Post # 1
I am going on Holiday at the end of January to Mexico (yay!)…but last time I went to Dominican Republic I got the worst travellers diarrhea ever…I think it has even had something to do with the IBS I currently suffer from.
Anyways, I am petrified of getting that sick again and was considering taking Dukoral or Cipro. Any Bees out there who has any experience with these drugs and if they work?
Post # 3
I took Cipro when I had a UTI. It is pretty serious and knocked it out but it also gave me a yeast infection. Are you talking about taking these before getting sick? Because the side effects from them might bother you as much as a stomach bug.
Post # 4
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I know Dukoral you take for prevention but I was going to fill a prescription for Cipro and bring with me and if it hits I have it.
SO thats my questions, Dukoral to prevent or Cipro in case and do they work? What works better?
Post # 5
I’m in my last year of pharmacy school, so here’s my non-licensed opinion, lol. The Dukoral is a vaccine for cholera. It works for E. coli diarrhea since the cholera toxin and the E. coli toxin are almost the same structure…. so your body will attack the E. coli tox and you should’t get diarrhea. Not all travellers diarrhea is caused by E. coli… it can be viruses (which nothing but time will fix) and some other types of bacteria. If you know you get diarrhea, I’d try the dukoral and bring cipro with you just in case since it will kill E. coli and other common GI tract bugs. Cipro is usually pretty cheap… I’m not sure about Dukoral though. I haven’t seen it filled in a while. Dukoral usually doesn’t have any bad side effects. Cipro can make you nauseous, but not everyone is bothered by it. If you have to take the cipro, make sure to wear extra sunscreen.
Oh, as for which is better…. It’s hard to say since they are so different. It’s always better to not get diarrhea than get it and have to treat it…. but there’s no guarantee that you’ll avoid it with dukoral.
Post # 6
We took Dukoral before we went on our cruise to Mexico, Jamaica and Grand Caymen – and did not get sick……so we HIGHLY recommend Dukoral. We ordered it from a pharmacy in Vancouver – and we live in Texas – it came refrigerated…..you have to start taking it two weeks before you leave (one dose) and the second dose one week before you leave….so plan in advance…..I understand in Canada you can buy it over the counter……we are going to Victoria next April and will take it again as a boost dose – seems to work extremely well…….
Post # 7
Take Dukoral – we highly recommend it especially for Mexico – I posted blog for you to read – we are from Texas @missjewels:
Post # 8
I took cipro with me when I spent a month in Peru/Bolivia. But I didn’t need to take it, I didn’t get sick. I haven’t ever taken Dukoral. The travel clinic didn’t recommend it (I did have to get a bunch of vaccines – Yellow Fever, and a bunch of boosters.) We were going to some pretty remote areas, hence why I took a full script with me. There were times we were quite a ways from a pharmacy. Have you spoken to your doc?