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Are Anti Diuretics Recommended For Diarrhea In Gastroenteritis
Metronidazole: Amebic colitis is treated with flagyl(metronidazole) 750mg. By mouth three times a day for 5-10 days followed by a luminal (phenobarbital) agent--paromomycin 30 mg/kg/day in 3 divided doses per day for 5-10 days or diloxanide furoate 500 mg by mouth 3 times a day for 10 days. ...Read more
By strict definition, a diuretic is any medicine causing increased urination. More practically, a diuretic is a medicine causing the kidney to secrete excess fluid by blocking the re-absorption of either water itself or electrolytes like sodium (primarily), potassium, chloride and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). These medicines are effective treatments for many disorders including ...Read more
See a doctor: It is not safe to use over-the-counter antidiarrheals for chronic diarrhea without first seeing a doctor and being checked out. There are several serious conditions such as cronh's disease and celiac disease that need to be investigated if your doctor sees fit. The best thing to do in the meanwhile is to stay hydrated. Certain foods such as bread, bananas, rice etc can help. Avoid simple sugars. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 problems: Acute diverticulitis is commonly treated with antibiotic such as Flagyl and clindamycin, effective against anaerobic (lack of oxygen areas) bacteria. See prior answer for more details. Intestinal spasm can be a part of diverticulitis, but is really a problem unto itself. There is only one cause of pain in the lower GI tract: abd wall muscle spasm. This is underlying ibs, colon masses/obstruction. ...Read more
Are there any effective over-the-counter medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis?
Yes: Imodium (loperamide) a-d is available. Never use in children unless directed by your doctor (hardly any pediatrician will recommend). In older kids (over 12) and adults use cautiously only if diarrhea is watery, with no fever or abdominal pain and is causing dehydration (excessive loss of fluids) and you are not being able to drink enough back up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there IV drugs for ovarian cancer patients with low WBC count and severe diarrhea? (oral fluids/food not allowed)
Ovarian cancer: It sounds as if she needs IV fluids first. Then it needs to be known by she has diarrhea. Is it because of an infection (c. Diff) or a side effect o treatment (chemo causing diarrhea). Hydration is key to make sure she doesn't get sicker. The antibiotics and the anti-diarrheals are best when given orally. If she is having a lot of diarrhea, she should see her doctor or go to the er. ...Read more
What is more effective in PREVENTMENT/treatment of nausea and vomiting due to viral gastroenteritis? Metoclopramide or Zofran (ondansetron)?
Nausea~: hello~ Zofran is reserved for severe nausea that accompanies chemotherapy, so I would use something safer and first line like Compazine (prochlorperazine), (prochlorperazine) which would work better than metaclopamide, but metaclopamide can be used in mild cases.You will need to ask your doc for a script for Compazine (prochlorperazine). thanks ...Read more
To calm severe stomach flu-5 doses of kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and three capletes of anti diarrhea med cause black stool?
Yes: The active ingredient in kaopectate--bismuth subsalicylate--turns stool a dark color. It can turn green or black and can persist a few days after stopping the medicine. If the black color lasts beyond three days after the medicine or is very dark or tarry (blood can cuase this change), see a doctor. ...Read more
Gavilyte-g everyday for severe constipation unrelieved by other laxatives?? Is the sodium sulfate in this safe?
Usually safe.: When used under medical supervision, there are generally not many severe side effects. The dosage for daily use is quite small. If your doctor recommended, it may be worth a try. Good luck. ...Read more
I've seen different types of OTC laxatives (stimulant, saline, stool softeners, etc.). Which would be best for occasional treatment of constipation?
If occasional: it doesn't matter much what you take, but it sounds like you have a number of GI issues. The best way to treat constipation is to avoid it, but taking in adequate fluid and a good amount of fiber, preferably from natural sources (like fruits/vegetables with lots of roughage). Stimulant laxatives can lead to dependency, and I generally recommend avoiding them. Occasionaf milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) is ok. ...Read more
Effective at which?: Kaopectate basically is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Both have bismuth salicylic acid which may have some antibacterial properties. Both are Aspirin products though and cannot be given to children or pregnant women or those otherwise intolerant of aspirin. Immodium does not treat the root cause of the diarrhea but has great stopping power. It wins. ...Read more
Why are fiber type powders like psyllium or Metamucil not preferred over opiod agonists for improving acute diarrhea?
To calm severe stomach flu-5 doses of kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and three capletes of anti diarreha med cause black stool?
Some : Pepto bismol helps sometimes and if the nausea is due to acid reflux, things like zantac (ranitidine) or Prilosec otc could too. Ginger is said to help deal with nausea as well. Lifestyle changes like limiting alcohol and caffeine could be of benefit but my question is why do you have chronic nausea? I would suggest you visit your family doc or a GI as there could be something that needs treatment. ...Read more
Started taking harvoni, what are some recs over the side affect? for example more water or? many headaches . ty
Hepatitic C: Harvoni is an amazing new medication Ledipasvir-Sofosbuvir for the treatment of Hep C. Thus far in my practice I've put about 100 people through the treatment. Common side effects include fatigue, headache, nausea, diarrhea, and insomnia. Of these, the fatigue was reported by my patients more than any of the others. Stick with it...8 to 12 weeks and the cure rate is ~96%!!! ...Read more
Best Headache Meds: A 2014 study indicates that medication containing a combination of acetylsalicylic acid, (aspirin), acetaminophen(paracetamol), and caffeine is more effective than acetaminophen alone. http://thejournalofheadacheandpain.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/1129-2377-15-76 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get ivig q3wks for autoimmune and wondering if it'll help prevent influenza and gastroenteritis? Also on numerous meds plus prednisones and Zofran (ondansetron) daily
Probably: but on the other hand you are on prednisone too, which suppresses t cells, which has a multitude of functions in the immune sysytem other than helping produce antibodies, at any rate, confer with your doctor, play it safe, stay away from sick people, keep washing your hands and other universal precautions to guard against infection, goodluck ...Read more
What OTC medications are safe to take for headaches and colds when one has autoimmune hepatitis? No Tylenol, (acetaminophen) of course, but are other NSAIDs okay?
What's the difference between Immodium and Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) in terms of anti-diarrhea? Would either help with lower abdominal cramp + minor diarrhea?
Totally different: Imodium's active ingredient is loperamide, which slows down intestinal motility. Pepto-Bismol uses bismuth, which decreases secretions into the intestines. Slowing of the intestines can actually make cramping worse, and make it harder for the body to eliminate a GI infection, but may do a better job of preventing dehydration when vomiting is also present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you recommended taking some vitamins such as CoQ10, Vitamin E, C, B12, K2,D3, and probiotics and laxatives for constipation in Parkinson?
Also is sun exposure dangerous in PD in terms of increasing free radicals in body or is it good for Vit D?Thx
All except laxatives: are fine, though there is not much evidence that vit E is helpful. Except Exercise! That is apparently emerging as one of the most helpful things you can do for PD AND the good news for you is it also helps constipation. You should of course drink LOTS of fluids and eat fruits, veg, and fiber. If you must take a laxative, use a fiber laxative. Good luck! ...Read more
Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more