Derifil

Generic Name: chlorophyllin (KLOR oh fil in)
Brand Name: Derifil

What is Derifil (chlorophyllin)?

Chlorophyllin is used as an internal deodorant. It has been used to improve breath odor as well as odors from urine, bowel movements (feces), or wound infections.

Chlorophyllin is used to reduce the odor of bowel movements (feces). It works by preventing bacteria in the intestines from forming odor-producing substances in stools.

Chlorophyllin is intended to improve the quality of life in people who have fecal incontinence due to spinal cord injury, bowel cancer, psychotic disorder, terminal illness, or other disorders. Chlorophyllin is also used by people who have had a colostomy or ileostomy.

Chlorophyllin has also been used in alternative medicine as an antioxidant or anti-inflammatory aid.

Not all uses for chlorophyllin have been approved by the FDA. Chlorophyllin should not be substituted for prescription medications.

Chlorophyllin is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.

Chlorophyllin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Derifil (chlorophyllin)?

Not all uses for chlorophyllin have been approved by the FDA. Chlorophyllin should not be substituted for prescription medications.

Use this medication as directed on the label, or as your doctor has prescribed. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially insulin or diabetes medications you take by mouth, cholesterol-lowering medicines, or drugs that weaken your immune system (such as cancer medicine or steroids).

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Get emergency medical help if you think you have used too much medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using chlorophyllin and call your doctor if you have severe stomach cramps or diarrhea. Chlorophyllin may cause loose stools, but this should be a temporary effect.

Your urine or stools may appear green in color. This is a normal side effect of chlorophyllin and is not cause for concern.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Chlorophyllin can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn skin may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking Derifil (chlorophyllin)?

Before using chlorophyllin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • liver disease;

  • diabetes;

  • cancer; or

  • a weak immune system.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to take chlorophyllin, or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Chlorophyllin may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Derifil (chlorophyllin)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results from this medication.

It may take several days of using this medicine before fecal odor is completely controlled.. For best results, keep using the medication as directed.

Store chlorophyllin at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include severe stomach pain or diarrhea.

What should I avoid while taking Derifil (chlorophyllin)?

Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Chlorophyllin can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn skin may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.

Derifil (chlorophyllin) side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using chlorophyllin and call your doctor if you have severe stomach cramps or diarrhea. Chlorophyllin may cause loose stools, but this should be a temporary effect.

Your urine or stools may appear green in color. This is a normal side effect of chlorophyllin and is not cause for concern.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What other drugs will affect Derifil (chlorophyllin)?

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:

  • insulin or diabetes medications you take by mouth;

  • cholesterol-lowering medicines such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), fluvastatin (Lescol), or cerivastatin (Baycol); or

  • drugs that weaken your immune system (such as cancer medicine or steroids).

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with chlorophyllin. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about chlorophyllin.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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