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Kaopectate vs imodium (loperamide) which is better?

Kaopectate vs imodium (loperamide) which is better?

Anti-diarrheal meds: Depends on the individual and the situation. With heart-burn like symptoms, kaopectate is good at coating the upper intestinal tract - equivalent to pepto-bismul. Imodium (loperamide) is a synthetic anti-diarrheal medicine. If you're having diarrhea from a virus or soiled food etc, let the diarrhea pass without taking meds - drink plenty of fluids / hydrate. If chronic of on-going, see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, (loperamide) or kaopectate?

Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, (loperamide) or kaopectate?

Effective at which?: Kaopectate basically is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Both have bismuth salicylic acid which may have some antibacterial properties. Both are Aspirin products though and cannot be given to children or pregnant women or those otherwise intolerant of aspirin. Immodium does not treat the root cause of the diarrhea but has great stopping power. It wins. ...Read more

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What if the diarrhea last 3 days and I am missing work? My PCP told me to try Kaopectate... I have Imodium (loperamide) on hand but not kaopectate...

What if the diarrhea last 3 days and I am missing work? My PCP told me to try Kaopectate... I have Imodium (loperamide) on hand but not kaopectate...

Diarrhea: Most instances of acute diarrhea resolve on their own after a few days, and are usually due to viral or bacterial illnesses. As long as you're not having bleeding, fevers, or severe abdominal pain, it is OK to try Imodium, (loperamide) but be sure to follow the guidelines on the box. If your diarrhea does not go away in another 2 to 3 days, however, see your doctor for further diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Immodium vs kaopectate, (kaolin and pectin) which is better?

Healthtap: Doctors on healthtap are asked not to endorse particular products or product lines. ...Read more

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My 97 year old mother has bad diarrhea from Levaquin (levofloxacin). Is it better to give her Kaopectate or Immodium for relief?

Call her doc: It would be better if you put a call in to her treating doc to share the information. This could be part of a significant bowel problem that requires special treatment. ...Read more

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I have been taking imodium (loperamide) and kaopeptate for diahrea from a flu bug but it still doesn't work what else can I do?

I have been taking imodium (loperamide) and kaopeptate for diahrea from a flu bug but it still doesn't work what else can I do?

Get tested: Get a stool culture, stool for ova and parasites and if you have taken antibiotics in the last 3 months get a stool for clostridium difficile toxin test. If diarrhea persists for more than 3 months you will need a colonoscopy to be sure you do n ot have inflammatory bowel disease. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take kaopectate if it expired 8 2016?

Okay: It is not likely to do any harm. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is the dosage of Kaopectate for a three year old girl?

What is the dosage of Kaopectate for a three year old girl?

Not for that age: It is not recommended for that age. Dosing is for 12 years old and above. Younger age should not use this medication. ...Read more

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