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Antibiotics

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Tourists in Nepal tend to rush for antibiotics, but they shouldn’t be taken lightly: most tummy bugs cure themselves in around 48–72 hours, and antibiotics can increase susceptibility to other problems by killing off all organisms in the digestive system (yoghurt can replenish them to some extent, as can acidophilus tablets – also good for thrush and fungal infections). Some may cause allergic reactions or unpleasant side effects, and the more a particular antibiotic is used, the sooner organisms become resistant to it. It’s not a bad idea to travel with a course of the drugs mentioned here (especially as fake, badly stored and out-of-date drugs are not rare in Nepal), but make sure you have the correct dosages explained to you beforehand.

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