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can I take imodium if I have a stomach bug

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajiv Pramanik
20 years experience Family Medicine
Slow down healing: It may slow down your clearance of the irritant. This is why in children we avoid anti-diarrhea medications.
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Dr. Martin Fried
36 years experience General Practice
Yes: Immodium slows down the flow of contents through the intestinal tract. In many cases, the best practice is to keep fluids in and let the body get rid ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Miller
10 years experience Family Medicine
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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sudeshan Govender
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Can take the medazine and Imodium with hydrate solutions and bed rest . If not settling, please see your family physician.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
44 years experience Family Medicine
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
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Blind loop syndrome: May be overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria in the defunctionalized loop of the roux n y. May need a course of antibiotic so see your PMD immediately
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
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 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
17 years experience Pediatrics
Gastroenteritis: Yes it does. I normally don't recommend taking Immodium if you can avoid it, bc if you had food poisoning you can trap the bacteria inside you and ca ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Simon
38 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes.: Any side effects will,be minimized by your condition. I assume you are not pregnant.
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