A member asked:

I'm taking otc caffeine/diuretic for competition; also imodium (loperamide) for the loose stools it cause. is that counterproductive? can i take both at same time?

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Neither: Dehydration and potential fluctuation in electrolytes could impact your performance.

Answered 5/1/2018

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Dr. Creighton Wright answered

Specializes in surgery

What started?: If constipation and that is resolved stop the meds. Fluids, prunes, bran and natural approach can be effective on preventing constipation. Right now your GI tract is confused!

Answered 8/4/2014

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Dr. Carrie Cannon answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Yes and Yes.: Doesn't sound like diarrhea will help you in your competition at all. Best to not take either and get plenty of rest and be well-prepared.

Answered 5/1/2018

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