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What is furazolidone?

Furazolidone is no longer available in the United States.

Furazolidone is an antibiotic used to treat diarrhea and other gastrointestinal infections caused by certain bacteria and protozoa, such as cholera and giardiasis. It kills bacteria and protozoa by interfering with the action of enzymes.

Furazolidone is no longer available in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned this drug in 2005 due to concerns about potential side effects including an increased risk of cancer. In other countries, it is available by prescription as a tablet or a liquid. A generic version does not exist.

Furazolidone is marketed under several names including: Diafuran, Diapectolin, Enterar, Enterocodil, Enterotoxon, Furapill, Furazolidon, Furazon, Furion, Furoxane, Furoxona, Furoxone, Giardil, Giarlam, Intefuran, Neo Prodiar, Nifulidone, Nifuran, and Tanoton.

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