Antimalarial use linked to irritable bowel

Doxycycline has been linked to the development of irritable bowel syndrome in Australians who use the drug for malaria prophylaxis.

Gastroenterologists have called for more research into possible links between the tetracycline antibiotic and chronic gastroenteritis after they found a sevenfold higher rate of IBS in members of the Australian Federal Police who used the drug on overseas deployments.

However, in a study published in the Internal Medicine Journal this week they warn against