Guidelines for Traveler’s Diarrhea in Adults

Full text: Guidelines on Traveler’s diarrhea in Adults from ACG

Some of the recommendations:

  • -use of oral rehydration if severe diarrhea (especially elderly).  “Most individuals with acute diarrhea…can keep up with fluids and salt by consumption of water, juices, sports drinks, soups, and saltine crackers
  • -against use of probiotics for acute diarrhea except in cases of post antibiotic-associated diarrhea
  • -for use of bismuth subsalicylates to slow stool passage
  • -for use of adjunctive loperamide in patients receiving antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea (to increase chance for cure)
  • -for antibiotics in traveler’s diarrhea “where the likelihood of bacterial pathogens is high enough to justify the potential side effects of antibiotics”
  • -against antibiotics for community-acquired diarrhea

Table 4 outlines antibiotic selection.

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Disclaimer: These blog posts are for educational purposes only. Specific dosing of medications/diets (along with potential adverse effects) should be confirmed by prescribing physician/nutritionist.  This content is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a condition.


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