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Treatments for Giardia

Treatments for Giardia:

The first step in treating Giardia infection is prevention. This includes not drinking untreated water from ponds, streams or lakes. Swimmer should also avoid swallowing water from swimming pools. It is also important not to drink water that is labelled as "not potable" or any water that might be unsafe. It is a good idea to only drink bottled water in developing countries.

Prevention of Giardia infection also includes frequent hand washing, especially after using the bathroom and before handling food, drinking water and eating or drinking. Hands should also be washed after handling any feces or after contact with a person who may have a Giardia infection. It is also important to avoid contact with a person who has infectious Giardia infection.

Medications used to treat Giardia infection include tinidazole and nitazoxanide. Treatment also generally involves additional rest as needed and ensuring adequate hydration to prevent dehydration. This may be achieved by drinking water or an oral rehydrating fluid, such as Pedialyte.

Treatment of severe Giardia infection that does not resolve quickly and/or leads to dehydration requires hospitalization and rehydration with intravenous fluids. People most at risk for dehydration include those with chronic illnesses or conditions that affect the immune system, such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes or cancer, and infants, small children, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Treatment List for Giardia

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Giardia includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

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Drugs and Medications used to treat Giardia:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Giardia include:

  • Metronidazole
  • Apo-Metronidazole
  • Femazole
  • Flagyl
  • Flagyl ER
  • Flagystatin
  • Helidac
  • Losec Helicopak
  • Metizol
  • MetroGel
  • Metro IV
  • Metryl
  • Neo-Tric
  • Novo-Nidazole
  • Protostat
  • Rho-Metrostatin
  • SK Metronidazole
  • Trikacide
  • Tinidazole
  • Tindamax
  • Fasigyn

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Giardiasis: DPD (Excerpt)

Several prescription drugs are available to treat Giardia. Consult with your health care provider. Although Giardia can infect all people, young children and pregnant women may be more susceptible to the dehydration resulting from diarrhea and should drink plenty of fluids while ill.  (Source: excerpt from Giardiasis: DPD)

Giardiasis: DPD (Excerpt)

My child was recently diagnosed as having giardiasis, but does not have any diarrhea. My health care provider says treatment is not necessary. Is this true?

In general, the answer by the American Academy of Pediatrics is that treatment is not necessary. However, there are a few exceptions. If your child does not have diarrhea, but is having nausea, or is fatigued, losing weight, or has a poor appetite, you and your health care provider may wish to consider treatment. If your child attends a day care center where an outbreak is continuing to occur despite efforts to control it, screening and treatment of children without obvious symptoms may be a good idea. The same is true if several family members are ill, or if a family member is pregnant and therefore not able to take the most effective anti-Giardia medications. (Source: excerpt from Giardiasis: DPD)

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