Ercefuryl: Uses, Warnings, Precautions, Administration and Side Effects

This medicine is an intestinal antibacterial.

It is reserved for adults and adolescents from 15 years old. It is used to treat acute (sudden onset) diarrhea caused by an intestine infection. Treatment comes in addition to a proper diet and, if necessary, rehydration.

Before taking ercefuryl

Discuss the consumption of this medicine with your doctor if you have an intolerance to certain sugars.

If in doubt, you should seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.

Warnings and cautions

Special warnings

You should see your doctor immediately in the following cases:

  • Otherwise, it improves after two days of treatment.
  • In case of fever and vomiting.
  • In case of diarrhea of 6 liquid stools per day or lasts more than 24 hours, or is accompanied by weight loss.
  • In case of intense thirst, the sensation of a dry tongue. These signs show an onset of dehydration and a significant fluid loss due to diarrhea.

Your doctor will then judge the need to prescribe rehydration which can be done orally or intravenously.

Employment precautions

This treatment is a complement to the dietary rules:


  • Rehydrate with large, salty, or sugary drinks to compensate for fluid loss due to diarrhea (average daily water intake for adults is 2 liters).
  • I was feeding at the time of diarrhea.
  • Or by excluding certain types of food, especially raw vegetables, fruits, green vegetables, spicy dishes, and frozen foods or drinks.
  • Or they are focusing on grilled meats and rice.

If in doubt, you should seek the advice of your doctor or pharmacist.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

It is best not to use nifuroxazide during pregnancy. Breastfeeding is still possible in case of brief treatment with this medicine.

Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist the possibility of taking this medicine if you suspect or are pregnant, intend to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

Driving and using machinery

This medicine does not affect the ability to drive and use machines.

Ercefuryl contains sucrose

This medicine is not recommended in patients with fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption, or sucrase-isomaltase deficiency (rare inherited diseases).

How to take Ercefuryl?


  • It is reserved for adults and adolescents from 15 years old.
  • The dose is four capsules per day divided into 2 to 4 during the day.
  • Always observe the dosage recommended by the package insert.

If in doubt, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Administration mode

  • This medicine is used orally.
  • Swallow the capsules with a glass of water.

Treatment duration

The duration of treatment is limited to 3 days.

If you take more Ercefuryl than you should:

Consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

If you forget to take Ercefuryl

Do not take a double dose to make up for the amount you forgot to bring.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Side effects

Not all the adverse effects that this medicine could cause are the same for each patient.

Allergic reactions, sometimes severe, can occur:

  • Rash of pimples or plaques on the skin, itching, hives.
  • Sudden swelling of the face and neck may cause endangering and shortness of breath (angioedema).
  • Rash with a significant drop in blood pressure puts you in danger (anaphylactic shock).

If any of these effects occur, stop the medicine and see your doctor immediately.

Side effect reports

If you have any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This also applies to any unwanted products not mentioned in this brochure.

By reporting side effects, you can provide more information about the drug’s safety.

How to store Ercefuryl?

Do not use this medicine after the expiration date stated—store at a temperature no higher than 30 ° C.

Do not dispose of any medicine in the sewer system or household garbage. Ask your pharmacist to dispose of the medication you no longer use.

Packaging content and other information

  • The active substance is nifuroxazide.

What is in a capsule of Ercefuryl

The other components are cornstarch, sucrose, and magnesium stearate.

Capsule shell

Titanium dioxide (E171), yellow iron oxide (E172), and gelatin.

Health education/counseling

What should be known about antibiotics?

Antibiotics are effective in fighting infections caused by bacteria. They are not effective against viral infections.

Bacteria can survive or reproduce despite the action of an antibiotic. This phenomenon is called resistance – it makes some antibiotic treatments inactive.

Resistance increases through the misuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics.

It can promote the appearance of resistant bacteria and thus delay your recovery or even deactivate this drug if you do not respect:

  • The dose to take.
  • The moments of drinking.
  • And the duration of the treatment.

To preserve the effectiveness of this drug.

  • Please strictly observe the instructions.
  • Don’t reuse an antibiotic, even if you think you are battling a seemingly similar illness.
  • Never give your antibiotic to someone else; it may not be suitable for your condition.
  • Once your treatment is finished, inform your pharmacist of all the started boxes for this medicine’s correct and appropriate destruction.