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XIFAXANTA 200 mg film-coated tablets
One film-coated tablet contains:
Rifaximin 200 mg.
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.
Pink, circular biconvex film-coated tablets, with “AW” embossed on one side.
Xifaxanta 200mg film-coated tablets are indicated for the treatment of travellers' diarrhoea that is not associated with any of :
Eight or more unformed stools in the previous 24 h
Occult blood or leucocytes in the stool.
Xifaxanta 200mg film-coated tablets may shorten the duration of diarrhoea when this is associated with non-invasive strains of E.coli (see sections 4.4 and 5.1).
200 mg every 8 hours for three days (total 9 doses).
Rifaximin must not be used for more than 3 days even if symptoms continue and a second course of treatment must not be taken (see section 4.4).
Rifaximin can be administered with or without food
The safety and efficacy of Xifaxanta 200 mg film-coated tablets in children (aged less than 18 years) have not been established
No dosage adjustment is necessary as the safety and efficacy data of Xifaxanta 200 mg film-coated tablets showed no differences between the elderly and the younger patients.
A dosage adjustment for patients with hepatic insufficiency is not necessary (see section 5.2).
Although dosing change is not anticipated, caution should be used in patients with impaired renal function (see section 5.2).
Method of administration
Orally with a glass of water.
Hypersensitivity to the active substance, to any rifamycin (e.g. rifampicin or rifabutin) or to any of the excipients (listed in section 6.1).
Cases of intestinal obstruction.
Clinical data have shown that rifaximin is not effective in the treatment of travellers' diarrhoea caused by invasive enteric pathogens such as Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella spp. and Shighella , which typically produce dysentery-like diarrhoea characterised by fever, blood in the stool and high stool frequency.
If symptoms worsen treatment with rifaximin should be interrupted.
If symptoms have not resolved after 3 days of treatment, or recur shortly afterwards, a second course of rifaximin should not be administered.
Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea (CDAD) has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including rifaximin. The potential association of rifaximin treatment with CDAD and pseudomembranous colitis (PMC) cannot be ruled out.
Patients should be informed that despite the negligible absorption of the drug (less than 1%), like all rifamycin derivatives, rifaximin may cause a reddish discolouration of the urine.
Caution should be exercised when concomitant use of rifaximin and a P-glycoprotein inhibitor such as ciclosporin is needed (see section 4.5).
Both decreases and increases in international normalized ratio (in some cases with bleeding events) have been reported in patients maintained on warfarin and prescribed rifaximin. If co-administration is necessary, the international normalized ratio should be carefully monitored with the addition or withdrawal of treatment with rifaximin. Adjustments in the dose of oral anticoagulants may be necessary to maintain the desired level of anticoagulation (see section 4.5).
This medicine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per tablet, that is to say essentially 'sodium-free'.
Xifaxanta 200 mg film-coated tablets are not recommended for use in children (<18 years old).
There is no experience regarding administration of rifaximin to subjects who are taking another rifamycin antibacterial agent to treat a systemic bacterial infection.
In vitro data show that rifaximin did not inhibit the major cytochrome P-450 (CYP) drug metabolizing enzymes (CYPs1A2, 2A6, 2B6, 2C8, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, 2E1, and 3A4).
In vitro data show that rifaximin did not induce CYP1A2 and CYP 2B6 but is a weak inducer of the CYP3A4 isoenzyme of the P450 cytochrome.
In healthy subjects, clinical drug interaction studies demonstrated that rifaximin did not significantly affect the pharmacokinetics of CYP3A4 substrates. However, in hepatic impaired patients it cannot be excluded that rifaximin may decrease the exposure of concomitant CYP3A4 substrates administered (e.g. warfarin, antiepileptics, antiarrhythmics, oral contraceptives) due to the higher systemic exposure with respect to healthy subjects.
Both decreases and increases in international normalized ratio have been reported in patients maintained on warfarin and prescribed rifaximin. If co-administration is necessary, the international normalized ratio should be carefully monitored with the addition or withdrawal of rifaximin. Adjustments in the dose of oral anticoagulants may be necessary.
An in vitro study suggested that rifaximin is a moderate substrate of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and metabolized by CYP3A4. It is unknown whether concomitant drugs which inhibit CYP3A4 can increase the systemic exposure of rifaximin..
