Infection with the Cyclospora parasite causes watery diarrhea that can last for months without treatment. Fortunately, most people recover completely with the standard Cyclospora treatment — 7 days of an antibiotic called trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX). High-risk patients may need to be hospitalized receive intravenous (IV) fluids and medicine.
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Cyclospora Treatment Information
The preferred Cyclospora treatment for adults is a combination antibiotic called trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX), which is sold under the brand-names Bactrim, Septra, and Cotrim. It is given at a standard dose of 160-mg of TMP, and 800-mg of SMX given twice daily for 7-10 days. For children, a study in Peru found that TMP-SMX given for 3 days was effective.
For patients who can’t take TMP-SMX because they are allergic, ciprofloxacin may be effective. However, studies in Nepal found that this treatment was not effective. No other treatments have been identified. Other treatments that have been tried include tinidazole, quinacrine, diloxanide furoate, azithromycin, albendazole, and furazolidine.
Prognosis After Cyclospora Treatment
Patients who receive treatment for a Cyclospora infection usually have a good prognosis, and the disease is rarely fatal. The most common serious complication of prolonged diarrhea is dehydration, which can lead to kidney failure and death.
Without treatment, a Cyclospora infection can cause watery diarrhea, fatigue, and other symptoms that persist for an average of 57 days. Most healthy adults will recover without treatment after a lengthy illness. Symptoms may seem to go away and then come back (relapse).
People who are elderly, young, pregnant, or in poor health have a higher risk of complications. They may need to be hospitalized to receive intravenous (IV) fluids and antibiotic therapy.
Additional Resources & Information
- Guided Medline Search for Cyclospora Treatment
- CDC – Treatment of Cyclosporiasis
- Antimicrobe – Cyclospora Treatment Information
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