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Whats attapulgite ?

Whats attapulgite ?

Clay for diarrhea: This is a time-tested medicine better known as kaopectate (kaolin and pectin). ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Attapulgite (Definition)

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


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Is it ok to take kaopectate if it expired 8 2016?

Okay: It is not likely to do any harm. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...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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Kaopectate vs imodium (loperamide) which is better?

Anti-diarrheal meds: Depends on the individual and the situation. With heart-burn like symptoms, kaopectate is good at coating the upper intestinal tract - equivalent to pepto-bismul. Imodium (loperamide) is a synthetic anti-diarrheal medicine. If you're having diarrhea from a virus or soiled food etc, let the diarrhea pass without taking meds - drink plenty of fluids / hydrate. If chronic of on-going, see a gastroenterologist. ...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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Immodium vs kaopectate, (kaolin and pectin) which is better?

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

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Can i give a 5 year old kaopectate (kaolin and pectin)?

Can i give a 5 year old kaopectate (kaolin and pectin)?

Diarrhea: in children is common and usually self resolving with a few extra dietary supports. STOPPING the diarrhea (the body's way of eliminating the offending infection) with medications can be dangerous in children. Supplement with an electrolyte solution (few ounces) after every loose stool, avoid of sugary foods/drinks like juices, and increase binding foods (bananas, rice, toast) . ...Read more

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Is it ok to give kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) to a toddler?

Is it ok to  give kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) 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

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What dosage of kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) can I give a three year old?

What  dosage of kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) 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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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Kaopectate (Definition)

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