Should I take an antibiotic with me in case I get traveller's diarrhoea?


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Should I take an antibiotic with me in case I get traveller's diarrhoea?


Because most cases of traveller's diarrhoea are caused by bacterial infections antibiotics have been used as a preventative medicine (known as chemoprophylaxis). However, this use of antibiotics is not usually recommended because of the risk of side effects and development of resistance. See the following websites for more information:

Related Resources
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Traveler's Diarrhea
Department of Health 'Health Advice for Travellers'
Travel Medicine
Fit for Travel
Traveller's Diarrhoea
Resources about Diarrhoea
Antibiotic treatment for travellers' diarrhoea (Cochrane Review)


Date of Posting: 16/01/2003
Date of next Review: 15/01/2005


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MeSH keywords:
Diarrhea, Travel, Antibiotics, Prevention and Control


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