Normagut

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Uses

What is Normagut used for?

Normagut is a medication that contains the probiotic yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii. As a probiotic, it is intended to support the health of the gastrointestinal system. S. boulardii is a nonpathogenic or “good” germ that helps restore and support the normal flora of the gut.

Probiotics are not meant to be used as monotherapy for any disease, however, human trials have shown that probiotic supplementation can prevent and buffer some of the undesirable side effects that antibiotic therapy can cause.

Normagut is mainly indicated to treat the following conditions:

  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Antibiotic-associated diarrhea
  • Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea
  • Maintenance and restoration of the gut’s normal flora

How should I take Normagut?

Normagut is available as an oral capsule. The oral capsule should be taken by mouth without chewing or crushing. The capsule may be opened and mixed with a glass of water or juice, if necessary. This medication can be taken with or without food.

How do I store Normagut?

This drug should be stored at room temperature (<30°C) and be protected from light. Do not allow this product to freeze. Always check the label before using this product. For safety, keep out of the reach of children and pets.

Do not use if the printed expiration date has passed, the product seal has been broken, or the product has changed in color, odor, or consistency.

Do not dispose of this product by pouring it down the drain, toilet, or into the environment. Ask your pharmacist regarding the proper way and location of disposal.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Normagut?

Before using this drug, you may notice that:

  • Adults. Saccharomyces boulardii is likely safe for most adults when taken by mouth for up to 15 months. It can cause gas in some people. Rarely, it might cause fungal infections that can spread through the bloodstream to the entire body (fungemia).
  • Children. Saccharomyces boulardii is possibly safe for children when taken by mouth appropriately. However, diarrhea in children should be evaluated by a healthcare professional before using S. boulardii.
  • Weakened immune system. There is some concern that critically ill people, people who have a weakened immune system, and people who are taking medicines that alter the immune system might have an increased risk for developing a yeast infection that spreads to the bloodstream and the rest of the body (fungemia) if they take S. boulardii. Although Saccharomyces generally don’t cause disease, there have been numerous cases of fungemia following its use, primarily in people with a weakened immune system.
  • Yeast allergy. People with yeast allergy can be allergic to products containing S. boulardii, and are best advised to avoid these products.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Side effects

What should I know before using Normagut?

Probiotics are only meant to supplement conventional therapies and should not be used alone when symptoms of diarrhea are already being experienced. It may be taken as a preventative measure in susceptible patients.

Because S. boulardii is a yeast or fungus, concomitant therapy to treat systemic fungal infections may negate the effects of Normagut.

Before using this medication, inform your doctor if:

  • You have ever had an allergic reaction to Normagut or other probiotics
  • You have a history of allergy to other medications, food, or other substances
  • You are taking other medications, especially antibiotics
  • You have underlying health conditions, especially lowered or compromised immunity

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

This medication is generally safe to take at any time, as the probiotics do not enter the systemic circulation. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.

This drug is not known to be excreted in breast milk. This drug may be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Normagut?

This drug may interact with other medications. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.

Known drugs and their interactions with Normagut include:

  • Antibiotics (oral, parenteral)
  • Antifungal (oral, parenteral, suppositories)

If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication. Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan. Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.

Does food or alcohol interact with Normagut?

The absorption rate is not affected by food intake, so this medication can be taken with or without meals. This medication does not have any significant interaction with alcohol.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.

What health conditions may interact with Normagut?

This drug should be taken with caution if you have any of the following conditions or risk factors:

  • Immunocompromised state
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Existing infection
    • Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy
    • Chronic use of corticosteroids

Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Normagut.

What is the dose of Normagut for an adult?

Take 1 capsule one to two times per day.

What is the dose of Normagut for a child?

Children age 2 to 12 years: 1 capsule one to two times per day. If the child is unable to swallow the capsule whole, the capsule may be opened, and the contents mixed with a glass of water or juice. Ensure that your child finishes the entire glass of the solution.

How is Normagut available?

This drug is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Oral capsule 250 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

Overdose is unlikely to occur while taking this medication. In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room. Management is symptomatic treatment. Convulsions should be treated with IV diazepam.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of this drug, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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