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Taking imodium with stomach bug

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajiv Pramanik
Family Medicine 20 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
General Practice 36 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

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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 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 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sudeshan Govender
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Yes: Can take the medazine and Imodium with hydrate solutions and bed rest . If not settling, please see your family physician.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 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 44 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 56 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 17 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 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
May not: Probiotics most likely don't prevent viral intestinal infections, but may lessen and/ or shorten the symptoms of cramping and diarrhea. They may also... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Infectious Disease 14 years experience
Yes: There is always a "stomach bug" around; most recently, there was a fairly widespread outbreak of norovirus.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
This won't stop it : But it will help. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids with bland food... Read More

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