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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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How can I measure bouts of diarrhea from irritable bowel syndrome so my doctor knows how bad?

How can I measure bouts of diarrhea from irritable bowel syndrome so my doctor knows how bad?

Keep a log: One way would be to keep a record of dates and times of the events. This may also help with identifying any patterns, especially if certain foods are being eaten or certain stressors encountered frequently when the bouts are especially bad. By keeping the record you have an accurate log of events and do not have to try to remember which can sometimes be difficult if there are many. ...Read more

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My GI dr prescribed me Lomotil for diarrhea. I take norco 10-325 for knee pain. He knows I take norco. Why would he give another opiate. Will it help.

My GI dr prescribed me Lomotil for diarrhea. I take norco 10-325 for knee pain. He knows I take norco. Why would he give another opiate. Will it help.

OTC anti diarrhea: Lamotil, is an over the counter med for diarrhea and does NOT enter the central nervous system and does not affect pain but does affect the large intestine to slow it down and help loose stools.
Norco an opioid has the same effect on the large intestine and it does cross into the CNS causing pain relief. Technically both meds are in the same family but function differently. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is green diarrhea bad?

Is green diarrhea bad?

Not usually: The only color of diarrhea that is usually concerning is black or maroon/red (blood). Prompt medical attention would then be needed. Green diarrhea is quite common. If the diarrhea continues see your doctor. ...Read more

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What diet for diarrhea?

BRAT for acute runs: Start with bananas, rice (white), applesauce (has pectin), tea and toast (white)- easily absorbed. Fluids, not just water. Advance and add protein: miso soup goes down easy; add baked, boiled chicken, fish, potato, plain pasta; advance as tolerated. Add in cooked veggies (save salad and citrus for later). Chronic? See md
probiotics, eg. S boulardii (florastor) can be helpful. Not better see doc. ...Read more

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I am having a diarrhea?

I am having a diarrhea?

Need more info: If it is an isolated event, you may take an immodium tablet or Pepto-bismol. If it does not abate in a day, it would be prudent to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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How to remove diarrhea?

How to remove diarrhea?

Gentle on GI track: If you have diarrhea drink water to hydrate yourself. You can also have clear soups / broths, unsweetened juices or oral rehydration solutions. You want to be gentle with your diet so that your GI track can recover. Stay away from dairy, leafy vegetables & most fruits initially. Caffeine & alcohol should be avoided as well as any dark carbonated beverages. Although it may seem bland to you, stay >. ...Read more

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How do I cure diarrhea?

How do I cure diarrhea?

Depends on cause: Irritable bowel syndrome, condition involving recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhea or constipation, often associated with stress, depression, anxiety, or previous intestinal infection (diet and meds).Inflammatory bowel disease, crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, steroids and specific medications)
viral gastroenteritis, fluids support and sometimes meds. Bacterial infection, antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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How is diarrhea treated?

Depends: That depends on the cause. In some cases, antibiotics or anti-parasitic drugs are needed. In others, it's just a matter of keeping hydrated until it runs its course. ...Read more

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Does acv cause diarrhea?

Acyclovir?: Are you referring to acyclovir? It does not usually cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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What to do for diarrhea?

What to do for diarrhea?

"Cure" for diarrhea: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), ; duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more

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How come I have diarrhea?

How come I have diarrhea?

We do not know: We do not know why you have diarrhea without getting a detailed history and physical examination
diarrhea can be cause by
1viral, bacterial, protozoan infections of GI tract
2food poisonong
3lactose intolerance
4inflammatory bowel diaease
5antibiotics side effect and other drugs
6malabsorption syndrome
so get it checked by your doctor to find the cause and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What is ATYPICAL diarrhea?

What is ATYPICAL diarrhea?

More data needed: "Atypical" does not mean anything with "diarrhea". Sloppy wording. Is it infection or inflammatory? Stool cultures and C Difficile tests rule out the former. Colonoscopy helps with the latter. In addition there are malabsorption syndromes or certain cancers that can cause diarrhea - gastroenterologist can help get to the bottom of this. ...Read more

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Can a cold cause diarrhea?

Not normally.: The most common symptoms of a cold are sneezing, running nose, feeling tired, congestion and scratchy throat. Additional symptoms can be coughing, headaches, mucus dripping down the back of the throat, loss of appetite and fever (in children). ...Read more

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Can diarrhea be dangerous?

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Can diarrhea be dangerous?

Diarrhea: If chronic and causes loss of nutrients and other essential elements, or if resulting from untreated infection or tumors. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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