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Dr. John Landi
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Attapulgite (Overview)

Attapulgite is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


Dr. John Landi
17 doctors shared insights

Attapulgite (Overview)

Attapulgite is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a kind of gastroenterology drug.


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Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, or kaopectate?

Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, or kaopectate?

Effective at which?: Kaopectate basically is pepto bismol. 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

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May I take attapulgite and loperamide at the same time when i get a diarrhea?

May I take attapulgite and loperamide at the same time when i get a diarrhea?

Attapulgite: Taken by mouth, it physically binds to acids and toxic substances in the stomach and digestive tract. Also, as an anti-diarrheal, it seems to work by adsorbing bacteria that may be causing diarrhea. Loperamide can be taken with it, although it is possible that the loperamide may be bound up by the attapulgite. Cannot find studies on this, but should not hurt. ...Read more

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What is the difference between activated attapulgite and zeolite?

What is the difference between activated attapulgite and zeolite?

Clays: Attapulgite is the familiar keopectate which is helpful for diarrhea. Something marketed as "zeolite" (for example, for cancer) is more likely to be a health fraud -- a few years back, there was a multi-level marketing scheme in "social conservative" circles in which a drop of the stuff in a water-softener was sold for $100/ounce as a phony cancer remedy. ...Read more

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May I take attapulgite and loperamide at the same time when i get a diarrhea?

Attapulgite: Taken by mouth, it physically binds to acids and toxic substances in the stomach and digestive tract. Also, as an anti-diarrheal, it seems to work by adsorbing bacteria that may be causing diarrhea. Loperamide can be taken with it, although it is possible that the loperamide may be bound up by the attapulgite. Cannot find studies on this, but should not hurt. ...Read more

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What dosage of kaopectate can I give a three year old?

What  dosage of kaopectate can I give a three year old?

Per pediatrician: If a 3 yr old is having diarrhea, then he/she needs to see the primary care pediatrician. Over the counter remedies are not recommended, they may mask an underlying problem. It is best to give fluids such as pedialyte for this age group, and if the diarrhea does not subside in a day or two then the pediatrician will guide you. The child will likely need stool testing to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Immodium vs kaopectate, which is better?

Healthtap: Doctors on healthtap are asked not to endorse particular products or product lines. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give kaopectate to a toddler?

Is it ok to  give kaopectate to a toddler?

No: We never recommend any medications to stop diarrhea. You may give florastor, which is a natural bacteria, and that may help the diarrhea resolve quicker. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Kaopectate (Definition)

Kaopectate is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a ...Read more