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How to stop diarrhea?

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Dr. Martin Raff answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Depends: This is strictly determined by the cause of the diarrhea. Without seeing you, obtaining a history and doing an exam of you and the stools, there is no easy way to diagnose and treat you. See a doctor.

Answered 4/17/2016

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Dr. Charles Cattano answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

What's the cause?: "plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call your doctor please and get checked.

Answered 12/10/2017

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Dr. Sidney Vinson answered

Specializes in Gastroenterology

Imodium (loperamide): Imodium (loperamide) is an excellent over the counter treatment for diarrhea. Most diarrhea will resolve in 1-2 days without treatment. For chronic diarrhea (lasting more than a week), bloody diarrhea, or diarrhea associated with high fever, vomiting and weight loss you should see your doctor.

Answered 6/25/2014

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Dr. Taylor Pollei answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Loperamide: From a basic, over the counter anti-diarrheal perspective, loperamide worlks great. It is important however, to diagnose the real source of the diarrhea, from a simple food intolerance or viral infection to something more severe.

Answered 7/28/2014

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Dr. Rama Harouni answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Depends: It all depends on what is the reason for the diarrhea. Generally bulking agents like Metamucil are helpful for diarrhea related to irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics are also helpful.

Answered 1/20/2018

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Dr. Michael Sparacino answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

See your doctor: See your doctor. Before stopping it, we have to know what's causing it.

Answered 10/12/2012

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