In healthy subjects, co-administration of a single dose of ciclosporin (600 mg), a potent P-glycoprotein inhibitor, with a single dose of rifaximin (550mg) resulted in 83-fold and 124-fold increases in rifaximin mean Cmax and AUC∞ respectively.
The clinical significance of this increase in systemic exposure is unknown.
The potential for drug-drug interactions to occur at the level of gut transporter systems has been evaluated in vitro and these studies suggest that a clinical interaction between rifaximin and other compounds that undergo efflux via P-gp and other transport proteins is unlikely (MRP2, MRP4, BCRP and BSEP).
No drug interaction studies investigating the concomitant intake of rifaximin and other drugs that might be used during an episode of travellers' diarrhoea (e.g. loperamide, charcoal) are available.
In case of administration of charcoal, rifaximin should be taken at least 2 hours after that administration.
There is no or limited data from the use of rifaximin in pregnant women.
Animal studies showed transient effects on ossification and skeletal variations in the foetus (see section 5.3). The clinical relevance of these findings in humans is unknown.
As a precautionary measure, use of rifaximin during pregnancy is not recommended.
It is unknown whether rifaximin/metabolites are excreted in human milk. A risk to the breast-fed child cannot be excluded.
A decision must be made whether to discontinue breast-feeding or to discontinue/abstain from rifaximin therapy taking into account the benefit of breast feeding for the child and the benefit of therapy for the woman.
Animal studies do not indicate direct or in direct harmful effects with respect to male and female fertility.
In clinical controlled trials dizziness and somnolence have been reported but rifaximin has negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
In clinical studies in subjects who received rifaximin for treatment of travellers' diarrhoea, Adverse Reactions considered as being at least possibly related to rifaximin have been categorised by organ system and frequency.
During post-approval use of rifaximin further undesirable effects have been reported. The frequency of these reactions is not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).
Frequency categories are defined using the following convention:
Very common (≥1/10); Common (≥1/100 to <1/10); Uncommon (≥1/1,000 to <1/100); Rare (≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000); Very rare (<1/10,000), Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data).
MedDRA System Organ Class
Frequency not Known
Infections and infestations
Upper respiratory tract infection
Blood and lymphatic system disorders
Immune system disorders
Metabolism and nutrition disorders
Nervous system disorders
Ear and labyrinth disorders
Blood pressure increased,
Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders
Abdominal pain upper,
Aspartate aminotransferase increased
Liver function test abnormalities
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders
Rashes, eruptions and exanthemas ,
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders
Renal and urinary disorders
Blood in urine,
Reproductive system and breast disorders
General disorders and administration site conditions
Influenza like illness,
Pain and discomfort
International normalised ratio abnormalities
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions.
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via Yellow Card Scheme Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or App Store.
In clinical trials with patients suffering from travellers' diarrhoea doses of up to 1800 mg/day have been tolerated without any severe clinical signs.
Dosages of up to 2400 mg/day for 7 days in patients/subjects with normal bacterial flora rifaximin did not result in any relevant clinical symptoms related to the high dosage.
In case of overdose symptomatic treatments and supportive care are recommended.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: intestinal, anti-infective agents- antibiotics - ATC code: A07AA11.
The product Xifaxanta contains rifaximin (4-desoxy-4'methyl pyrido (1',2'-1,2) imidazo (5,4-c) rifamycin SV), in the polymorphic form α.
Mode of action
Rifaximin is an antibacterial agent of the rifamycin class that binds irreversibly to the beta sub-unit of the bacterial enzyme DNA-dependent RNA polymerase and consequently inhibits bacterial RNA synthesis.
Rifaximin has a broad antimicrobial spectrum against most of the Gram-positive and -negative, aerobic and anaerobic bacteria responsible for intestinal infections.
Due to the very low absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract rifaximin in the polymorph α form is locally acting in the intestinal lumen and clinically not effective against invasive pathogens.
Mechanism of resistance
The main mechanism of acquiring resistance to rifaximin appears to involve a mutation in the rpoB gene encoding the bacterial RNA polymerase.
The incidence of resistant subpopulations among bacteria isolated from patients with traveller's diarrhoea was very low.
Clinical studies that investigated changes in the susceptibility of intestinal flora of subjects affected by traveller's diarrhoea, failed to detect the emergence of drug resistant Gram-positive (e.g. enterococci) and Gram-negative (E. coli) organisms during a three-day course of treatment with rifaximin.
