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What medicine is there to treat food poisoning?

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Dr. Chad Morse
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Time and Fluids

Meds for symptoms: uncontrolled vomiting (zofran, phenergan, compazine).
Moderate diarrhea - imodium. Since most food poisoning is self-limited, pushing fluids and getting rest is best most of the time. If high fever, severe abdominal pain, bloody stools, or are sick for more than 48 hours, see a doctor! you may need antibiotics and IV fluids. Xifaxan (rifaximin) is a nice antibiotic for traveller's diarrhea.

In brief: Time and Fluids

Meds for symptoms: uncontrolled vomiting (zofran, phenergan, compazine).
Moderate diarrhea - imodium. Since most food poisoning is self-limited, pushing fluids and getting rest is best most of the time. If high fever, severe abdominal pain, bloody stools, or are sick for more than 48 hours, see a doctor! you may need antibiotics and IV fluids. Xifaxan (rifaximin) is a nice antibiotic for traveller's diarrhea.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Fantastic answer.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Food poisoning

Treatment of Food poisoning may include oral or intravenous replacement of fluids/ electrolytes.
Antibiotics may be needed for bacterial infections. Hospitalization is sometimes necessary.

In brief: Food poisoning

Treatment of Food poisoning may include oral or intravenous replacement of fluids/ electrolytes.
Antibiotics may be needed for bacterial infections. Hospitalization is sometimes necessary.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Andrea Rodgers
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: It depends

Hi, most of the time the symptoms attributed to food poisoning are actually caused by a stomach virus.
Food poisoning is caused by a number of bacteria and the treatments vary depending on the cause. Most of the time treatment is hydration and a bland diet until symptoms resolve. If you see blood in your stool, have severe abdominal pain or are unable to keep fluids down you need to be seen.

In brief: It depends

Hi, most of the time the symptoms attributed to food poisoning are actually caused by a stomach virus.
Food poisoning is caused by a number of bacteria and the treatments vary depending on the cause. Most of the time treatment is hydration and a bland diet until symptoms resolve. If you see blood in your stool, have severe abdominal pain or are unable to keep fluids down you need to be seen.
Dr. Andrea Rodgers
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