able to take Xifaxan. Xifaxan should not be used in children under age 12. Xifaxan may harm a developing fetus or a nursing baby.

Take all of your medicine at the same time every day even when you begin to feel better. When you are taking Xifaxan, do not take anti-diarrhea medicine. If your symptoms do not improve within 24 hours or if they get worse, call your doctor.

You should not take Xifaxan if you are allergic to it or to medicines containing rifaximin, rifabutin, rifampin, or rifapentine. Tell your doctor about all other medications, supplements, or herbs you are taking while on Xifazan, as some may interact, particularly other antibiotics.

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