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Can I take imodium for stomach flu

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Stay hydrated: When fighting the "stomach flu" (which is not always influenza), the most important thing is to stay hydrated. Take small sips of water and/or dilute ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Loperamide: Loperamide is an opioid-receptor agonist in the myenteric plexus of the large intestine; by itself it does not affect the central nervous system. It ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Immodium: Immodium is an excellent symptomatic treatment for diarrhea, only for diarrhea, and one should not use it if there is blood in your diarrhea. It will ... Read More
Dr. Syed H. Sajid
General Adult Psychiatry; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 1 yr. Fellowship), sees all types of patients for Medication Management from ages 6-99yo 30 years experience
Maynot need Immodium: It depends on the cause of the diarrhea. If someone develop salmonellosis or infection caused by salmonella bacteria, just drinking fluids and eating ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Gastroenteritis: Acute GI illness most commonly either viral infection or food poisoning with a preformed toxin. Both are most commonly self-limited and if you have no... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Diarrhea : You can take immodium if you are not feverish. If there is any fever, bleeding or signs of dehydration please get to a medical advisor.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 21 years experience
No meds - fluids: Lots of fluids, esp fluids with salts to prevent dehydration - either oral or IV if needed. Symptomatic management.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. EMILIA MATOS
45 years experience
Fluids: Clear fluids, not to much sugars.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Commonly used anti-nausea med to allow oral hydration when have viral GI illnesses (/"stomach flu").
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce Martin
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Might back fire: Reglan (metoclopramide) is a prokinetic, meaning it makes the gut move faster. It can make it move faster one way or the other . So if you are havin... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Baney
Family Medicine 25 years experience
3-5 days: Assuming you have a true viral gastroenteritis usually 3- 5 days. If any blood in stool or vomit call your doctors immediately.