Nalidixic Acid - Drug Information

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General Information on Nalidixic Acid

Generic Name : Nalidixic Acid

Pronunciation : nal i dix' ik

Latest prescription information about Nalidixic Acid. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Antibiotics

Why is Nalidixic Acid Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antibiotic, prescribed for urinary tract infections. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

When should Nalidixic Acid not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Nalidixic Acid?

Adults: The recommended dosage for initial therapy in adults is 1g administered four times daily for one or two weeks.

How should Nalidixic Acid be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Nalidixic Acid?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of blood disease, convulsions, who are undergoing cancer chemotherapy, Alzheimer disease, liver, kidney, heart or CNS diseases, any allergies, who are taking other medications, in children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
This medication may cause sunburn more easily. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing.
This medication is not used to treat viral infections.

What are the side effects of Nalidixic Acid?

   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
   Central Nervous System : Muscle pain, confusion, depression, weakness, headache, dizziness, faintness and unusual sensations.
   Allergic reactions : Skin rash, hives and itching.
   Miscellaneous : Joint/muscle pain, jaundice and decrease in platelet counts and tendon rupture.

What are the other precautions for Nalidixic Acid?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Nalidixic Acid?

Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container. Keep away from children. Do not allow the liquid to freeze.


Schedule : H

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