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Question: What prophylactic regimens are recommended for traveler’s diarrhea?

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Answer: Ciprofloxacin, 500 mg twice daily for 5 days (or one of the other fluoroquinolones) Bismuth subsalicyate (Pepto-Bismol), 2 tablets with every meal and at bedtime for 5 days Bactrim DS, one tablet twice daily for 3 days (Note: Many organisms are now resistant to Bactrim.) Reference: Sleisenger MH, Fordtran JS (eds): Gastrointestinal Disease: Pathophysiology, […]

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Question: What are most common organisms implicated in traveler’s diarrhea?

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Answer: Enterotoxigenic E. coli Shigella sp. Campylobacter jejuni Plesiomonas sp. Rotavirus Cryptosporidium sp. Enteroaggregative E. coli Salmonella sp. Aeromonas sp. Norwalk virus Giardia sp. Cyclospora sp. Reference: Lichetenstein GR, Wu GD (eds): The Requisites in Gastroenterology: Vol 2: Small and Large Intestines. St. Louis, Mosby, 2003

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