Treatment for extraintestinal amebiasis includes pain medications, medications to control nausea, antibiotics, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever control. Surgery may be required to treat a liver abscess.
Treatment for extraintestinal amebiasis includes:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Medications for vomiting
- Antibiotics for amebiasis:
- Metronidazole (Flagyl, Protostat)
- Tinidazole (Fasigyn, Tindamax)
- Paromomycin (Humatin)
- Iodoquinol (Yodoxin)
- Chloroquine phosphate (Aralen)
- Dehydroemetine (Mebadin)
- Diloxanide furoate (Furamid, Entamizole, Furamide)
- Surgery for a liver abscess from amebiasis
Amebiasis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of extraintestinal amebiasis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat extraintestinal amebiasis:
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