Proper Use

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Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

It is important to take nitazoxanide with food.

It is very important to shake the oral suspension for of the medicine well before measuring each dose.

For the oral suspension dosage form: Use a specially marked measuring syringe or spoon to measure each dose accurately. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid.

  • For oral dosage form (oral suspension):
    • For treatment of diarrhea caused by protozoal infections
      • Adults and adolescents—Ages 12 years or older: 25 milliliters (mL) every 12 hours for 3 days.
      • Children—Ages 12 to 47 months: 5 milliliters (mL) every 12 hours for 3 days.
      • Children—Ages 4 to 11 years: 10 milliliters (mL) every 12 hours for 3 days.
  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For treatment of diarrhea caused by protozoal infections
      • Adults and adolescents—Ages 12 years or older: 500 milligrams (mg) every 12 hours for 3 days.
      • Children—Ages 11 months or younger: Tablet dosage form is not for use in children.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

The suspension may be stored for 7 days. Any unused suspension must be disposed of after 7 days.