Diiodohydroxyquinoline/Metronidazole or metronidazole benzoate Uses

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Consists of diiodohydroxyquinoline, Metronidazole or metronidazole benzoate

What is Diiodohydroxyquinoline?

Treating certain infections of the intestine. It may also be used for certain conditions as determined by your doctor.

Diiodohydroxyquinoline is an amebicide. It works by killing parasites (amoeba) in the intestine.

Diiodohydroxyquinoline indications

An indication is a term used for the list of condition or symptom or illness for which the medicine is prescribed or used by the patient. For example, acetaminophen or paracetamol is used for fever by the patient, or the doctor prescribes it for a headache or body pains. Now fever, headache and body pains are the indications of paracetamol. A patient should be aware of the indications of medications used for common conditions because they can be taken over the counter in the pharmacy meaning without prescription by the Physician.
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used to treat infections caused by protozoa (tiny, one-celled animals). Iodoquinol is used most often in the treatment of an intestinal infection called amebiasis.

How should I use Diiodohydroxyquinoline?

There are specific as well as general uses of a drug or medicine. A medicine can be used to prevent a disease, treat a disease over a period or cure a disease. It can also be used to treat the particular symptom of the disease. The drug use depends on the form the patient takes it. It may be more useful in injection form or sometimes in tablet form. The drug can be used for a single troubling symptom or a life-threatening condition. While some medications can be stopped after few days, some drugs need to be continued for prolonged period to get the benefit from it.

Use Diiodohydroxyquinoline as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Diiodohydroxyquinoline should be taken after meals.
  • You may crush the tablets and mix them in a tablespoon of soft food, such as applesauce or pudding. Swallow the mixture at once and follow with a full glass of water to ensure complete swallowing of the tablet. The mixture should not be stored for future use.
  • To clear up your infection completely, continue taking Diiodohydroxyquinoline for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Diiodohydroxyquinoline, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Diiodohydroxyquinoline.

Diiodohydroxyquinoline description

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Diiodohydroxyquinoline, also known as uidoquinol, is a quinoline derivative that can be used in the treatment of amoebiasis. The exact mechanism of action is unknown. Iodoquinol is not currently available in any FDA-approved products.

What other drugs will affect Diiodohydroxyquinoline?

Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with iodoquinol, especially:

  • vigabatrin.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with iodoquinol, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Diiodohydroxyquinoline side effects

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What are the possible side effects of Diiodohydroxyquinoline?

Applies to iodoquinol: oral tablet

As well as its needed effects, iodoquinol (the active ingredient contained in Diiodohydroxyquinoline) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking iodoquinol, check with your doctor immediately:

Less common:

  • Fever or chills
  • skin rash, hives, or itching
  • swelling of neck
With long-term use of high doses - especially in children
  • Blurred vision or any change in vision
  • clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • decreased vision or eye pain
  • increased weakness
  • muscle pain
  • numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in hands or feet

Minor Side Effects

Some iodoquinol side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common:

  • Diarrhea
  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach pain
Less common:
  • Headache
  • itching of the rectal area

Diiodohydroxyquinoline contraindications

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What is the most important information I should know about Diiodohydroxyquinoline?

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Hypersensitivity to any 8-hydroxy-quinoline or iodine-containing preparations, hepatic damage and pre-existing optic neuropathy

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