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Can i take antibiotics or over-the-counter anti-diarrheal drug for ane. coli infection?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Yes: The strains of e.Coli that cause travelers diarrhea can be treated with the antibiotics Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or rifaximin. Antidiarrheal can be taken for symptoms. In the past there was some concern that antidiarrheals would prolong the infection, but that does not seem to be the case.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
No: Otc anti-diarrheal drugs and antibiotics do not help for e. Coli related gastroenteritis, and if anything might keep you sick longer. Grin and bear it, and keep your fluids up to combat this infection.

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Last updated Dec 28, 2014

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