Dipylidiasis Treatment & Management

Updated: Nov 25, 2015
  • Author: Venkat R Minnaganti, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Treatment

Medical Care

Dipylidiasis is more common in children and is usually asymptomatic.

The anthelmintic agents praziquantel and niclosamide are the preferred drugs for treatment of dipylidiasis. Ivermectin has no effect on D caninum.

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Diet

No specific dietary recommendations are necessary for patients with dipylidiasis, although a low-protein and lactose-free diet is advised until the symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhea have resolved.

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Activity

No activity restrictions are necessary.

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