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Can I take imodium if I have a stomach bug

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajiv Pramanik
21 years experience
Slow down healing: It may slow down your clearance of the irritant. This is why in children we avoid anti-diarrhea medications.
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
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
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
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 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics 18 years experience
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
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Simon
A Verified Doctoranswered
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 39 years experience
Yes.: Any side effects will,be minimized by your condition. I assume you are not pregnant.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Depends on details: A simple tummy ache with symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, whether at home or traveling, may be from a virus infection, bacteria infection,... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Storfer
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Generally 2-3 days: The actual incubation period depends on the virus but in general the time between exposure and symptoms with an intestinal virus is 48-72 hours.
A male asked:
Dr. Lori Lange
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: You are likely still getting over the virus. Give it a week and continue to take the protonix as before you got sick. If not better or need quicker r... Read More