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My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Should I give him imodium(r)?

My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea.  Should I give him imodium(r)?

No...: The most likely cause of this is a virus and needs to clear out of the GI tract. The most important thing to do is to keep your child well hydrated. If he is able to drink fluids (don't worry about solid foods at this time), then keep giving him liquids. Also take note of his urine output - if he is not urinating and looks dry, unable to take fluids, then take him to the nearest er for IV fluid. ...Read more

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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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Been going through gastroenteritis the past few days. Taking Imodium, (loperamide) but most recent diarrhea had oily film on the surface. Is this part of sickness?

Been going through gastroenteritis the past few days. Taking Imodium, (loperamide) but most recent diarrhea had oily film on the surface. Is this part of sickness?

Seek treatment: i would get checked out. May need fluids or further testing. Stool appearance can be nonspecific. If oily film on surface may have problem with fat absorption. May need to see GI doc for evaluation. Need to stay hydrated even if need help by Iv fluids because you don't want to injure kidneys or get dizzy and pass out and hit head, etc. if stools float + oily, think about fat malabsorption. ...Read more

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Will imodium (loperamide) help my stomach flu and diarrhea?

Will imodium (loperamide) help my stomach flu and diarrhea?

Loperamide: Loperamide is an opioid-receptor agonist in the myenteric plexus of the large intestine; by itself it does not affect the central nervous system. It will alleviate diarrhea in many cases but must be used with caution if one suspects true colitis with salmonella, shigella, e. Coli or clostridium difficile since it may precipitate toxic megacolon. ...Read more

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Will imodium (loperamide) work with stomach flu diarrhea and can I drink alcohol?

Maynot need Immodium: It depends on the cause of the diarrhea. If someone develop salmonellosis or infection caused by salmonella bacteria, just drinking fluids and eating simple, soft and bland diet might be enough. Having bloody diarrhea or any other complications or diarrhea lasting more than 3-4 days, needs medical attention from a physician.Thanks. ...Read more

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Last night, stomach was cramping and had one bout of diarrhea. Took Imodium (loperamide) and, while stomach a little bubbly, feel ok. Stomach flu? Contagious?

Gastroenteritis: Acute GI illness most commonly either viral infection or food poisoning with a preformed toxin. Both are most commonly self-limited and if you have no further symptoms you should be fine. If it is viral it can be very communicable (usually norovirus). ...Read more

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When can I take immodium during a stomach flu to stop diarrhea?

When can I take immodium during a stomach flu to stop diarrhea?

Diarrhea : You can take immodium if you are not feverish. If there is any fever, bleeding or signs of dehydration please get to a medical advisor. ...Read more

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My child has gastroenteritis, my breastfeeding increases his diarrhea. Should I stop breastfeeding?

My child has gastroenteritis, my breastfeeding increases his diarrhea.  Should I stop breastfeeding?

No: Breastfeeding is the best choice for your baby. However, if it persists, you should speak to the pediatrician to see if any further work up may be necessary to rule out any metabolic disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more