Enteroquinol Tablet: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Price, Composition & 20 FAQs

What is Enteroquinol?

It is a medicine which is used predominantly for treatment of Diarrhoea and Parasitic worm infection. Hair loss and damage to the optic nerve are the major side effects at high doses of drug. It should be totally avoided in case of patients allergic to the drug or its constituents, overactive thyroid and in infants.

Enteroquinol Composition: Quiniodochlor 250mg
Manufactured By: East India Pharmaceuticals Works Ltd.
Prescription: Required
Form: Tablets
Price: Rs.36.80 for 20 tablets.
Expiry/Shelf Life: 24 months from the date of manufacturing
Type of Drug:

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Uses of Enteroquinol

Enteroquinol is used for the prevention and treatment of following conditions:

  • Ameobic Dysentry: Used in cases of amoebic infection of colon with symptoms like cramps and diarrhoea to fever and liver abscess in severe cases.
  • Eczema: Used to treat rashes and itching of skin caused by inflammation (Eczema).
  • Dermatophytosis: Used to treat condition in which fungal infection of skin leads to red and itchy patches, also known as Ringworm infection.
  • Pityriasis Versicolor: Used to treat small discoloured skin patches caused by yeast infection.
  • Giardiasis: Used to treat conditions like giardiasis.
  • Vaginal infection: used in cases of vaginal infection.
  • Dandruff: Also used in some cases to treat dandruff.

How does Enteroquinol work?

  • Enteroquinol contains Quiniodochlor as its main active ingredient.
  • Quiniodochlor works by inhibiting DNA Topoisomerase (enzyme responsible for cell division and reproduction of adult form of parasite) and hence, it kills the adult parasite.
  • Quiniodochlor also stops the cysts production of the infective form.
  • Thus, it further growth and multiplication of parasite.
Also Read about other medicine's Dosage:  Enterogermina Dosage

How to take Enteroquinol?

  • Enteroquinol is usually available in tablet form.
  • Tablets are usually administered orally (Via mouth) with a glass of water or as instructed by the doctor. It can be consumed with or without food but in case of patients with stomach problems, it should not be consumed empty stomach as it can affect the stomach adversely.
  • The tablet should not be crushed or chewed but should be swallowed as a whole.
  • It is advisable to take Enteroquinol at a fixed time.
  • It is recommended for a patient to go through the leaflet inside the package thoroughly to have a better understanding of the drug.

Common Dosage for Enteroquinol

  • The dosage of the drug is to be decided by the doctor for every individual as per the age, weight, mental status, allergic history and health status of the patient.
  • The most common dose of Enteroquinol 250mg tablet 2-3 times a day or as stated by the doctor.
  • The maximum dose should not exceed 1.5gm per day for more than 14 days.
  • There should be a gap of 4-6 hours between two doses.
  • It is not advisable to administer Enteroquinol in children unless stated by the doctor as chronic use in children can cause blindness.
  • The dose should not be altered without medical consultation; dose should be gradually reduced as per the doctor’s advice in case of improvement in patient’s health.

Q. What happens if I overdose on Enteroquinol?

Overdose of Enteroquinol can increase the chances of serious side effects. The doctor should be consulted immediately.

Q. What happens if I miss a dose of Enteroquinol?

Enteroquinol may not exhibit the desired effects as a certain amount of drug should always be present in the systemic circulation of the body to exhibit beneficial effects.

The missed dose of Enteroquinol should be consumed as soon as you remember it. But, it is not advisable to consume the missed dose if it’s already time to take the second dose as it may lead to drug toxicity or drug overdose.

Q. What happens if I eat expired Enteroquinol?

A single dose of expired Enteroquinol is very unlikely to cause an adverse event as it might have lost its efficacy and potency. However, one should abstain from consuming expired drug and the doctor should be immediately consulted if one feels any undesirable symptoms after consuming the expired drug.

Q. What is the onset time of Enteroquinol?

  • Enteroquinol Tablets starts to show effects within 1 day of drug administration.
  • It is advised to keep a time interval between two doses of Enteroquinol.

When to Avoid Enteroquinol?

Do not Consume Enteroquinol Tablets:

  • Allergy: In cases of patients allergic to the drug or its constituents.
  • Iodine Allergy: In cases of patients with iodine allergy.
  • Overactive thyroid: In cases of overactive thyroid.
  • Pregnancy: In cases of pregnant women, it should not be consumed unless necessary and should be consumed with proper caution.

Precautions While Taking Enteroquinol

  • Empty Stomach: Do not consume Enteroquinol empty stomach especially in cases of gastric diseases as it can worsen the condition of the stomach.
  • Allergic Reaction: Any allergic reaction after taking Enteroquinol should be immediately reported to the doctor.
  • Avoid Over dosage: Drug overdose should be avoided.
  • Time Interval: A gap of 4-6 hours should be maintained between the two doses to avoid increased levels of drug in the blood as it can lead to toxicity.

Warnings When Taking Enteroquinol

  • Consuming more than the daily prescribed dose is not good and can harm the vision.
  • Lactating mothers should not consume the drug.
  • Administration of this drug in children and infants is not advisable.

Side-Effects of Enteroquinol

The side effects associated with Enteroquinol Tablets used for different treatments are:

  • Transient loose and green colored stools (rare)
  • Headache (common)
  • Vertigo (less common)
  • Dizziness (common)
  • Hairloss (less common)
  • Stomachache (common)
  • Nausea (common)
  • Itching (less common)
  • Optic nerve damage and vision loss (at very high doses) (rare)

Are There Any Reported Allergic Reactions to Enteroquinol?

