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Is imodium better for diarrhea than Pepto Bismol

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48 years experience Pathology
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A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Assess your diet: Imodium (loperamide) is a motility modifier.It takes the number of squeeze messages in the gut & slows them down, so things are pushed along slowe ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
You want to: avoid "rebound" CONSTIPATION..Imodium (loperamide) is ENOUGH..don't use PEPTO along with it! Stay hydrated and you can EAT the following Applesauce ... Read More
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Dr. Mary Engrav
30 years experience Emergency Medicine
The : The Imodium (loperamide) is a good idea. A small amount of gatorade can be helpful, but too much can worsen diarrhea because of the glucose content. ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Fluids/Tylenol/Pepto: First of all you need fluids and if you are vomiting what you drink you may have to consult doctor to take something to stop the vomiting or IV fluids ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marino Tavarez
Specializes in Family Medicine
For diarrhea: I find Imodium (loperamide) is more effective
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
??-Pepto: Bismuth subsalicylate, sold under the brand name Pepto-Bismol, is an antacid medication used to treat temporary discomforts of the stomach and gastroi ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Matos
44 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
It depends : For diarrhea, pepto is best. For nausea, emetrol is best.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience Gastroenterology
See GI MD: 5 days is just too long for "indigestion". The possibilities are numerous but include ulcer disease and gallbladder issues for starters...
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. KT Park
Dr. KT Park answered
15 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Anti-diarrheal meds: Depends on the individual and the situation. With heart-burn like symptoms, kaopectate is good at coating the upper intestinal tract - equivalent to p ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Connie Topliff
27 years experience Family Medicine
It's controversial. : It used to be thought it was better to let your system 'cleanse itself ' without medication, but studies have shown this to not be true. Pepto bismol ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
44 years experience Travel Medicine
Effective at which?: Kaopectate basically is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Both have bismuth salicylic acid which may have some antibacterial properties. Both are ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
When appropriate:: With travel to places where bacterial diarrhea is common. For viral diarrhea, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) alone is better.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Not indicated: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) is not indicated in children because it vontains salicylates which has been indicated in reyes syndrome which can ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neelesh Tipnis
23 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Imodium (loperamide) not for acid: Imodium (loperamide) is an opiod (narcotic) antagonist. It is designed to help decrease the contractions of the muscles of the stomach, intestine and ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Shukhman
30 years experience Addiction Medicine
Yes: The shape of the Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) molecule is similar to opioid molecules, and thus sits on the same receptors. All opiods slow bow ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
44 years experience Travel Medicine
Aspirin Toxicity: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause some Aspirin like effects such as easy bleeding or bruising (though this is quite rare), ringing of the ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Antacid better: Personally I have never been fond of Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) mainly due to its annoying side effect of making your stools turn black whic ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Generally yes.: Apart from Aspirin hypersensitivity, the only major issues with normal doses are discolored (black) stools, potential constipation (it is used for dia ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience Gastroenterology
Yes: There does not appear to be any drug=drug interactions between the two.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Imodium (loperamide): Try using probiotic instead of imodium (loperamide).
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronnie Smith
45 years experience Gastroenterology
I would recommend : Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Caution, it will turn your stool dark or black!
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