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Is it safe to use anti-diarrhea medication while pregnant?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: Over the counter anti diarrhea medications are safe to use. If your diarrhea is not going away after about 48 hours, you should see your doctor.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
I don't recommend: In many cases, the way your body gets rid of the germ or substance that's causing the diarrhea to begin with is to poop it out. By using anti-diarrheals you're keeping that cause inside you, and possibly prolonging the illness. Rather, keep yourself well hydrated, avoid excessive fat or sugar which can cause more diarrhea, and take a daily probiotic to help heal your guts. You'll be better off.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take medication for diarrhea while pregnant?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Yes: It is safe to take loperamid (immodium), but avoid bismuth-containing products like pepto-bismol, they contain salicylates which is an Aspirin compound and should be avoided during pregnancy.

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