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Diodoquin

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Diodoquin is a brand name for Iodoquinol, an antiprotozoal medicine with a strong action in the treatment of infections caused by protozoal organisms in the human body. Diodoquin is only available for oral administration under the form of tablets.
Diodoquin is typically prescribed for the treatment of patients suffering from infections with protozoal organisms, such as the common intestinal infection known as amebiasis. However, health care professionals may choose to prescribe Diodoquin for the treatment of other similar affections as well. As such, if you would like to obtain more detailed information regarding the reasons you have been prescribed a treatment course with Diodoquin, it is best that you consult with the prescribing health care professional.

Contraindications

Diodoquin may not be employed in the treatment of patients that are suffering from an allergy to Iodoquinol, Chloroxine, Clioquinol, Iodine, Pentaquine, Pamaquine, Primaquine, to other related medications or to any of the ingredients of Diodoquin. If you have a known or suspected hypersensitivity to any of the above, it is best that you consult your prescriber regarding alternative methods of treatment for your affection.
Diodoquin should be employed with caution in the treatment of patients that are also suffering from liver, kidney, thyroid or eye disease. In such patients, the risks of developing side effects may be greater and as such the prescribing health care professional should carefully weigh the risks and benefits of the therapy before deciding upon the best treatment option.

Intake Guidelines

Diodoquin may be taken with food in order to reduce stomach upset. Taking the scheduled doses during or after a meal may help reduce any unwanted gastric irritations. In case the tablets cannot be swallowed whole, you may crush the tablets and take them mixed with applesauce or chocolate syrup.
The Diodoquin therapy may yield an improvement of the symptoms within a few days from the beginning of the treatment. However, it is strongly recommended to continue the treatment for the full duration in order to ensure that the infection has cleared out completely.

Dosage

The exact Diodoquin dosage will vary from one case to another, as it is determined by taking into account a number of case-specific factors. The medical condition that needs to be treated, the patient's general health condition, age, medical history and body weight are examples of such factors. For reference, the average Diodoquin dosage for adult patients suffering from amebiasis is of 630 to 650 mg taken three times daily for a twenty day therapy course. The dosage prescribed to your case may be different. It is strongly recommended to only employ the medication dosage that has been prescribed to you by your health care professional.

Overdose

In the case of an overdose with Diodoquin, it is strongly suggested to contact the nearest poisons center or medical facility, as emergency medical attention may be required. It is advised to do so even if the overdose is only suspected, in order to prevent any possible complications from occurring. In order to prevent becoming affected by an overdose, it is recommended to only use the Diodoquin dosage that has been prescribed to you by your personal health care provider and never attempt to take larger doses of the medication.

Missed Dose

It is best that you consult your personal health care provider and ask for his or her assistance in setting up a proper intake schedule in order to minimize the risks of accidentally missing any doses of Diodoquin. However, in case you happen to miss a dose, it is best to take it as soon as you remember unless another intake of the medicine is almost due. If it is almost time for another dose, it is best that you completely skip the missed dose and continue with your regular medication schedule; consult your personal physician for further advice.

Side Effects

As with all drugs, Diodoquin may cause a number of side effects in some patients. Some of these signs and symptoms are just temporary and will go away as your body becomes adjusted to the medication. Such symptoms as diarrhea, stomach pain and nausea and vomiting are more common, while headaches and rectal itching are less frequently encountered initial side effects.
Other side effects associated with Diodoquin therapy are chills, fever, itching, hives, rashes or swelling of the throat or neck. You should immediately consult with your health care provider if you experience these or any other symptoms of an allergic reaction to the medicine.
Long term use of Diodoquin or usage in high doses may cause a number of more severe side effects. These include, but are not limited to joint and muscle pain, numbness, pain, tingling or weakness in the extremities, vision disturbances, clumsiness, unsteadiness or excessive weakness. These are more common in the case of patients under 18 years of age.

Interactions

Diodoquin may interact with a number of other drugs and medicines. As such, it is best that you consult with your prescriber before starting a therapy course with Diodoquin, and let him or her know of any other drugs you are currently taking (both script and over the counter). It is also recommended to inform the health care professional of any other substances you are consuming on a regular basis (including alcohol, nicotine from cigarettes, minerals, vitamins and nutritional supplements).
If needed, the prescriber may adjust your Diodoquin dosage - however in some cases you may not be able to start a therapy course with Diodoquin. If you would like to obtain further information regarding the possible drug reactions it is best that you consult a pharmacist, a doctor or a nurse.
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