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What drugs are used to cure shellfish poisoning?

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There is no specific cure available for shellfish poisoning, and antibiotics do not shorten the illness.

Drugs used to control diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps should not be used except for bismuth (Pepto-Bismol). These drugs are referred to as antimotility drugs since they decrease stomach and intestine motion. Antimotility drugs other than bismuth preparations can worsen or lengthen the illness because the infectious agent is not expelled from the body as rapidly.

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Author: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Editors: Ivette Motola, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James Kimo Takayesu, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital.

CHC Medical Library and Patient Education: :Fish and shellfish poisoning."

SailNet: "Dangerous Seafood."

CDC: "Marine Toxins."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2018

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Author: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Editors: Ivette Motola, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James Kimo Takayesu, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital.

CHC Medical Library and Patient Education: :Fish and shellfish poisoning."

SailNet: "Dangerous Seafood."

CDC: "Marine Toxins."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2018

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