furazolidone (oral), Furoxone (cont.)

HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth as directed usually four times a day. This medication may be taken with food if stomach upset occurs. For best results, take each dose at evenly spaced intervals around the clock. This will ensure a constant level of medication in your blood. Take this medication for the full time prescribed. Stopping therapy too soon may result in a reinfection.

SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or weakness may occur especially the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects become bothersome or severe, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: a fever, skin rash, itching, muscle aches, flushing, breathing trouble. This medication may cause the urine to turn brown in color. Do not be alarmed. Expect this effect. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: blood disorders (G6PD deficiency), allergies (especially drug allergies). Avoid intake of alcohol during therapy and for 4 days after taking this medication. A reaction causing flushing, fever, chest tightness and breathing difficulties may occur. Use caution performing tasks requiring alertness if this medication makes you feel dizzy. Infants less than one month old should not receive this drug. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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