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Kieran and Denise's Blog of their adventure in Costa Rica. Start reading from the bottom if you want it to make sense.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Medicines we should have known about before we got here

Rifaximin Investigational drug rifaximin, a non-absorbed (less than .5%) antibiotic with few side effects and low potential for resistance, is effective in preventing travelers' diarrhea, an illness that affects up to 60 percent of international travelers. Until now, antimicrobial prophylaxis, while effective, has been discouraged because of side effects and the encouragement of resistance.

Wish we had some.

Calcium and Magnesium supplements have been shown to fight off the build up of Lactic Acid. Once we hit the hills on foot and bike we are going to wish we had some.

I read about this book, Trekers handbook, by Buck Tilden on the flight. Sounds like it will be a good read.