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Giardia, flagyl resistance and quinacrine

Charles T. Faulkner ctfaulkn at utkux.utcc.utk.edu
Thu Jun 27 08:59:35 EST 1996

On Thu, 27 Jun 1996, colin semple wrote:

> A couple of cases of giardiasis have recently given us reason to suspect 
> flagyl resistance.   Previously most suspected resistance we could 
> attribute to non-compliance or reinfection.  Our problem is that quinacrine is 
> getting harder and harder to get.   Here in Canada, Tinidazole is not an 
> option.  Any other alternatives?  Any suggestions? 
	Do a Medline search for albendazole and giardia. I did that quite 
a few months back and found several references......mostly in developing 
countries, and in connection with school-age children.  An experimental 
trial of fenbendazole in canines (Am Jour Vet Res 55:988) showed 100% 
efficacy when dogs were treated 50mg/kg, PO q 24hr, 3 doses. FBZ is not 
approved for human use although it is safer than ABZ.  Good luck!

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