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A 54-year-old female asked:

How to stop diarrhea?

6 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
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.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
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.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
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.
Dr. Taylor Pollei
Facial Plastic Surgery 13 years experience
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.
Dr. Rama Harouni
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
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.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
See your doctor: See your doctor. Before stopping it, we have to know what's causing it.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

I am having some diarrhea. What to do to make it stop?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Possibilities...: First define the problem (soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea develops (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals/infections, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), ; duration. The "cure" depends on the above.
Last updated Feb 20, 2018

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