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Best Over The Counter Medication For Diarrhea
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.
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
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
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
I have had nausea for the past 8 days straight with no relief. I have tried several over the counter medications, eating a bland diet, ginger, flat soda etc...I have had diarrhea & feel somewhat dehydrated. The only thing outstanding in my most recent hea
GI symptoms: You have these symptoms for more than 1 week aleady, it is time to see your 1ry care physician. Feel better. Good luck. ...Read more
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
I have had diarrhea for 4 days. I have tried over-the-counter medicine with no results, what else should I do?
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
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
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
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
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
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
I believe I have a sinus infection but have not been to doctor now ive had diarrhea for 2 days what should I do? I am taking over the counter meds.
If the meds are not helping you please call your primary doctor.
What are the "over the counter"meds you are taking?
Please let me know. ...Read more
Fever, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, cold sweats, stomachache for the las 5 days it won't go away with over-the-counter medicine?
Fever etc.: Do not hesitate but please go to the nearest Emergency Room as soon as you can. ...Read more
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
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 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
I have tummy aches, diarrhea and nausea. I am 4 weeks pregnant. What can I take over the counter to help with it? Thanks
My mom had the stomach flu and since she had it two weeks ago she can't get rid of the diarrhea and the stomach cramps. Is there an over the counter?
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
Stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, I don't have money for dr and I missed school. Can someone please help with a dr note and something over the counter?
No: No doctor would give you a note without examining you. If you have a school nurse on campus, she/he may be able to help you on this matter. You did not mention how long this has been going on. If more than 3 days or getting much worse, you need to go to the emergency room to get checked. ...Read more
I have had really noisy gas bubbles with some cramping. And also some loose stools over a month now. I have taken over-the-counter medicine. What to d?
See a doctor: Provide a full history and undergo an exam and have your stool tested for cells, culture, parasites and possibly other factors. Cannot possibly diagnose this on the internet. ...Read more
Constipation for 5Days, no probs in past, 2nd day had over counter med I passed yellow diarrhea and not felt empty, since that I have passed nothing??
I have diarrhea and nausea. The only thing that helps the stomach pain is counter pressure. Could this be stomach flu or something more?
Not really! OTC Imodium (loperamide) for diarrrhea and folloe a clear fluid diet for 48 hours as follows:
NO SOLID FOODS FOR 48 HOURS
Force fluids: 8-10 glasses/day:
Electrolyte rich fluids- Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water
Protein rich fluids: broth bullion, consume.
AVOID ALL CITRUS JUICES: orange, grapefruit, pineapple, cranberry etc. ...Read more
I've had diarrhea for 6 weeks and OTC medication doesn't seem to help. Channged my diet but still the same. What else can I do? What is causing this?
See your doctor.: There are many possible causes of diarrhea, most of which are self-limited and resolve on their own in a week or two. Since yours has been going to longer, I think you should see your doctor to help sort out the problem. In the meantime, try increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and drinking plenty of fluids. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm 18 weeks pregnant. Very nauseous, vomiting, and diarrhea for roughly 5 hours. Any OTC medication that might help?! Phenergen allergy.
See your doc: There are several causes of these symptoms- some are dangerous. It's best to be evaluated by a gynecologist first. You don't want to miss conditions such as gallbladder inflammation, appendicitis or some infection that could lead to complications in your pregnancy. Hope this helps. ...Read more
A5yr/o girl known case hircshproung with total colonectomy. Developing diarrhea. What is the best drug for treatment?
Maybe nothing: Recent pull-down surgery? If so, contact her doctor. If not, and she had been having usually normal stools and now she's becoming dehydrated or has high fever, significant belly pain, or blood in stool, contact her doctor right away. This could be a viral infection also, in which case it will pass with no medication necessary. If you're not sure please contact her doctor. ...Read more
I've had diarrhea and stomach pain for a week. Comes in waves n OTC stuff takes the edge off at best. Worse w/movement n after meals. Thoughts? Pl n ty
See a doctor: You need to be examined and diagnosed and treated appropriately. This cannot be done long distance. See a professional. Good luck and hope you get better soon. ...Read more
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