Enteroquinol, is it safe? Uses, side-effects, dosage

What is Enteroquinol?

Enteroquinol is the brand name for laminated tablet, which is prescribed for the treatment of loose motions and gastrointestinal infections. This tablet can be administered orally. This medicine is manufactured and marketed by East India Pharmaceutical Works limited. It is available in the packaging of 20 tablets per strip.

  1. What is the generic name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. Is this medicine addictive?
  7. What if I miss the dose of this medicine ?
  8. Can I drive after taking this medicine ?
  9. Can this medicine be taken on an empty stomach ?
  10. Can I take this medicine with alcohol ?
  11. What is the Dosage ?
  12. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  13. Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
  14. Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
  15. Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
  16. Is Enteroquinol available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
  17. Frequently asked questions
  18. Reference
Enteroquinol - uses, side-effects, dosage

Enteroquinol – uses, side-effects, dosage


What is the generic name (s)?

The generic salt and the active ingredient present is Enteroquinol is Quiniodochlor[1]It is an intestinal amoebicide[2]. It is present in the strength of 250 mg per tablet.

How does it work ?

Quiniodochlor is an anti-diarrheal[3] drug. It works by stopping DNA topoisomerase[4]. DNA topoismerase is required for replication and transcription of bacterial growth[5]. Hence it kills the adult bacteria trophozoites and prevent them from making infectious cysts[6].

What are it’s uses ?

Enteroquinol tablets can be administered in prevention, control and treatment of following diseases and conditions:

  • Dermatophytosis[7]
  • Amoeba infections
  • Fungal Infections[8]
  • Dandruff[9]
  • Eczema[10]
  • Yeast infection on skin
  • Infection in Vagina

How effective is this medicine ?

Enteroquinol tablet is very effective in the management of all the disorders as mentioned above. One should use it after discussing the condition and other symptoms with a qualified doctor.

What are the Side Effects ?

Some of the commonly reported side-effects of Enteroquinol medication are listed below :

  • Nausea[11]
  • Skin rash
  • Pruritus[12]
  • Acute toxicity
  • Goiter
  • Green stools
  • Damage to optic nerves in isolated cases
  • Stomach upset

Is Enteroquinol addictive?

Habit forming tendencies for this medicine has not been reported. Most medicines don’t come with a potential for addiction. The government also categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Finally,  do not self-medicate and increase your body’s dependence on medicines without taking the advice of a doctor.

What if I miss the dose of Enteroquinol?

Use the missed dose as soon as you notice. If the time is already close to the next dose,  skip the missed dose and continue your dosing schedule. Do not use overdose to make up the missed dose as it may cause serious side effects.  If you are routinely missing the doses, try to use an alarm or asking a family member or friend to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss modifications in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses.

Can I drive after taking Enteroquinol?

It is not safe to drive after taking this medicine if you experience dizziness or a headache as side effects. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes drowsy, dizzy or reduces your blood pressure. Please check for these conditions on your body while using this medicine.

Can Enteroquinol be taken on an empty stomach?

This medicine has to be taken after food. Please follow your doctor’s advice on how you to use this medicine.

Can I take Enteroquinol with alcohol?

Intake of this medicine with alcohol is not reported. In some cases, alcohol intake with this medicine may intensify drowsiness. It is better to consult your doctor before consumption of this medicine. Pharmacists also suggest not to take alcohol while using this medicine.

What is the Dosage ?

The dosage of this medicine varies with the patient’s age, medical history and the problem for which it is being administered. For example, the typical dosage for adults is up to 1 tablet , thrice a day.

Please consult with doctor to know about the correct dosage for the speedy recovery of the patient.

Tablet - dosage

Tablet – dosage

What are the precautions I need to take ?

  • Take this medicine only if prescribed by the doctor
  • Take full course of treatment
  • Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this medicine or any of their excipient
  • Do not take this medicinal product after the expiry date stated on the carton package
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicine

Caution should be implied if the patient is :

  • On any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication.
  • Having an over active thyroid.
  • Is allergic to iodine.
  • Is breast feeding or planning to start breast feeding
  • Is Pregnant or planning to get pregnant

Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?

No, it is not safe to take this medicine if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
This drug is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘C’ Risk not ruled out: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

It should not be taken without consulting with your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to be pregnant. Please share the actual status of your pregnancy with your doctor for the correct prescription of this medicine

Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?

No, it is not safe to take enteroquinol if you are breast feeding or planning to start breast feeding. Consult with your doctor thoroughly if being prescribed for this medicine, as while breastfeeding this can get mixed with the blood and get transferred to the baby. This can result into bad or harmful effects.

Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?

No, this medicine can not be given to children and infants. In fact this medicine is banned from pediatric use in India.


Enteroquinol

Enteroquinol

Is Enteroquinol available as an over the counter (OTC) product?

Yes, this medicine is available as an over the counter (OTC) product. But it is advised to consult a doctor for correct diagnosis of the disease and proper dosage of this medicine. Do no Self medicate, Self medication can be dangerous.

Frequently asked questions

Why enteroquinol is banned from pediatric use in India?
The generic Quiniodochlor present in this medicine can cause damage to optic nerves. Long term and careless administration of this medication can impair vision and cause blindness in isolated cases. Hence this drug is banned from pediatric use in India.

How long should I take this medicine ?
The Enteroquinol medication should be maximum 7 days long. It is not advised to use this medicine regularly for long time. If the medication is not proven to be effective within one week, one should go for other alternative medications available for the treatment.

Missed a dose of Enterquinol, what should I do ?
In case you missed a dose of this tablet, you can take it  as soon as you remember about it. But if it is close to the time of next dose, skip the missed dose and continue the routine with next dose.
Do not take double dose/ overdose of this medicine. Taking extra dose will not improve your symptoms and condition, rather it may cause serious side effects and medicinal poisoning.

How to store this medicine?
This medicine should be stored in a dry place protected from heat and direct light. For more information on how to store please refer to the instructions mentioned on the packaging of this tablet.

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