Dificid (Fidaxomicin)

General Information

Dificid (Fidaxomicin) is used for the treatment of a severe intestinal condition. It is called Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. It usually happens due to a type of resistant bacteria. It may rarely occur after taking antibiotics. Some symptoms may include:

  • Stomach or abdominal pain or cramping
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Mucus or blood in your stool

How does Dificid (Fidaxomicin) work?

Dificid (Fidaxomicin) is a bactericidal-type antibiotic. It inhibits RNA polymerase sigma subunit. It is responsible for transcription in the bacteria. Therefore, this medication will inhibit protein synthesis. This also helps to stop the growth of these resistant bacteria.

This antibiotic works in the intestine and not absorbed by your body. The effect of this drug usually starts within a few days after you start taking it.

Why use Dificid (Fidaxomicin)?

Dificid (Fidaxomicin) is known as a macrolide antibiotic. Each tablet of this product has a strength of 200 mg. It also contains Fidaxomicin as an active ingredient. The tablets are film-coated for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How to use Dificid (Fidaxomicin)?

Dificid (Fidaxomicin) is to be taken by mouth usually twice a day. The tablet is to be taken every 12 hours. You may buy and take it with or without a prescription or food. Take it with a full glass of water. Swallow the tablet as a whole do not chew or break it.

Remember to take it at the same time each day. The recommended dosage is based on your condition and response to the treatment. Continue taking the tablet until the prescription is finished. Stopping the medication suddenly may result in a return of the infection.

What are the side-effects of Dificid (Fidaxomicin)?

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Skin rash or itching

Call for medical help if there are signs of an allergic reaction:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your tongue, lips, face, or throat
  • Hives

Warnings and Precautions

  • This drug should only be used to treat this type of intestinal bacterial infection.
  • This antibiotic will not work for other types of infections like viral infections.
  • Tell your doctor if you had an allergic reaction to this drug.
  • Inform your doctor if you have current medications.
  • To avoid some complications, do not take this drug more than the prescription.
  • Let your doctor know if your condition persists or worsens.
  • Keep this at a dry and clean place away from heat and moisture.