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Brand Name

Diodoquin

Common Name
iodoquinol


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

01997769 DIODOQUIN 210MG TABLET
01997750 DIODOQUIN 650MG TABLET

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Iodoquinol belongs to the group of medications known as amebicides. These medications are used to treat infections caused by one-celled animals known as protozoa.

Iodoquinol is used most often to treat a condition known as amoebiasis. This infection often has no symptoms except the passage of cysts (a form of the amoeba) in the stool. Some cases of amoebiasis are associated with diarrhea or constipation, flatulence, and cramping abdominal pain. The stools sometimes contain mucus and blood. Relief from the symptoms of amoebiasis usually begins within a week or so of therapy.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

Adults and adolescents over 12: The recommended dose of iodoquinol for adults and adolescents over 12 years is 650 mg 3 times daily for 20 days.

Children 6 to 12: For children 6 to 12 years of age, the recommended dose is 420 mg 3 times a day for 20 days.

Children under 6: For children under 6 years of age, the recommended dose is 40 mg per kilogram of body weight daily divided into 3 equal doses. The dose for this age group should not exceed 1,950 mg in a 24-hour period.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Iodoquinol is taken after meals or with milk to prevent stomach upset. You should take it for the full period of time prescribed, even if you are feeling better. If you stop taking it earlier, reinfection may occur.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Iodoquinol must be taken regularly as prescribed so that levels of the medication in the intestine are always high enough to be effective.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from heat and direct light, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not store iodoquinol in the bathroom or near the kitchen sink, as moisture may cause the medication to break down.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

210 mg
Each tablet contains iodoquinol USP 210 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and povidone.

650 mg
Each tablet contains iodoquinol USP 650 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, lactose anhydrous, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and povidone.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to iodoquinol or any ingredients of this medication
  • are allergic to iodine-containing preparations, or medications in the same chemical family as iodoquinol
  • have liver damage
  • have optic neuropathy (a type of nerve damage in the eye)


 

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