Iodoquinol

Generic Name: iodoquinol (eye-oh-doe-KWIN-ole)
Brand Name: Yodoxin

Iodoquinol is used for:

Treating certain infections of the intestine. It may also be used for certain conditions as determined by your doctor.

Iodoquinol is an amebicide. It works by killing parasites (amoeba) in the intestine.

Do NOT use iodoquinol if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in iodoquinol, 8-hydroxyquinolines (eg, iodoquinol, iodochlorhydroxyquin), or iodine-containing preparations
  • you have liver disease
  • you have an eye disease called optic neuropathy

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using iodoquinol:

Some medical conditions may interact with iodoquinol. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have an eye disease or thyroid disease

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with iodoquinol. However, no specific interactions with iodoquinol are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if iodoquinol may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use iodoquinol:

Use iodoquinol as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Iodoquinol should be taken after meals.
  • You may crush the tablets and mix them in a tablespoon of soft food, such as applesauce or pudding. Swallow the mixture at once and follow with a full glass of water to ensure complete swallowing of the tablet. The mixture should not be stored for future use.
  • To clear up your infection completely, continue taking iodoquinol for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of iodoquinol, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use iodoquinol.

Important safety information:

  • Risk of decreased vision or eye pain or numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in hands or feet may be increased with high doses or long-term use. Do not exceed the recommended dose or take iodoquinol for longer than 20 days without checking with your doctor.
  • It is important to use iodoquinol for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of iodoquinol and may increase the risk that the bacteria will no longer be sensitive to iodoquinol and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other anti-infectives in the future.
  • Iodoquinol may interfere with the results of certain thyroid function tests. These effects may persist for as long as 6 months after you stop taking iodoquinol. Make sure all laboratory personnel and your doctors know that you are taking iodoquinol or have taken it within the past 6 months.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using iodoquinol during pregnancy. It is unknown if iodoquinol is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using iodoquinol, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of iodoquinol:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; nausea; rectal irritation or itching; stomach cramps.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); numbness or tingling of arms or legs; vision changes; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of iodoquinol:

Store iodoquinol between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep iodoquinol out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about iodoquinol, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Iodoquinol is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take iodoquinol or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about iodoquinol. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to iodoquinol. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using iodoquinol.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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