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Alinia (Nitazoxanide) is a medication used to treat diarrhea caused by certain parasites, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Nitazoxanide belongs to the class of drugs called nitrofuran analogues. It works by stopping the growth of the parasite and preventing it from reproducing. Alinia is usually taken for several days, and the dosage may vary depending on the severity of the infection and the age and weight of the patient.

Uses and Dosage

Nitazoxanide tablets should be taken orally with food. It is usually taken with food every 12 hours for 3 days. Take nitazoxanide at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take nitazoxanide exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

The recommended doses of Nitazoxanide tablets may vary based on the patient's age and condition being treated. However, in general, for patients 12 years and older, the recommended dosage is 500mg orally every 12 hours with food for a duration of 3 days. For children younger than 12 years old, the dosages may vary based on their age and body weight.

Side Effect

Common Side Effects of Alinia (Nitazoxanide):

  • Bone, muscle pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Discolored urine
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Urine discoloration

Serious Side Effects of Alinia (Nitazoxanide):

  • Allergic reactions like skin rash
  • Blistering
  • Breathing problems
  • Chills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fast and irregular heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Hives
  • Including inside the mouth
  • Itching or hives
  • Peeling or loosening of the skin
  • Redness
  • Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Tremor
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising
  • Unusually weak or tired

Form and Strength

Alinia (Nitazoxanide) is available in the following forms and strength:

Nitazoxanide: Tablet

  • 200 mg
  • 500 mg


  • Alinia should be used with caution in patients with liver disease or a history of hepatitis.
  • Inform a healthcare provider if pregnant or breastfeeding before taking this medication.
  • Patients with severe diarrhea should be monitored for dehydration and electrolyte imbalances while taking Alinia.
  • Alinia may interact with certain medications, so patients should inform their healthcare provider of any other medications they are taking.
  • Patients with hypersensitivity to nitazoxanide or any of the other ingredients in Alinia should not take this medication.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How should Alinia be stored?

Alinia should be stored at room temperature in a dry place away from moisture and heat. It should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.

Can Alinia be taken with food?

Alinia can be taken with or without food. However, taking it with food may help to reduce certain side effects such as stomach upset.

Can Alinia be used to treat other infections?

Alinia is only approved for treating diarrhea caused by Cryptosporidium and Giardia parasites. It should not be used to treat other types of infections without first consulting with a healthcare provider.

How long does it usually take for Alinia to work?

The duration of treatment and time for symptom relief can vary depending on the severity of the infection and the individual patient.


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