Travellers' Diarrhoea

Travellers' diarrhoea is a disorder that affects the digestive tract. It usually occurs when you eat or drink something you are unfamiliar with. See our range of antidiarrheal medications below.

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Where can you get travellers' diarrhoea?

Travellers' diarrhoea usually occurs when people travel to places that have different climates and sanitary practises. Places that affect people the most include Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa and most of Asia.

How is travellers' diarrhoea treated?

If you have a mild case of travellers' diarrhoea, it may resolve on its own after a few days of eating bland foods that you are already familiar with. Antidiarrhoeal medicines can stop you from needing to go to the toilet as often and can be very useful to have when travelling.

of travellers may be affected by travellers' diarrhoea around the world

According to, it is estimated that 20-60% of travellers will be affected by travellers' diarrhoea.

of travellers' diarrhoea cases are caused by bacteria

According to NICE, bacteria are the most common cause of travellers' diarrhoea and are thought to account for 80-90% of cases.

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“Travellers' Diarrhoea is a common problem for travellers to developing countries. It is usually caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. The best way to avoid Travellers' Diarrhoea is to be careful about what you eat and drink while you are travelling. If your symptoms are severe, or if you have bloody diarrhoea, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. These could be signs of a more serious infection, and you may need antibiotics to treat the infection!”

Dr Sameer Nakedar
MBBS (London), MRCGP, PGCert
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How long after eating do you get travellers' diarrhoea?

Symptoms will typically appear within 6-24 hours after an infection caused by bacteria or a virus.

What are the symptoms of travellers' diarrhoea?

Travellers' diarrhoea is defined as when you have 3 or more bouts of loose, watery poo in a 24 hour period.

How long does it take to receive my order?

All orders placed before 14:00 from Monday to Friday will be dispatched that day. The orders are sent using 24 Hour Tracked delivery provided by Royal Mail. Items will usually arrive the very next day after the order has been placed. We also provide tracking for your orders to check the status and location of your parcel.

How is the medication packaged?

All our medication is packaged in plain confidential padded white or brown envelopes. This ensures that your orders are discreet, and the content of the orders will be for your eyes only.

Can I return my order?

For non-medicinal products, you are eligible to return the product within 14 days of receipt in the same packaging you received. For medicinal products, you are eligible to cancel the order only until it has been dispatched. From that point forward, you are no longer eligible to return the order.

Is this medication suitable for me?

Please get in touch with a doctor if you are unsure what medication is suitable for you. You can also complete our online consultation form to check your eligibility for the product.

How long does travellers' diarrhoea last?

The symptoms usually last between 3-5 days on average.

What can I do to avoid traveller's diarrhoea?

Keeping good hygiene is an important way of avoiding travellers' diarrhoea. Other ways of avoiding it include:

Drinking bottled water instead of water from the tap
Using bottled water when brushing your teeth

Avoiding ice in your drinks

Trying not to swallow water when swimming

Washing hands with soap before every meal

Make sure your food has been thoroughly cooked

Avoid foods that may contain uncooked eggs

Avoid fruits and vegetables with damaged skin.

What is an online consultation?

An online consultation checks if you are eligible to purchase the product. Some products only require an online consultation which approximately takes 1 minute to complete, enabling you to buy the product. Other products will also require a prescription; in this case, you will need to complete the online consultation, and then one of our partner pharmacy prescribers or doctors will review the online consultation questions and approve the order for delivery if you are eligible to purchase the item.

When will my order be delivered?

If you have placed an order before 14:00 Monday to Friday, you will receive the order the next day.

Can I cancel my order?

You have the right to cancel your order for medication up to the point when your medication is dispatched.

Can I order this if I am under 18 years old?

No, we do not accept orders from individuals under 18. All orders must be placed by adults only.