Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea
Adult: 200 mg bid for 10 days.
May be taken with or without food.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ severe C. difficile infection, inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, toxic megacolon), known macrolide allergy. Not indicated for systemic infections. Moderate to severe hepatic and severe renal impairment. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. dyspnoea, pruritus, rash, angioedema of mouth, face and throat).
Nervous: Dizziness, headache.
GI: Nausea, GI haemorrhage, abdominal pain, vomiting, abdominal distention, tenderness, dyspepsia, dysphagia, flatulence, intestinal obstruction, megacolon, anorexia, dysgeusia, constipation.
Hepatic: Increased ALT.
Haematologic: Anaemia, neutropenia.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor for signs and symptoms of hypersensitivity.
Drug Interactions
May diminish the therapeutic effect of Na picosulfate, lactobacillus and estriol. May increase serum concentration of mizolastine. Increased plasma concentration w/ P-gp inhibitor (e.g. ciclosporin).
Description: Fidaxomicin is a macrocyclic antibiotic. It inhibits Clostridium difficile through inhibition of RNA synthesis by binding to RNA polymerase sigma subunit.
Absorption: Poorly absorbed from the GI tract. Time to peak plasma concentration: 1.75 hr.
Distribution: Largely confined to the GI tract.
Metabolism: Undergoes intestinal metabolism via hydrolysis to less active metabolite (OP-1118).
Excretion: Mainly via faeces (>92% as unchanged drug and metabolites); urine (<1% as metabolite). Elimination half-life: Approx 12 hr (fidaxomicin); approx 11 hr (OP-1118).
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Dificid, CID=10034073, (accessed on Jan. 21, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C.
MIMS Class
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