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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. Scott Keith
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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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Attapulgite did you hear this word?

Attapulgite: No I read it but could not hear it If we chat I can hear it and you can tell me what you mean. ...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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What is the dosage of Kaopectate for a three year old girl?

What is the dosage of Kaopectate for a three year old girl?

Not for that age: It is not recommended for that age. Dosing is for 12 years old and above. Younger age should not use this medication. ...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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Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, (loperamide) or kaopectate?

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

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

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Why does kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) change the color of your stool?

It is possible.: Stool may become black (or gray) with Kaopectate (kaolin and pectin). ...Read more

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Is it normal for kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) to turn your stool black?

Is it normal for kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) to turn your stool black?

No: B lack stool may indicate bleeding in the bowel and may be caused by something for which you were taking the med. ...Read more

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Need help with acid reflux, can't take zantac, (ranitidine) ppi's cuz it causes anxiety/nervousness. Is kaopectate good or something else?

Need help with acid reflux, can't take zantac, (ranitidine) ppi's cuz it causes anxiety/nervousness. Is kaopectate good or something else?

GERD: You can try sucralfate which is different class of medication. You have to cut down on advil, ibuprofen& pepto-bismol. They all cause gatric irritation and bleed. Too bad you can't take zantac (ranitidine) & ppi. They are very good meds. May be you want to try other member of these classes. Thanks. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Kaopectate (Definition)

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