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Over The Counter Treatment For Gastroenteritis
Are there any effective over-the-counter medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis?
Yes: Imodium (loperamide) a-d is available. Never use in children unless directed by your doctor (hardly any pediatrician will recommend). In older kids (over 12) and adults use cautiously only if diarrhea is watery, with no fever or abdominal pain and is causing dehydration (excessive loss of fluids) and you are not being able to drink enough back up. ...Read more
My mom had the stomach flu and since she had it two weeks ago she can't get rid of the diarrhea and the stomach cramps. Is there an over the counter?
Most likely, this is a viral gastroenteritis,
a virus that affects the gastrointestinal tract.
The treatment is BRAT diet- no milk products,
bananas, rice, apple sauce, and toast.
Crystal light and water to drink and stay hydrated.
If vomiting, diarrhea or bloody stools and recent travel
outside US occurs, contact Pedi MD thru health tap.
Welcome, Dr. Ivy Fisher, on staff. ...Read more
Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if I kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.
Difficult to tell: Bacterial gastroenteritis is an unusual disease in the usa. Far more likely viral. Either way, kissing would be an unusual means of transmission and would depend on so many variable factors that it would be very tough to determine the risks without knowing exactly what you had. ...Read more
I have bacterial gastroenteritis. Final stages of treatment. It's been a week. How long do I have to wait before I can kiss my girlfriend?
I have had 7 infections so far this year, most viral like cold and gastroenteritis. I never need treatment. But I'm concerned I have immune problem?!
Immunodeficiency: If you have had infections which resolved spontaneously it would be very improbable that they are due to some defect in immune function. Generally these would seldom resolve if your immune system was at fault. If you are concerned about HIV disease the best thing to do would be to go and be tested. If this is somatization and anxiety a therapist might be helpful. Good luck. ...Read more
I am 21 year old male and get 8-10 infections a year like common cold, gastroenteritis. It always goes without treatment. Should I be concerned though?
If 23 year old male got 20 viral infections in 1 year. Cold, gastroenteritis, sinusitis. All resolve without treatment, is it concern though?
Immunodeficiency: On average, a person can get 5 or 6 colds and coughs per year. You're reporting 3 times that amount, so I suspect something is wrong. Chronic stress will weaken the immune system as will lack of sleep--but I think u need a formal evaluation to make sure there's nothing else seriously wrong. Obviously paying attention to hygiene should help- try hand washing frequently, avoid handshakes etc. ...Read more
Diagnosed with gastroenteritis & was given metronidazole & cipro, (ciprofloxacin)I'm getting itchy all over, I have been taking them for 3 days, I still need treatment?
What is more effective in PREVENTMENT/treatment of nausea and vomiting due to viral gastroenteritis? Metoclopramide or Zofran (ondansetron)?
Nausea~: Hello~ Zofran is reserved for severe nausea that accompanies chemotherapy, so I would use something safer and first line like Compazine (prochlorperazine), (prochlorperazine) which would work better than metaclopamide, but metaclopamide can be used in mild cases. You will need to ask your doc for a script for Compazine (prochlorperazine). thanks ...Read more
Gastroenteritis: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more
I have diarrhea and nausea. The only thing that helps the stomach pain is counter pressure. Could this be stomach flu or something more?
Not really! OTC Imodium (loperamide) for diarrrhea and folloe a clear fluid diet for 48 hours as follows:
NO SOLID FOODS FOR 48 HOURS
Force fluids: 8-10 glasses/day:
Electrolyte rich fluids- Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water
Protein rich fluids: broth bullion, consume.
AVOID ALL CITRUS JUICES: orange, grapefruit, pineapple, cranberry etc. ...Read more
Have had stomach flu for 5 days. No vomiting but everything else. Should I take PPI to counter BAD heartburn or is acid needed to fight infection?
Agree w Dr. Raff: Hydrate. Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. No fancy new treatments. ...Read more
I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?
Rash: Rashes are very difficult to diagnose without some visuals, at least in pictures if not in person. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist. Alternatively, you can try Healthtap Prime and upload some photos. ...Read more
No - See a Doctor: No, you need Flagel Pills for the most effective treatment. See your Doctor or the Health Department - you should have a full STD screening if you have been exposed to any STD. ...Read more
No good otc: Gardnerella or bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection cause by over growth of a bad bacteria or death of good bacterial. It can be affected by spermicide, doucheiing (don't do this!), overenthusiastic cleaning or bad luck. It is easilly treated with oral medication or vaginal suppositories prescribed by a doctor but I would not recommend treating it yourself. ...Read more
Chronic pain remedy: Chronic pain is best treated using pain management therapies from a pain specialist as well as engaging in alternative therapies such as yoga or tai chi to help with balance, stretching, feldenkrais, physical therapy, high doses of fish oil, arnica, and eating an anti inflammatory diet. Regular acupuncture and massage can help as well. ...Read more
Trichomoniasis (?): If you are asking about treatment for trichomoniasis (commonly known as: Trich), a common sexually transmitted disease (STD), there is no over-the-counter treatment available. Trich requires treatment with a specific antibiotic, metronidazole (Flagyl). It is the only drug that should be used to treat trichomoniasis. If you think you may have trich, you should be tested and treated appropriately. ...Read more
No: But after good treatment, the best treatment is excellent hygiene and use of just-in-case small doses of the antibiotic cream used to treat it in the first place...After sex and after a loose bm. The acid level of semen encourages the bacteria to grow, and a source of the infection van be a loose bm hard to get clean from. ...Read more
No: How do know you have vascular insufficiency, must seen a doctor, he will advise on the best treatment. ...Read more