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The role of rifaximin in the treatment and chemoprophylaxis of travelers' diarrhea

Authors Koo HL, DuPont HL, Huang D

Published 21 October 2009 Volume 2009:5 Pages 841—848

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/TCRM.S4442

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Hoonmo L Koo1,2, Herbert L DuPont1,2, David B Huang3

1Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA; 2University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health, Houston, TX, USA; 3Veterans Affairs Medical Center, East Orange, NJ, USA

Abstract: Travelers’ diarrhea is a common illness among international travelers from developed to developing countries. Travelers’ diarrhea is caused by ingestion of contaminated food and water. Bacteria are the primary cause of travelers’ diarrhea. In most surveys, the most common diarrheal pathogen identified is enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. There are several antimicrobial agents available for the treatment of travelers’ diarrhea including rifaximin which is approved in the United States for the treatment of travelers’ diarrhea due to noninvasive E. coli strains. In this review, we will review the most recent advances of rifaximin for the treatment and prevention of travelers’ diarrhea, with regard to its pharmacokinetics, in vitro susceptibility profile, and efficacy and safety data from clinical trials.

Keywords: travelers’ diarrhea, rifaximin, treatment, prevention

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