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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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Immodium seems to help with chronic diarrhea after surgery. However, it appears to cause severe bloating. Would pepto bismal help with bloating?

Immodium seems to help with chronic diarrhea after surgery. However, it appears to cause severe bloating. Would pepto bismal help with bloating?

Assess your diet: Imodium (loperamide) is a motility modifier.It takes the number of squeeze messages in the gut & slows them down, so things are pushed along slower. If you are bloating, it is likely this effects how the gas your digestion makes moves along in the same way.You need to reduce gas producing foods in your diet (like cauliflower,beans) & take a probiotic to alter your gas production.Pepto may have a placebo effect ...Read more

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I'm have diarrhea about every hour, threw up once, took some Imodium, (loperamide) it helped a little, now trying pepto, trying to stay hydrated, anything else?

I'm have diarrhea about every hour, threw up once, took some Imodium, (loperamide) it helped a little, now trying pepto, trying to stay hydrated, anything else?

You want to: avoid "rebound" CONSTIPATION..Imodium (loperamide) is ENOUGH..don't use PEPTO along with it!

Stay hydrated and you can EAT the following Applesauce Banana's and RICE cereal (Rice CRispy)
Hope this helps!
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I am having stomach issues and was wondering what to do? I have had diarrhea for over a week now. My stomach feels like it is knots with the pain getting much sharper. I have tried imodium and pepto. Gatorade for hydration, however i can tell that I am ge

I am having stomach issues and was wondering what to do? I have had diarrhea for over a week now. My stomach feels like it is knots with the pain getting much sharper. I have tried imodium and pepto. Gatorade for hydration, however i can tell that I am ge

The : The Imodium (loperamide) is a good idea. A small amount of gatorade can be helpful, but too much can worsen diarrhea because of the glucose content. Try tea, water, and very small amounts of gatorade. Eating bananas, rice, and dry toast can be helpful. Avoid fruits and vegetables for at least a week. If your diarrhea worsens, you have fever or vomiting, or if you have been on antibiotics prior to this diarrhea, then you will have to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you take imodium (loperamide) and pepto? I have diarrhea and upset stomach. Thank you

Can you take imodium (loperamide)  and pepto?  I have diarrhea and upset stomach. Thank you

Either, not both: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate), is used to relieve diarrhea, stomach upset, heartburn, stomach acidity, and nausea. Imodium (loperamide), is used in the treatment of diarrhea. There will seldom be a need for both, but there is no significant interaction that should prevent your taking them together, although generally unnecessary. ...Read more

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Diarrhea/bloat 11days from clindamycim(took 7days) took probiotics,imodium,pepto dismal,diphen for 4days Food-white bread,banan My GP doc told me to cont. pepto dismal n probiotics what to do? wrried

Diarrhea/bloat 11days from clindamycim(took 7days)
took probiotics,imodium,pepto dismal,diphen for 4days
Food-white bread,banan
My GP doc told me to cont. pepto dismal n probiotics
what to do? wrried

Get tested forC Diff: Follow up with your doctor and get tested for C Difficile.Clindamycine is known to cause that
when you are on Antibiotics it destroy normal helpful Bacteria and without the good bacteria C Difficile grows out of control
If it is positive it will need to be treated with appropriate Antibiotics ...Read more

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What's the difference between Immodium and Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) in terms of anti-diarrhea? Would either help with lower abdominal cramp + minor diarrhea?

What's the difference between Immodium and Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) in terms of anti-diarrhea? Would either help with lower abdominal cramp + minor diarrhea?

Totally different: Imodium's active ingredient is loperamide, which slows down intestinal motility. Pepto-Bismol uses bismuth, which decreases secretions into the intestines. Slowing of the intestines can actually make cramping worse, and make it harder for the body to eliminate a GI infection, but may do a better job of preventing dehydration when vomiting is also present. ...Read more

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I am having lots of mucus in my stool, intermittent diarrhea and constipation and stomach pain. It goes away with Imodium (loperamide) and pepto but returns.

I am having lots of mucus in my stool, intermittent diarrhea and constipation and stomach pain. It goes away with Imodium (loperamide) and pepto but returns.

Important symptoms: These are important symptoms that need to be evaluated by a doctor. They could be serious and could be related to a serious illness of the bowel. Please seek care soon, and be well! ...Read more

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If you took pepto bismol can you take imodium (loperamide) the same day?

If you took pepto bismol can you take imodium (loperamide) the same day?

Pepto + Imodium (loperamide): This should be no problem and often these two drugs are prescribed together. I would recommend that you space each drug as far apart from the other drug as possible. This way the pepto bismol will not interfere with the system absorption of the imodium (loperamide). ...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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Is Imodium easier on the stomach than Pepto Bismol, since Pepto contains Salycilates?

Is Imodium easier on the stomach than Pepto Bismol, since Pepto contains Salycilates?

