Brand Name: Alinia
Active Ingredient: nitazoxanide
Strength(s): 100mg/5 ml, 500mg
Dosage Form(s): Oral suspension, Tablets
Company Name: Romark Laboratories, L.C.
Availability: Prescription only
*Date Approved by FDA: November 22, 2002
*Approval by FDA does not mean that the drug is available for consumers at this time.

Alinia is used to treat diarrhea caused by the parasites Cryptosporidium parvum and Giardia lambia. The suspension is indicated for patients 1 year of age and older. The tablets are indicated for patients 12 years of age and older. Safety and effectiveness of Alinia is not known in patient with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), patients with immune problems, or children less than 1.

What should I tell my doctor or healthcare provider?

Tell your healthcare provider if you:

* have diabetes, because Alinia contains sucrose, a type of sugar
* have or had liver problems
* have or had kidney problems
* have or had bile or gallbladder problems

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect how Alinia works or Alinia may affect how your other medicines work.

What are some possible side effects of Alinia? (This is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Alinia. Your healthcare provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)

Some possible side effects with Alinia include:

* abdominal pain
* diarrhea
* vomiting
* headache

When these side effects occur, they are generally mild and go away in a short time.

For more detailed information about Alinia, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.