What Are Giardia and Crypto?
Giardia and Crypto are parasites found in water, food, soil, or on surfaces contaminated with feces.1,2
When infected, the most common symptom is diarrhea. Other symptoms may be involved and some individuals become infected but are asymptomatic – that is, they show no symptoms.1,3
How Long Can Diarrhea Last?
Without treatment diarrhea can last up to four weeks for Crypto and six weeks for Giardia.1,2
How Are Crypto and Giardia Diagnosed?
A diagnosis is confirmed by a laboratory test.4,5
How Do I Know If I Have a Parasite?
Parasites such as Crypto and Giardia are typically detected through prepared stool samples under a microscope in a laboratory.4,5
How Can One Get Infected?
Swallowing Crypto and Giardia parasites can cause infection. If you swallow contaminated water, eat contaminated food, or touch a contaminated surface (such as bathroom fixtures, changing tables, diaper pails, or toys) and later swallow those parasites, you can get sick.1,2 Swallowing as few as 10 Crypto oocysts or 10 Giardia cysts can cause someone to become ill7
Are Parasites Tolerant to Chlorine Found in Water?
Giardia has moderate tolerance to chlorine, while Crypto is extremely tolerant and has been known to survive for up to 10 days in chlorinated swimming pools and fountains.7
Can Crypto and Giardia Parasites Live Outside the Body?
Yes, these parasites can survive outside the body for extended periods of time.2,7
What Is Alinia®?
Alinia is the only FDA-approved product for treating diarrhea caused by both Cryptosporidium parvum and Giardia lamblia. It comes in a tablet formulation for patients 12 years of age and older, and in a liquid formulation (oral suspension) for patients 1 year of age and older.8
Limitations of Use: Alinia for Oral Suspension and Alinia Tablets have not been shown to be effective for the treatment of diarrhea caused by Cryptosporidium parvum in HIV-infected or immunodeficient patients.8
How Is Alinia Administered?
Please take Alinia exactly as directed by your doctor. Children ages 1 to 11 are administered Alinia in a strawberry flavored liquid formulation (oral suspension). Patients 12 and older are administered either the oral suspension or tablets. Please see the full Prescribing Information for more information.8
What Are Common Alinia Side Effects?
The most common side effects reported in clinical trials for Alinia were abdominal pain, headache, chromaturia (discoloration of urine), and nausea. Please see the full Prescribing Information for more information8
Who Shouldn’t Take Alinia?
- Patients with a prior hypersensitivity or an allergy to nitazoxanide or any other product ingredients. Please see the full Prescribing Information for a complete list of ingredients.8
- Patients should avoid concurrent warfarin use8
- Pediatric patients less than one year of age8
Are there coupons or discounts for Alinia?
With the ALINIA Co-pay program, eligible commercially insured patients may pay as little as $0 per prescription*
- ALINIA is covered by most managed care plans
- E-Vouchers are applied automatically for eligible patients at most pharmacies
Maximum benefit up to $300 for ALINIA Tablets*
Maximum benefit up to $75 for ALINIA for Oral Suspension*
* Terms and conditions apply.
Visit the Alinia Savings page to learn more and see the program’s full Terms and Conditions.
Talk to your doctor to see if Alinia is right for you. Please see the Full Prescribing Information for more information.