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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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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. ...Read more

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My brother since he was a child has diarrhea, and now he is 20 years old and the diarrhea didn't stop. What can it be?

Diarrhea: Your brother may have a food intolerance in the form of lactose, fructose or sucrose intolerance. He needs a workup from a gastroenterologist. ...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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What can you do to stop diarrhea?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop diarrhea? What foods to avoid?

What can I do to stop diarrhea? What foods to avoid?

Avoid milk products: Avoid milk, cheese, cream, ice cream (but yogart is ok) for 3 days. When you have diarrhea, the lining of the bowel that digests milk is lost and lactose becomes a laxative. ...Read more

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What is best way to stop diarrhea. Everyday for years.

Full GI exam: A complete GI series exam may be the answer. Testing for food allergies is another idea. Also, ask your provider for a proper diet and perhaps a referral to a nutritionist. If you think or they find no physical cause - a specialist in dietary issues psychotherapist might be an additional resource. Best! ...Read more

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I am having some diarrhea. What to do to make it stop?

I am having some diarrhea. What to do to make it stop?

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

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I've had diarrhea for 3 weeks now. How do I stop this?

I've had diarrhea for 3 weeks now. How do I stop this?

See your doctor: Diarrhea longer than a week may have many causes. Sometimes the virus which caused the illness damages the intestinal lining and it takes a few weeks to heal. Other times protracted diarrhea is a symptom of a more serious illness. Your doctor can help you sort things out. ...Read more

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Hey I think I have diarrhea and how do I stop it from happening?

See below: Diarrhea=3 or more loose/watery bm's a day. Otc meds like kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) or peptobismol can help (may turn bm's black); increasing dietary fiber or adding fiber supplement with limited fluid intake will form bm's. If suspect infectious agent (virus or bacteria or giardia), do above; replace fluids; consider visit to doc for stool culture to determine cause. Unlikely: bowel obstrxn from tumor. ...Read more

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I've had diarrhea, for over a week know what can I do to help stop it?

I've had diarrhea, for over a week know what can I do to help stop it?

See an MD: Most self limited causes of diarrhea such as viral gastroenteritis and food poisoning will resolve in less than 1 week. There are many causes of chronic diarrhea such as infections caused by giardia and cryprtosporidium-inflammatory bowel disease-malabsorption etc. Get checked out. ...Read more

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I am having frequent diarrhea about every 15-20 min how do I make it stop?

Call your doc: Diarrhea is a common symptom that taking an anti diarrheal such as Imodium (loperamide) may help with. However, if you are having prolonged, protracted diarrhea that is not going away after a few bouts or over a couple days, or if you see blood, check in with your doctor to make sure further steps do not need to be taken. Sometimes an infection like e. Coli can cause extensive diarrhea. ...Read more

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For the past week or so I've been having diarrhea non stop to where it's been over 13 times in a week what do I do?

For the past week or so I've been having diarrhea non stop to where it's been over 13 times in a week what do I do?

Diarrhea: Will need to know more information: Is there blood in you stool? Have you had fevers? Do you have a history of Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis? Was your current episode preceded by eating something that made you sick? Have you recently taken antibiotics? The answer to these questions will enable me to determine a likely etiology for your current symptoms. ...Read more

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Lithium question. I have been on lithium for about a week and since I started taking it I have had diarrhea, should I stop?

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Lithium: Some forms of lithium have more effect on your intestinal tract, such as lithium carbonate, others less, such as Eskalith or lithobid. Discuss with your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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My husband for the last two days has had constant diarrhea. He has been non stop for two days and he is not able to hold it. Never happened before.

Generally: Generally diarrhea is a self-limiting illness and will go away on its own. Treatment focuses on staying hydrated to combat fluid losses incurred through stool. Reasons so see a doctor for diarrhea include fever, blood in the stool, duration greater than 3 weeks and recent antibiotic use or hospitalization. ...Read more

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I'm in Europe for 2 more weeks with diarrhea that won't stop. Loperamide isn't working and I've been taking a lot of it.?

I'm in Europe for 2 more weeks with diarrhea that won't stop. Loperamide isn't working and I've been taking a lot of it.?

Exam: And general diarrhea persists for more than two weeks even without symptoms of fever chills or bleeding should have a physician about waiting to check for infection or other causes ...Read more

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I am bloated, have diarrhea, gained 3 inches on my waist. Haven't made a major diet change. Please help me to stop feeling this way.

I am bloated, have diarrhea, gained 3 inches on my waist. Haven't made a major diet change. Please help me to stop feeling this way.

Get labs: It sounds like you need to see an MD and get some lab work to rule out possible thyroid disease based on the wt gain. You may want to consider testing for celiac disease also. Your MD needs to do a thorough history (including family history) and physical exam. More tests may be needed (liver enzymes etc) to help diagnose you. Try a probiotic supplement for the bloating and keep a food diary. ...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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Gave myself 1st orencia (abatacept) shot yesterday & woke up this morning with terrible diarrhea, that doesn't seem to want to stop, should I be concerned?

It may be due to ore: It may be related to the injection of orencia
you can take immodium ad or call your doctor and get a prescription for Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) and drink plenty of clear liquids to prevent dehydration. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

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