Practical Parasitology

Antimicrobial Treatment of Parasite Infections

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Intestinal Protozoa (Adult Dosage)

Balantidium coli
Tetracycline 500 mg po qid x10d
Metronidazole 750 mg po tid x5d
Please see Balantidium coli.

Blastocyctis hominis
Metronidazole 750 mg po tid x10d.
See B. hominis for special considerations.

Cryptosporidium parvum
Self limiting in immunocompetent patients. No proven drug therapy.
For patients with AIDS:
Paromomycin 500 - 750 mg tid or qid or 1.0 gm po bid.
Please see Cryptosporidium parvum.