What is included in symptomatic therapy for cryptosporidiosis?

Updated: Nov 11, 2019
  • Author: Melinda B Tanabe, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Symptomatic therapy includes replacement of fluids, provision of appropriate nutrition, and treatment with antimotility agents. Loperamide or diphenoxylate-atropine may help in some cases. More potent opiates, including anhydrous morphine (Paregoric), may work in some cases that fail to respond to milder agents.

Octreotide, a somatostatin analogue and substance P antagonist, suppresses diarrhea in chronic cryptosporidiosis.


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