Medicines aren't used routinely in
food poisoning. Medicines that stop diarrhea
(antidiarrheals) can help with your symptoms. These medicines (such as Imodium) shouldn't be used if you have a fever or bloody diarrhea, because they can
actually make you sicker. Don't give antidiarrheals to children.
Types of food poisoning that may be treated with medicines
Shigellosis, which may be treated with antibiotics.
But some types of Shigella bacteria aren't killed by
antibiotics. This is called
resistance. Because using antibiotics can make these
bacteria even more resistant, mild cases of shigellosis aren't usually treated