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Can loperamide be taken for gastroenteritis? (Viral or food poisoning). Or will it make the illness worse?

Can loperamide be taken for gastroenteritis? (Viral or food poisoning). Or will it make the illness worse?

It can: In acute diarrhea and vomiting, loperamide is not a good choice. The intestines react too strongly too meds,and the loperamide can actually completely stop bowel motion. . . everything then just stops working! Not good. Try Pepto-bismol or kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and gas-x and a bland diet (no caffeine, vitamin C or spicy, greasy foods till better. I am one of those that say to stay away from dairy, too. ...Read more

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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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Is there effective medication that will decrease gastroenteritis symptoms?

Is there effective medication that will decrease gastroenteritis symptoms?

Yes: You do not specify your symptoms, but there are numerous medications available for your symptoms. ...Read more

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When after taking medication for bacterial vaginosis will symptoms subside?

When after taking medication for bacterial vaginosis will symptoms subside?

Usually 2-4 days: The symptoms of bacterial vaginosis usually start to improve within 2-4 days of starting the antibiotic. But don't stop the antibiotic early! doctors recommend that you take all the medication prescribed, or you increase the chance the infection will come back. ...Read more

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Can medications control your symptoms of gastroparesis?

Can medications control your symptoms of gastroparesis?

Gastroparesis: Yes. There are numerous medications, surgical procedures, and even gastric pacers that can be used. See a board certified gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Which symptoms may cause a doctor to prescribe albuterol over other asthma medications?

Which symptoms may cause a doctor to prescribe albuterol over other asthma medications?

Reliever: Albuterol is a class of medicine known as a beta-agonist. Albuterol helps to relax the breathing tubes thus opening the airways so the patient can breathe normally again. These medicines work fairly quickly to relieve symptoms so they can be given regularly to prevent symptoms but can also be given at the first sign of an exacerbation to prevent progression of symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you take imodium (loperamide) and lomotil for antibiotic related diarrhea?

Can you take imodium (loperamide) and lomotil for antibiotic related diarrhea?

Yes: The shape of the Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) molecule is similar to opioid molecules, and thus sits on the same receptors. All opiods slow bowels, and thus treat diarrhea, no matter the cause. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics worsen symptoms of depression?

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Can antibiotics worsen symptoms of depression?

Antibiotics: Some do, as direct effect on energy level, or through interfering with potency of antidepressants being prescribed, or the infection process itself can add to symptoms. ...Read more

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What symptoms may cause a doctor to prescribe albuterol over other medications?

What symptoms may cause a doctor to prescribe albuterol over other medications?

Albuterol: Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing (helps wheezing). It can also speed up the heart rate because of its beta receptor effects. It has no steroidal activity. However, both bronchodilators and steroids are used in treatment of asthma. Albuterol is used by asthmatics both in inhaler and nebulizer form. ...Read more

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Why GERD symptoms get worse before mesnsturation and how to decrease symptoms without medication?

Why GERD symptoms get worse before mesnsturation and how to decrease symptoms without medication?

Well, not sure: Why worse but premenstrually many things worsen, perhaps even eating habits. Ranitidine is a medicine that is safe and much better than long term effects of reflux. If you smoke it's much less harmful and smoking can make gerd worse. Try some baking soda, milk or even a little bit of half/half if you must stay away from medicine. Gdluc. ...Read more

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Can you take Imodium for antibiotic induced diarrhea ?

Can you take Imodium for antibiotic induced diarrhea ?

Antibiotic diarrhea: No. Test for C difficile a bacteria associated with antibiotic induced diarrhea. If c diff treat with Flagyl/ vancomycin . Consider changing medication or stopping the med . Sometimes metamucil may also give bulk (even though it is used for constipation) as it absorbs water. keep hydrated. Call your doc today and discuss ...Read more

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Is symptomatic H. Pylori treatment with antibiotics *mandatory*? What if you just continue taking Zantac (ranitidine) to alleviate symptoms?

Is symptomatic H. Pylori treatment with antibiotics *mandatory*? What if you just continue taking Zantac (ranitidine) to alleviate symptoms?

Your: H pylori will remain, possibly increasing your risk of stomach cancer over time. You are also at risk of developing a gastric ulcer which can bleed or perforate. Much better to get rid of it, even though you've grown to live with it. ...Read more

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Once you cure generalized anxiety disorder will the symptoms go away?

Once you cure generalized anxiety disorder will the symptoms go away?

Tough question: It's not clear that one can "cure" gad, although it is highly treatable with medications and certain kinds of talk therapies. And, effectively treated, the symptoms do indeed go away, or at least become markedly less intense. However, those with a history of gad are vulnerable to a return of symptoms especially under major stressful conditions or trauma. ...Read more

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How long will diarrhea and headache symptoms last with Buspar?

How long will diarrhea and headache symptoms last with Buspar?

Week or so: Headache and diarrhea are common side effects of buspar. In most people they resolve in a week or two. If it is severe, or if it is not resolving then your doctor may need to lower the dose and go up more slowly. ...Read more

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Will depression symptoms be from gluten intolerance?

Will depression symptoms be from gluten intolerance?

Not primarily but: Gluten intolerance may trigger depression if you are vulnerable to it. Address the gluten problem, of course, but seek assistance for the depression as a separate matter. ...Read more

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If a person takes medication to treat schizophrenia, but didn't have schizophrenia would the medication cause symptoms of schizophrenia?

If a person takes medication to treat schizophrenia, but didn't have schizophrenia would the medication cause symptoms of schizophrenia?

Psychiatric meds: Are designed to reduce the symptoms not make them occur. They should only be taken as prescribed by the psychiatrist. If you have a bad reaction to any medication call the prescribing physician. No psychiatrist gives medications without being sure of their diagnosis. If symptoms increase you may need a different dosage to counteract the disorder. Call the psychiatrist and meet with them. ...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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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with a "stomach flu" virus. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter remedies or ...Read more