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What is Travellers' Diarrhoea?

Travellers' Diarrhoea is the main health problem for international travellers affecting over 50% of people. High risk destinations include most of South America, Africa, Asia and South East Asia. The symptoms are abdominal cramps, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting. In almost a third of cases, the symptoms will be severe enough to confine sufferers to bed. It can therefore seriously affect enjoyment of a holiday or effectiveness on a business trip.

All services provided by Anytime Doctor are safe, fast and confidential. You can obtain treatment within the privacy of your home and without the inconvenience of waiting for an appointment.

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  • Macrolide antibiotic to treat bacterial causes of travellers' diarrhoea
  • Recommended if you are travelling to Asia, South East Asia, South America or Africa
  • Works by containing the infection so your body’s immune system can fight it off
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  • Broad spectrum antibiotic to treat bacterial causes of travellers' diarrhoea - no longer available
  • Anytime Doctor no longer prescribes ciprofloxacin for traveller's diarrhoea - see latest recommendations
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Azithromycin Travellers' Diarrhoea Pack

  • Includes an oral antibiotic recommended if you are travelling to Asia, South East Asia, South America or Africa
  • Medicines to help ease the symptoms that often accompany diarrhoea
  • Dioralyte oral rehydration sachets to help prevent dehydration
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Ciprofloxacin Travellers' Diarrhoea Pack

  • Includes an oral antibiotic - no longer available
  • Anytime Doctor no longer prescribes ciprofloxacin for traveller's diarrhoea - see latest recommendations
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Medicines at a glance


Oral antibiotic to treat most bacterial causes of travellers' diarrhoea. To be taken with bottled water and over one hour before a meal, or over two hours after a meal. Not to be taken with alcohol.

No longer available
Take one tablet initially, followed by another tablet 12 hours later. To be taken with bottled water on an empty stomach. Do not take with dairy products or mineral fortified fruit juice e.g. calcium fortified orange juice.

Medicine to ease the symptoms of nausea. Take one tablet twice a day until your symptoms improve. This medicine is taken by putting a tablet inside you mouth and allowing it to dissolve on the gum.

Medicine to help control loose bowels. Take two tablets initially and then one tablet after each subsequent loose stool movement. Also known under the brand name Imodium.

Rehydration sachets to help prevent dehydration. Take one Dioralyte rehydration sachet after each loose stool. You need to mix the contents of one Dioralyte sachet with at least 200ml of bottled water.

Side Effects
  • nausea
  • diarrhoea
  • drowsiness
  • skin sensitivity to sunlight

The antibiotic can reduce the effectiveness of the oral contraceptive pill so you will need to take extra precautions during treatment and for seven days after treatment.

Please Note

All medication can cause side effects. Details of all side effects, including rare side effects to be aware of, are listed in the patient information leaflet (PIL). When completing your medical questionnaire it is very important that you answer the questions truthfully. This is to ensure your doctor has a full picture of your medical history before prescribing. List all medicines you are already taking, including non-prescription and herbal medicines.

Patient Information Leaflet

Azithromycin PIL

Ciprofloxacin PIL

Buccastem PIL

Loperamide PIL

Dioralyte PIL


You should not request this treatment service if you are allergic to azithromycin or if you have severe liver or kidney problems. This service is not suitable for women who are pregnant or breast feeding.


Your body should naturally overcome diarrhoea, diarrhoea treatment is used to accelerate the recovery process.

Looking after your medicine

Do not take medicines after the expiry date stamped on the pack. Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.

Medicines are only intended to be used by the person they are prescribed for. Do not give your prescribed medicine to anybody else, even if they have the same symptoms as you. Medicines can be harmful if used by anybody other than the person they have been prescribed for.

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Complete a free online medical consultation. Your answers provide our doctors with the information they need to safely recommend the right treatment for you.

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A doctor will review your consultation and, if it is safe to do so, approve you for treatment. Our doctors will suggest suitable treatment options, including dosage and treatment duration. Select your medicine and complete your order using our secure payment system.

