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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 took prunelax this morning for my major constipation and now I'm experiencing major diarrhea that won't stop, how can I make it stop? : (

I took prunelax this morning for my major constipation and now I'm experiencing major diarrhea that won't stop, how can I make it stop? : (

Don't. . .: If you were to 'take something' to make it stop, you may end-up back where you started--with constipation. You simply need to allow it to 'wear off'. Drink plenty of fluids to reduce the chance of mild dehydration. Also, if you have constipation type IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), there are treatments that your doctor may be able to offer you. Best of luck.

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Flu-like symptoms along with diarrhea that won't stop, what to do?

Flu-like symptoms along with diarrhea that won't stop, what to do?

Sx relief: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest.

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I took a laxative/ bisacodyl 5mg and now a have diarrhea that won't stop and I had mucus in my stoop is that normal?

I took a laxative/ bisacodyl 5mg and now a have diarrhea that won't stop and I had mucus in my stoop is that normal?

Bisacodyl: Bisacodyl stimulates enteric nerves to cause colonic mass movements. It is also a contact laxative, increasing salt and liquid secretion. This dose should not have produced continuous diarrhea with mucous. Why does a normal 24 yo woman need laxatives, and what else may be going on? See a GI doctor if this does not clear up in next day or so.

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I just took 5 immodium and my diarrhea won't stop, I have to travel 3.5 hours, will I be okay if I take one lomotil?

I just took 5 immodium and my diarrhea won't stop, I have to travel 3.5 hours, will I be okay if I take one lomotil?

Diarrhea treatment: Imodium is the generic name of lomotil. They are exactly the same thing. Now as to what is causing your diarrhea. I am not sure, but you should be seen by a sharp internist and sit down with him/her and give a good history and a good physical and some appropriate lab work. Then you can decide about your European travel plans!

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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?

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

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My son has been having diarrhea for 6 days. The dr prescribed him some meds to make it stop but it hasn't?

My son has been having diarrhea for 6 days. The dr prescribed him some meds to make it stop but it hasn't?

No meds: I generally do not give any medication for diarrhea because this is the body flushing out what is causing the problem in the first place. Occasionally antibiotics are used if there is a worsening situation with a bacterial diarrhea that is causing bloody stool and fever. If the number of bowel movements a day is decreasing and he is drinking and eating you usually need no medication. Good luck.

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How to stop diarrhea?

How to stop diarrhea?

What's the cause?: "plugging up" diarrhea will not cure an infection, fix an inflammatory process, improve an ischemic gut, or correct a functional issue. Medical evaluation is recommended appropriate to the duration of your symptoms, associations (bleeding, weight loss, pain, vomiting), as well as your other medical co-morbidities. Call your doctor please and get checked.

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How to stop diarrhea?

How to stop diarrhea?

Depends: It all depends on what is the reason for the diarrhea. Generally bulking agents like metamucil are helpful for diarrhea related to irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics are also helpful.

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What can you do to stop diarrhea?

Loperamide: From a basic, over the counter anti-diarrheal perspective, loperamide worlks great. It is important however, to diagnose the real source of the diarrhea, from a simple food intolerance or viral infection to something more severe.

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Any tips on how to stop diarrhea?

Any tips on how to stop diarrhea?

Increase Fiber: Try altering your diet, starting with increasing fiber. If diarrhea persists, get evaluated as bacterial causes, viral causes, and certain medical causes such as ibs-d may all be treated a little differently, . ..So it is importatn to get the proper dignosis for the proper treatment.

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What is the best way to stop diarrhea?

What is the best way to stop diarrhea?

STOP EATING: Solid foods and do liquids only. That works 87% of the time just by itself, even w/out anything else.

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How do you stop diarrhea in a year old?

DIARRHEA In Children: Mostly caused by virus, self limiting, resolve by 3 to 5 or 7d. If severe or continues more than 2 weeks, see the doc. Don't use medicine e.g. Kaopactate etc. To stop diarrhea, bc these medicines stop bowel movement so the organisms stay in the intestine, releases toxin and child get toxic. Use pedialyte, probiotics/yogort, bananna, rice, chicken soup, crackers etc. If chronic- need evaluation.

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What can I get to stop me from diarrhea?

Difficult to tell.: Acute diarrhea usually responds to over the counter meds like Imodium (loperamide) ad. Most of the time antibiotics are not helpful or needed. Obviously make sure to hydrate well to keep a positive fluid balance. Chronic diarrhea could be more complicated and would require you to see a physician in person to rule out chronic infections, food intolerances or problems with your intestinal tract per se.

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What can I eat with diarrhea that won't stop?

BRAT diet: Try brat diet, bananas, rice, apple sauce, toast, that is recommended diarrhea diet, but you better make sure it is not caused by severe constipation first, paradoxically, people who have severe constipation can develop persistent diarrhea due to leakage of liquidy contents of the small bowels around the hard stool in a colon.If that is the case you will need a laxative as brat diet will worsen it.

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Anything I could take to stop the diarrhea?

Anything I could take to stop the diarrhea?

Doctor can evaluate: Stomach aches plus looser stools can be from variety of causes. People usually see their doctors if symptoms are bad or if they last more than 1-2 days. When diarrhea first starts happening, a person can benefit by stopping eating and start just drinking small amounts (few ounces) of something like Pedialyte or half-strength Gatorade, every hour. That should decrease the amount of diarrhea.

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Will diarrhea stop me from going on my vacation?

Have a nice time: If your diarrhea is mild, of brief duration, caused by a number of viruses, food poisoning, or a self-limited low-grade infection then go have a nice time on your trip. However, if your diarrhea is profuse, wakes you from sleep, is associated with fever and/or abdominal pain/tenderness, bleeding, or is persistent then leaving familiar local medical resources is not recommended--go get checked.

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Can you tell me how could I stop getting diarrhea?

Can you tell me how could I stop getting diarrhea?

Find the cause: The key would be 'diagnosis' which means 'through' (dia) + 'knowledge' (gnosis). Diarrhea means 'through' + 'runs' (rrhea). So once you know what's causing it, you should be able to find the treatment. You should observe what causes these symptoms, and what other symptoms are also present - pain, fever, etc. A doctor should be able to put it all together for you and come up with a treatment plan.

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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