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Food Poisoning (cont.)

Food Poisoning Treatment

Treatment of food poisoning is mainly done with fluids to avoid dehydration, especially in children and the elderly.

Some patients may benefit from medication to reduce nausea and vomiting. The use of medications like loperamide (Imodium) to treat diarrhea is often not advised as it may prolong symptoms or cause additional problems; patients are advised to check with their doctor before using the medication. Antibiotics are not used to treat viral and most bacterial causes of food poisoning but may be used in certain circumstances.

Severe bacterial infections and pregnant women with listeriosis will get antibiotics; some other pathogens such as certain parasites may be treated with antiparasitic medications. Other relatively rare causes of food poisoning may require special medications.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/27/2013

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