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What is the best over the counter medication for diarrhea and stomach cramping? The cramping is very painful and the diarrhea is very persistent. Like every 3 minutes.

What is the best over the counter medication for diarrhea and stomach cramping? The cramping is very painful and the diarrhea is very persistent. Like every 3 minutes.

Imodium (loperamide): Imodium (loperamide) is the standard but please consult with your primary doctor before use. Not all diarrheal illnesses can be treated safely with such medications. Sometimes it's best to let the diarrhea run its natural course ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

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


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I am having a lot of diarrhea and I just recently found out I am pregnant. What medication over the counter is safe that I can take? Thanks!

I am having a lot of diarrhea and I just recently found out I am pregnant. What medication over the counter is safe that I can take? Thanks!

Hydration: Fortunately most cases of diarrhea do not require medication as they quickly resolve. Cases that do not resolve should be investigated by your doctor. Staying hydrated is key. ...Read more

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Are there any effective over-the-counter medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis?

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 more

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Any good over-the-counter remedies for a child aged 13 years with diarrhea?

Any good over-the-counter remedies for a child aged 13 years with diarrhea?

Clear liquids: At the onset of diarrhea you may just want to increases his fluids. Most often diarrhea is caused by some viral illness. When keeping sufficient fluids down you can offer bland foods. Most diarrhea does not require medicines. If goes on for longer than expected see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had diarrhea for 4 days. I have tried over-the-counter medicine with no results, what else should I do?

I have had diarrhea for 4 days. I have tried over-the-counter medicine with no results, what else should I do?

Diet: Are you still eating any kind of food. Sometimes di=airy products and rich in fats food can cause more diarrhea. Also is? The diarrhea fowl smelly, bloody, a lot of fat
0r just plain watery, check your hydration status, fluid intake. Is you are doing everything right contact your physician. ...Read more

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I have had diarrhea for five days now and been taking over-the-counter medicine but it's not helping. When should I contact my dr?

I have had diarrhea for five days now and been taking over-the-counter medicine but it's not helping. When should I contact my dr?

Diarrhea: Ok first avoid the anti diarrhea medications such as immodium. They can make the diarrhea last longer. Use a brat diet (banana, rice, apple sauce tea, toast). Avoid dairy products as some infections cause short term lactose intolerance. Reasons to contact an md are blood in stool or dizziness that can suggest dehydration. ...Read more

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I have diarrhea that won't go away. I've taken various over-the-counter things to stop but it keeps coming. What can I do temporarily to stop?

Go 2 the doctor!: To rule out infectious diarrhea. If you have Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter or Clostridium difficile or infection, using medication to reduce diarrhea can be life threatening. See a doctor right away. After you have been evaluated and proven to have a non-infectious, non-inflammatory diarrhea, then your doctor will recommend a treatment. You need a dignosis before a treatment can be prescibed ...Read more

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Is there anything over-the-counter you can give a 10 month old baby for diarrhea?

Is there anything over-the-counter you can give a 10 month old baby for diarrhea?

Pedialyte: There is not an appropriate medication to treat the symptoms of diarrhea in a 10 month old baby. However, the danger of diarrhea is dehydration. If your baby has diminished urine prodution or dry mouth or other signs of dehydration you will need to give fluids speciallay balanced to promote re-hydration such as pedialyte. If you are concerned about dehydration call your doctor. ...Read more

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Been dealing with ibs with diarrhea for years. On again and off again. Going through a spell now. What can I take daily to help over the counter?

Been dealing with ibs with diarrhea for years. On again and off again. Going through a spell now. What can I take daily to help over the counter?

Trial and error: Since this has been a problem, you probably know which foods are triggers for your IBS. Frequently, these include caffeine, tobacco, lactose, fructose, gluten, legumes. Loperamide is an otc anti-diarrheal agent that can help to decrease pain and urgency as well. Let your doctor know if you begin using it. ...Read more

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Dx with c.diff. Taking antibiotics, is there anything over-the-counter that's safe to help relieve symptoms? Still got diarrhea and pain 4 days later

Dx with c.diff. Taking antibiotics, is there anything over-the-counter that's safe to help relieve symptoms? Still got diarrhea and pain 4 days later

Not recommended: Anti diarrhea meds, for example Imodium, (loperamide) are specifically contraindicated in infectious diarrhea since they will prolong your disease. Best will be to abstain as much as possible from eating at least for couple of days, still drinking as much as possible to avoid dehydration. For this reason most of C diff cases are treated in the hospital. ...Read more

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I am 5 month pregnant I have a virus or something I am vomiting diarrhea & nausea is their a over-the-counter meds I can take n/a

I am 5 month pregnant I have a virus or something I am vomiting diarrhea & nausea is their a over-the-counter meds I can take n/a

Hello,: Hello, try eating a small amount of crystalized ginger. Or, try shaving some fresh ginger into a tea pot and add boiling water, steep at least 5 minutes before sipping it. This is a very old, natural remedy used by the chinese for centuries. Hope you feel better soon. If you find that your resting pulse is elevated, you feel weak upon getting up - these can be signs that you have become dehydrated. Try to hydrate with water. If you can't keep up with fluid loss, you might require intravenous hydration. Take care. ...Read more

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I have been really noshes, diarrhea, no fever, sines pain and so tiered. For 2 weeks I have tried everything over the counter? Is there any thing I should ask or talk to my doctor about?

I have been really noshes, diarrhea, no fever, sines pain and so tiered. For 2 weeks I have tried everything over the counter? Is there any thing I should ask or talk to my doctor about?

In: In a situation such as this when symptoms last beyond two weeks and nothing is working, you are right in seeing your doctor. I am glad you asked, "is there any thing I should ask or talk to my doctor about? " when you visit your doctor he/she will ask specific questions about your symptoms; the questions are very directed and focused on making differential diagnoses (possible causes of your symptoms). Therefore you should not feel obligated to ask anything specific or give an opinion on what you think is wrong. It is the doctors job to figure out what is wrong by the detailed questions and physical exam and testing if deemed necessary.
I hope you are well by now. ...Read more

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I have tummy aches, diarrhea and nausea. I am 4 weeks pregnant. What can I take over the counter to help with it? Thanks

I have tummy aches, diarrhea and nausea. I am 4 weeks pregnant. What can I take over the counter to help with it? Thanks

Hydration: Most stomach illness resolves quickly. Hydration is key. If it does not resolve in a day or two let your doctor know so an evaluation can be done. ...Read more

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I'm 18 weeks pregnant. I ate something last night that upset my stomach, so now I have diarrhea and stomach ache. What over-the-counter med can I take?

I'm 18 weeks pregnant. I ate something last night that upset my stomach, so now I have diarrhea and stomach ache. What over-the-counter med can I take?

OTC meds: Do not know what symptoms you wish to relieve, but the best thing to do is to ask your friendly pharmacist for advice. They will be able to check their computer for issues in each compound relating to pregnancy. Glad you are thoughtful about your baby. You will have a great one. Best. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more