Which drugs are used to treat diarrhea?

Updated: Jan 31, 2020
  • Author: Stefano Guandalini, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Answer

Vaccines (eg, rotavirus) can help increase resistance to infection. Antimicrobial and antiparasitic agents may be used to treat diarrhea caused by specific organisms and/or clinical circumstances. Such medications include the following:

  • Cefixime

  • Ceftriaxone

  • Cefotaxime

  • Erythromycin

  • Furazolidone

  • Iodoquinol

  • Metronidazole

  • Paromomycin

  • Quinacrine

  • Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim

  • Vancomycin

  • Tetracycline

  • Nitazoxanide

  • Rifaximin

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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