Development of resistance in the normal intestinal bacterial flora was investigated with repeated, high doses of rifaximin in healthy volunteers and Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients. Strains resistant to rifaximin developed, but were unstable and did not colonise the gastrointestinal tract or replace rifaximin-sensitive strains. When treatment was discontinued resistant strains disappeared rapidly.
Experimental and clinical data suggest that the treatment of traveller's diarrhoea with rifaximin of patients harbouring strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis or Neisseria meningitidis will not select for rifampicin resistance.
Rifaximin is a non-absorbed antibacterial agent. In vitro susceptibility testing cannot be used to reliably establish susceptibility or resistance of bacteria to rifaximin. There are currently insufficient data available to support the setting of a clinical breakpoint for susceptibility testing.
Rifaximin has been evaluated in vitro on pathogens causing traveller's diarrhoea. These pathogens were: ETEC (Enterotoxigenic E. coli), EAEC (Enteroaggregative E. coli), Non-V cholerae vibrios. The MIC90, for the bacterial isolates tested, was 32 μg/ml, which can easily be achieved in the intestinal lumen due to high faecal concentrations of rifaximin.
Pharmacokinetic studies in rats, dogs and humans demonstrated that after oral administration rifaximin in the polymorph α form is virtually not absorbed (less than 1%). Following the administration of therapeutic doses of rifaximin in healthy volunteers and patients with damaged intestinal mucosa (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), plasma levels are negligible (less than 10 ng/ml). Systemic absorption of rifaximin is increased but not by a clinically relevant extent by administration within 30 minutes of a high-fat breakfast.
Rifaximin is moderately bound to human plasma proteins. In vivo, the mean protein binding ratio was 67.5% in healthy subjects and 62% in patients with hepatic impairment when rifaximin was administered.
Analysis of faecal extracts demonstrated that rifaximin is found as the intact molecule, implying that it is neither degraded nor metabolised during its passage through the gastrointestinal tract.
In a study using radio-labelled rifaximin, urinary recovery of rifaximin was 0.025% of the administered dose, while <0.01% of the dose was recovered as 25-desacetylrifaximin, the only rifaximin metabolite that has been identified in humans.
A study with radio-labelled rifaximin suggested that 14C-Rifaximin is almost exclusively and completely excreted in faeces (96.9 % of the administered dose). The urinary recovery of 14C rifaximin does not exceed 0.4% of the administered dose.
The rate and extent of systemic exposure of humans to rifaximin appeared to be characterized by non-linear (dose-dependent) kinetic which is consistent with the possibility of dissolution-rate-limited absorption of rifaximin.
No clinical data are available on the use of rifaximin in patients with impaired renal function.
Clinical data available for patients with hepatic impairment showed a systemic exposure higher than that observed in healthy subjects. The systemic exposure of rifaximin was about 10-, 13-, and 20-fold higher in those patients with mild (Child-Pugh A), moderate (Child-Pugh B), and severe (Child-Pugh C) hepatic impairment, respectively, compared to that in healthy volunteers.
The increase in systemic exposure to rifaximin in subjects with hepatic impairment should be interpreted in light of rifaximin gastrointestinal local action and its low systemic bioavailability, as well as the available rifaximin safety data in subjects with cirrhosis.
Therefore no dosage adjustment is recommended because rifaximin is acting locally.
The pharmacokinetics of rifaximin has not been studied in paediatric patients of any age.
Preclinical data reveal no special hazard for humans based on conventional studies of safety pharmacology, repeated dose toxicity, genotoxicity and carcinogenic potential.
In a rat embryofoetal development study, a slight and transient delay in ossification that did not affect the normal development of the offspring, was observed at 300 mg/kg/day. In the rabbit, following oral administration of Rifaximin during gestation, an increase in the incidence of fetal skeletal variations was observed at clinically relevant doses.
The clinical relevance of these findings is unknown
Sodium starch glycolate type A
colloidal anhydrous silica
titanium dioxide (E171)
red iron oxide (E172)
Original packaging: 3 years.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
PVC/PE/PVDC-Aluminium blister pack containing 9 tablets.
No special requirements.
Norgine Pharmaceuticals Limited
02/12/2010 / 20/07/2016
23 October 2020
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