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FDA Warns of Life-Threatening Diarrhea Drug

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Nicholas Wills5 years ago

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety alert on a drug, intestinomicina, marketed to treat infectious diarrhea.

About the Diarrhea Drug

  • Intestinomicina is manufactured in El Salvador, and is marketed for the treatment of infectious diarrhea and acute gastrointestinal infections.
  • It can be found in tablet and liquid forms.
  • It is manufactured by Laboratorios Lopez.
  • It has been found in international grocery stores in the United States that feature South and Central American specialty foods and products.

Potentially Life-Threatening Side Effects

Intestinomicina contains “chloramphenicol,” a prescription drug ingredient otherwise known in Spanish as “chloramfenicol palmitato.” Chloramfenicol was recalled by the FDA in July of 2012 for its risk of life-threatening injuries, which include:

  • Bone marrow toxicity – This occurs when the body does not produce enough red blood cells, white blood cells, and/or platelets.

    • Certain types of bone marrow toxicity are reversible; however, in rare circumstances it can lead to death.
    • Patients with anemia, low white or red blood cell count, or decreased blood platelets may be at a greater risk of death or serious injury. 
  • Some antibacterial ingredients in the product, Neomycin and sulfa drugs, have the potential to cause a variety of adverse reactions, ranging from rashes and hives, to severe and life-threatening reactions.
  • Intestinomicina may also interact with other medications that consumers may be taking. 
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