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I have minor diarreah&stomach cramping what's the best otc med i can get at the local cvs. ive taken one dose of max strength pepto but not working?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 46 years experience
I recommend: loperamide/Imodium to my patients for diarrhea. This slows transit time within the bowel. Cautions include not using if you are pregnant/breast-feeding, checking the label for other medications that might interact including antibiotics, and not having bloody diarrhea/mucus in stool, etc. Read and follow label carefully and exactly. Good wishes:)
Dr. Ajay Acharya
A Verified Doctoranswered
38 years experience
Patience: Take pepto once per each BM or three times a day. Hydrate yourself
Dr. Bradford Romans
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Imodium (loperamide) works well: for diarrhea/cramps.Remember to rehydrate with gatoraid.If fever,bloody diarrhea,or severe and pain develops,U must c doc.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
That depends: If you have a stomach virus, the true treatment is Rest and Clear liquids (Water, light iced tea,etc.). If you take an anti-diarrheal, you may leave the virus in your system longer. If it persists for more than 2 days with rest, clear liquids, than slowly increasing to a soft "BRAT" diet, then see your Dr.

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