Giardiasis is an infection caused by Giardia lamblia (also known as Giardia). Giardia is a parasite found in water, food, soil, or on surfaces contaminated with feces from an infected person or animal. Giardia can survive outside the body for weeks or even months, and has been found in every region of the US and around the world.
In the United States, giardiasis tends to peak in summer and decline in winter. When more individuals participate in outdoor recreational activities there is a higher incidence of infection—sometimes even twofold.
A confirmed diagnosis is generally made by examining a prepared stool sample under a microscope in a laboratory. Individuals can expect to submit a series of samples over several days.
Supporting Patients with Giardia
Once ingested, the parasite lives in the human intestines and commonly causes diarrhea. Gas, stomach cramps or pain, upset stomach, greasy stool, and nausea are also symptoms of Giardia infection. However, some individuals become infected but are asymptomatic – that is, they show no symptoms.
Symptoms typically begin to show one to three weeks after infection and can last up to six weeks or longer.
LeMed Pharmacy has extensive experience providing support services for patients fighting infections. We will work closely with your healthcare provider to ensure that you are on the right medication to meet your needs. Some medications can be costly, but we will work with your insurance company to obtain prior authorizations (if applicable) to have them covered under your benefit plan, and/or work with you to connect you to support groups and financial assistance programs as needed.
LeMed Specialty Pharmacy is committed to helping remove all barriers to your treatment. Our team, including our Clinically trained Pharmacists are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To best support you, we offer free blister packing to promote adherence, refill reminder calls from our team of Patient Care Coordinators, financial assistance, and free delivery service.