Possible allergic reactions reported for Enteroquinol tablets are:

  • Rashes (less common)
  • Swelling of eyelids, face, lips, mouth or tongue (less common)
  • Breathing difficulty (less common)

What are the effects of Enteroquinol tablets on organs?

  • Enteroquinol affects the liver directly and therefore, it is advised to consult the doctor as dose modification is needed in cases of patients with liver diseases or impairment.
  • High doses of Enteroquinol for more than 14 days can cause neuritis and damage to the optic nerve affecting the vision directly.

Drug Interactions with Enteroquinol to be Careful About

One needs to be careful of certain drug interactions when consuming Enteroquinol. These may span from certain food items to other medicines to some tests which should not be taken right after consuming Enteroquinol. We explore these n details below.

1. Food Interactions with Enteroquinol

Cranberry or cranberry juice should be avoided.

2. Medicines Interactions with Enteroquinol

All the possible drug interactions might not be listed here. It is always advised that the patient must inform the physician about of all the drugs/products you use. You must also inform about the herbal products that you are consuming. You must not modify the drug regimen without your doctor’s approval.

The common drug interactions have been noticed with the following drugs:

  1. Sedatives (mild)
  2. Antiallergic drugs (mild)
  3. Narcotic analgesics (moderate)
  4. Muscle relaxants (mild)
  5. Anti epileptic drugs (moderate)
  6. Antidepressants (mild)
  7. Antianxiety drugs (mild)

3. Effects of Enteroquinol on Lab Tests

Enteroquinol does not affect any lab tests as such

4. Enteroquinol ’s interactions with Pre-existing Conditions/Diseases

Any allergy to the drug or overactive thyroid.

Q. Can I have Enteroquinol with alcohol?

No. There is an increased risk of side effects when Enteroquinol is taken with alcohol. The doctor should be consulted before consuming alcohol with Enteroquinol.

Q. Any particular food item to be avoided?

No particular food item is to be avoided.

Q. Can I have Enteroquinol when pregnant?

No, Enteroquinol is to be avoided during pregnancy and should not be consumed unless necessary and should be consumed with proper caution. The doctor should always be notified if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Q. Can I have Enteroquinol when feeding a baby?

No, as Enteroquinol is not recommended in lactating mothers as it may harm the child. Hence, the doctor should always be informed in such cases as a precautionary measure.

Q. Can I drive after taking Enteroquinol?

Yes, as Enteroquinol does not affect the ability to drive but it is advisable to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery if symptoms like dizziness or drowsiness occurs after taking Enteroquinol.

Buyer’s Guide – Enteroquinol Composition, Variant and Price

Dermoquinol 8% 15gm ointmentQuiniodochlor 8%Rs. 7.27 for 1 pack
Dermoquinol 8% 30gm ointmentQuiniodochlor 8%Rs. 16.49 for 1 pack
Dermoquinol 4% ointmentQuiniodochlor 4%Rs. 13.54 for 1 pack
Buy & Get Minimum 20% Discount: 1mg | Medlife

Substitutes of Enteroquinol

The following are alternative drugs for Enteroquinol:

  • Vibact Capsule: Manufactured by USV Pvt Ltd.
  • Aristozyme Capsule: Manufactured by Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
  • Oflox OZ Tablet: Manufactured by Cipla Ltd.

Storage requirements for Enteroquinol Tablets

  • Enteroquinol Tablet should be stored in a cool, moisture-free place at temperature below  25o C
  • Drug should be kept out of children’s reach.

FAQs – 10 Important Questions Answered about Enteroquinol

Q. What is Enteroquinol?

Ans. Enteroquinol is a solo drug containing Quiniodochlor as its main ingredient. It is used against diarrhoea and parasitic worm infections.

Q. How long does it take for Enteroquinol to show results?

Ans. Enteroquinol shows its affect within 1 day of administration of drug.

Q. Should Enteroquinol be taken on an empty stomach?

Ans. Enteroquinol should not be taken empty stomach as it may cause stomach irritation when taken on empty stomach.

Q. Does Enteroquinol make you drowsy?

Ans. Enteroquinol might cause drowsiness in few cases but it varies with every individual.

Q. What should be the time gap between the consumption of 2 Enteroquinol Tablets?

Ans. Ideal time gap of atleast 4-6 hours should be there between two doses to avoid Enteroquinol toxicity or overdose.

Q. Should I complete the whole cycle of the medicine even if cured?

Ans. Enteroquinol should never be stopped in between the cycle without consulting with the doctor. The doctor should be the one to decide when and how to stop the cycle of Enteroquinol.

Q. Does Enteroquinol effect my menstrual cycle?

Ans. No, it does not generally affect the menstrual cycle but always consult the doctor in case of pre existing menstrual problems before consuming the drug

Q. Is Enteroquinol safe for children?

Ans. Enteroquinol in not safe and is not advised to administer to children below 16 years of age. Therefore, Paediatrician should always be consulted in such cases.

Q. Are there any symptoms that I should consider before taking Enteroquinol?

Ans. Any allergic reactions and overactive thyroid is to be taken into consideration before taking Enteroquinol

Ans. Yes, it is legal in India.

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Disclaimer – The information provided above is to the best of our research and knowledge. However, you are recommended to consult a physician before consuming the drug.

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