??-Pepto: Bismuth subsalicylate, sold under the brand name Pepto-Bismol, is an antacid medication used to treat temporary discomforts of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, such as diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn and nausea. Commonly known as pink bismuth, it is also sometimes the active ingredient in Kaopectate. ...Read more

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Liquid Pepto Bismal expired 9 months ago, is it okay to take? (Diarrhea)

Liquid Pepto Bismal expired 9 months ago, is it okay to take? (Diarrhea)

Expired mediciation: Most likely the medication is still okay. However I would throw it out and simply pick up a new bottle. It's not expensive. ...Read more

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Can you take pepto bismal with antibiotic for travelers diarrhea?

Can you take pepto bismal with antibiotic for travelers diarrhea?

When appropriate:: With travel to places where bacterial diarrhea is common. For viral diarrhea, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) alone is better. ...Read more

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I've been vomiting and having diarrhea for a few hours. If I take pepto bismal tablets, how long do I have to keep them down for it to work?

I've been vomiting and having diarrhea for a few hours. If I take pepto bismal tablets, how long do I have to keep them down for it to work?

See a doctor: What's concerning more is vomiting and inability to keep things down, you may get dehydrated easily, try clear water /fluids, to help replace fluid loss, till seen by your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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I'm having watery stools which are black in color, i've taking pepto bismul and still no relief. What can I do to relieve this diarrhea?

Be seen: The black color is most likely due to the bismuth in the pepto-bismol, but you should be seen to get some diarrhea medication and possible testing. ...Read more

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Can i give my 13yr old daughter some pepto bismal. She was diagnosed w/gastroenteritis on 3/27/13.She stills have a lil diarrhea only. So can I or not?

Can i give my 13yr old daughter some pepto bismal. She was diagnosed w/gastroenteritis on 3/27/13.She stills have a lil diarrhea only. So can I or not?

No: While the risk is fairly small, salicylates (such as Bismuth Subsalicylate in pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) adult version) has been linked with reye syndrome in children, even up to the teenage years. You can consider getting the children's version of the medication, which does not have the salicylate in it. ...Read more

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Should i go to the er? I have had diarrhea for constantly for over 6 months and counting. It is getting harder and harder to keep continent. There are no stomach pains, nor is there any blood in the stools. I can take pepto bismal but it only stops the sy

Should i go to the er? I have had diarrhea for constantly for over 6 months and counting. It is getting harder and harder to keep continent. There are no stomach pains, nor is there any blood in the stools.
I can take pepto bismal but it only stops the sy

Hello. : Hello. Usually would recommend going to the emergency room for acute problem. Diarrhea for six months should be medically evaluated. However, since you are stable and the symptoms have lasted for six months, at this point you might wish to schedule an appointment with your family physician or a gastrenterologist. Take care. I hope you find the answer to you loose stools. ...Read more

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I took 2 pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) pills and they havent worked yet i have diarrahea and it hasnt gotten any better ive lost 2 pounds what should i do?

I took 2 pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) pills
and they havent worked yet i have diarrahea and it hasnt gotten any better ive lost 2 pounds what should i do?

Ans: You need to give a thorough history. Have you had any other symptoms? Fever? Need more information. Well for now drink lots of wTer to replenish your fluid loss if no improvement see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have just woken up from hot flashes caused by diahrea. I have taken pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Is there any other remedies i could use so i can get some sleep?

I have just woken up from hot flashes caused by diahrea. I have taken pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Is there any other remedies i could use so i can get some sleep?

Sleeping?: Sleeping while having diarrhea can be risky/ messy. The cause of the diarrhea is important to know. Diarrhea alone does not usually cause hot flashes. This may be an infectious diarrhea in which case you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is pepto bismol used for? And can I use it for acid reflux after a meal? I'm on toprol (metoprolol) XR and synthroid. Also having diarreah

What is pepto bismol used for? And can I use it for acid reflux after a meal? I'm on toprol (metoprolol) XR and synthroid. Also having diarreah

Yes: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) is used for nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach and diarrhea. Since heartburn is a common signs of acid reflux, most likely pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) will help. Consult your doctor about a medication you can take if this over the counter drug does not help. Always consult your doctor about mixing medications as well since I am not familiar with your medical history. ...Read more

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I am taking a zpack and on day 3, I have an upset stomach and some diarreha, can I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

Yes!: There are no known interactions between azithromycin (Z-pak) and Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). To reduce upset stomach and diarrhea, take the z-pak with food, like a large meal such as dinner. You can also take Immodium AD to minimize diarrhea. After you finish the antibiotics, your upset stomach and diarrhea should go away in a few days. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you take pepto bismol while on tamiflu (oseltamivir) to help stop diarrhea ?

Yes: alternative: A better alternative would be forcing 2 type of fluids: electrolyte rich ( powerade, gatorade, vitamin water) and protein rich fluids ( broth, boullion, consume') along with Imodium (loperamide) ad as directed. Pepto bismol is bismuth which cannot hurt you- but can make your tongue turn black. ...Read more

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