Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Cryptosporidiosis, Giardiasis
Adult: 500 mg 12 hourly for 3 days.
Child: 1-3 years 100 mg 12 hourly; 4-11 years 200 mg 12 hourly for 3 days. >12 years Same as adult dose. All doses to be taken for 3 days.
Should be taken with food.
Oral suspension: Reconstitute with 48 mL of water.
Special Precautions
Patient with HIV and immunodeficiency. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Nervous system disorders: Headache, dizziness.
Renal and urinary disorders: Chromaturia.
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Dyspnoea.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Skin rash, urticaria.
Food Interaction
Increased AUC with food.
Description: Nitazoxanide is an antiprotozoal agent which impairs the anaerobic metabolism of susceptible organisms via the interference of the pyruvate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase (PFOR) enzyme-dependent electron transfer reaction. In vitro, it inhibits the growth of sporozoites and oocysts of Cryptosporidium parvum and the trophozoites of Giardia lamblia.
Absorption: Absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Time to peak plasma concentration: 1-4 hours (as tizoxanide and tizoxanide glucuronide).
Distribution: Plasma protein binding: > 99% (tizoxanide).
Metabolism: Rapidly hydrolysed to tizoxanide (active desacetyl metabolite) which partially undergoes further conjugation, primarily by glucuronidation.
Excretion: Via faeces (approx 67%) and urine (approx 33%). Elimination half-life: 1-1.6 hours (tizoxanide).
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Compound Summary for CID 41684, Nitazoxanide. Accessed Oct. 26, 2020.

Store at 25°C.
MIMS Class
ATC Classification
P01AX11 - nitazoxanide ; Belongs to the class of other agents used in the treatment amoebiasis and other protozoal diseases.
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