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Imodium Vs Kaopectate
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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?
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.
Omg I took 2 tsp of kaopectate that expired in 2013 I already have had diahrea, is this kaopectate likely to harm me now?
No harm: You might have slightly less effect from expired kaopectate but there will be no harm at all.
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.
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).
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.See 1 more doctor answer
It is possible.: Stool may become black (or gray) with Kaopectate (kaolin and pectin).
No: B lack stool may indicate bleeding in the bowel and may be caused by something for which you were taking the med.
Will the drug kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) that helps with upset stomachs make my birth control less effective?
Kaopectate (kaolin and pectin): It shouldn't make your birth control less effective
Need help with acid reflux, can't take zantac, (ranitidine) ppi's cuz it causes anxiety/nervousness. Is kaopectate good or something else?
GERD: You can try sucralfate which is different class of medication. You have to cut down on advil, ibuprofen& pepto-bismol. They all cause gatric irritation and bleed. Too bad you can't take zantac (ranitidine) & ppi. They are very good meds. May be you want to try other member of these classes. Thanks.See 1 more doctor answer