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

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

Effective at which?: Kaopectate basically is pepto bismol. 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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Kaopectate vs imodium which is better?

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

I have been taking imodium 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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What dosage of kaopectate can I give a three year old?

What  dosage of kaopectate can I give a three year old?

Per pediatrician: If a 3 yr old is having diarrhea, then he/she needs to see the primary care pediatrician. Over the counter remedies are not recommended, they may mask an underlying problem. It is best to give fluids such as pedialyte for this age group, and if the diarrhea does not subside in a day or two then the pediatrician will guide you. The child will likely need stool testing to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give kaopectate to a toddler?

Is it ok to  give kaopectate to a toddler?

No: We never recommend any medications to stop diarrhea. You may give florastor, which is a natural bacteria, and that may help the diarrhea resolve quicker. ...Read more

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Can i give a 5 year old kaopectate?

Can i give a 5 year old kaopectate?

Diarrhea: in children is common and usually self resolving with a few extra dietary supports. STOPPING the diarrhea (the body's way of eliminating the offending infection) with medications can be dangerous in children. Supplement with an electrolyte solution (few ounces) after every loose stool, avoid of sugary foods/drinks like juices, and increase binding foods (bananas, rice, toast) . ...Read more

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Is it normal for kaopectate to turn your stool black?

Is it normal for kaopectate to turn your stool black?

No: B lack stool may indicate bleeding in the bowel and may be caused by something for which you were taking the med. ...Read more

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For the past week I've had diarrhea. Since Monday I have been taking Kaopectate and the diarrhea has stopped but now I have gas pain after eating.

Probiotics: Try adding a good high quality probiotic of at least 50 billion cfu and multiple strains of bacteria. The goal is to get the gut repopulated with the proper amount of good bacteria essential for gut health and proper nutrition. ...Read more

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