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All prescriptions are sent electronically to our UK based partner pharmacy, ready for dispatch. Our partner pharmacy is regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council and only dispenses genuine branded medicines licensed for use in the UK.

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Medicines require a signature upon delivery. Most orders are dispensed and dispatched for delivery the next working day. All orders are sent using discrete packaging with no mention of Anytime Doctor or the parcel content. Upgrade to same day delivery for orders within the M25.

All of our prices are fully inclusive. When buying your treatment online our price includes the cost of the consultation, the issuing of a private prescription, dispensing of the medicine itself, free delivery and doctor after-care. There are no hidden extras.

We aim to offer you similar pattern of healthcare as if you were to visit your normal GP for a face to face consultation. We believe it is important that you complete a medical consultation to ensure that the treatment option you are requesting is appropriate for your needs. Our GMC registered doctors are also able to suggest treatment options for you if you prefer. Once a doctor has approved you for treatment all prices are clearly displayed. Your medical consultation and registration is free and you are under no obligation to purchase any treatment after your consultation.

In order to manage some conditions online, we are required to inform your GP about the medicine you have been prescribed. This will be clearly highlighted during your consultation. We will not contact or share this information with your GP without your consent. You are required to provide consent each time you order, so you remain in full control of when we contact your GP on your behalf.

Your Anytime Doctor medical record is confidential and securely stored on our UK data servers. We will never share your details unless you expressly ask us to do so.

The most common causes of holiday or travellers' diarrhoea are the different types of virus and bacteria at the destination. The local drinking water in particular is an obvious source of risk in many places and should, therefore, be completely avoided. Replace it with water from previously unopened bottles for drinking, as well as for cleaning teeth and making ice for drinks.

Approximately 40 per cent of all cases of travellers' diarrhoea are due to infections with ETEC (enterotoxin-forming Escherichia coli bacteria). It is also possible to be infected with other, more specific and unpleasant bacteria and parasites, such as:

  • cholera
  • typhoid fever
  • paratyphoid fever
  • salmonella
  • clostridia
  • yersinia
  • shigella
  • bacillus cereus
  • amoebae
  • giardia lamblia

Such infections will typically require medical treatment and possibly antibiotics.

The risk of suffering from diarrhoea is high, and estimates vary from 30 to 80 per cent of travellers. It rises among other things with the exotic nature of the destination, the climate (particularly in the tropics) and poor general and personal hygiene. But stomach infections can occur anywhere in the world, and unpleasant bacteria also flourish in the UK (for example salmonella, campylobacter and listeria).

The majority of cases will calm down within five to eight days and do not require any drug treatment. However you are strongly advised to seek medical help if you develop any of the following danger signals.

Bloody diarrhoea may be seen in several diseases, but on certain trips consideration must be given to the possibility of shigella dysentery and amoebic dysentery in particular. Shigella dysentery (bacillary dysentery) occurs quite suddenly and typically causes many (10-25) bloody episodes of diarrhoea a day, a high temperature, gastric pain, and pain on defaecation (tenesmus). The immediate danger is weight loss (through dehydration). The treatment will typically be a quinolone antibiotic, e.g. ciprofloxacin. Amoebic dysentery typically arises more slowly and is not associated with fever. It requires full treatment with metronidazole to exclude the possibility of late complications, such as liver disease.

High fever is seen in many infectious conditions and is not a danger signal in itself. But in places where more exotic infections are possible, including malaria, medical assistance should be sought in the case of a high fever or poor general condition.

Diarrhoea with yellowish or greenish mucus

Dehydration arising if the patient is unable to drink sufficiently, which may be apparent for example from dark and scant urine production, lethargy or even confusion, and dry mucous membranes (lips and tongue).

Acute diarrhoea in infants and young children, the elderly and anyone else who is already weak or ill.

How our service works

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    Complete a free online consultation

  2. 2

    Choose your preferred treatment

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    Prescription issued by a GMC registered doctor

  4. 4

    Medicine delivered the next day

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  • Genuine medication prescribed and dispensed by UK GPs and pharmacy
  • Free next day UK delivery
  • Discrete service, no face to face appointments needed
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