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Treatment of Campylobacter jejuni

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

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Antibiotic therapy is recommended mainly for the dysenteric Campylobacter gastroenteritis and most efficacious when started within 3 days after onset of the disease (1)

In children:

  • seek expert advice
    • preferred therapy – azithromycin
    • alternative agents - ciprofloxacin, vancomycin (2)

In an adult:

  • if systemically unwell and campylobacter suspected (such as undercooked meat and abdominal pain), consider clarithromycin 250mg to 500mg BD for 5 to 7 days, if treated early (within 3 days) (3)

Check the summary of product characteristics of drugs mentioned before prescribing.


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