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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Diarrhea for 5 days with no other symptoms. Any thoughts or suggestions on what it is or how to stop it. Imodium (loperamide) is not working.?

Diarrhea for 5 days with no other symptoms. Any thoughts or suggestions on what it is or how to stop it. Imodium (loperamide) is not working.?

Unusual: Symptoms are a little unusual. Imodium (loperamide) not working (assume you are taking this at max recommended dose) and no other reported symptoms. I think this deserves a visit to the doc. One should make sure to replace fluid losses from diarrhea with adequate oral intake. ...Read more

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Had sgmoidoscopy due to diarrhea waiting on microbiopsy results taking imodium (loperamide) as still have diarrhea how long do I have to take this.

Had sgmoidoscopy due to diarrhea waiting on microbiopsy results taking imodium (loperamide) as still have diarrhea how long do I have to take this.

Until symptoms gone: Imodium (loperamide) should be used only for the duration of your symptoms. Infectious causes should be ruled out and drugs that can cause diarrhea, Metformin among others, should be on hold. Hopefully, biopsies will reveal the cause of your diarrhea. ...Read more

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I have had diarrhea for two days. Just took pepto bismo. Not helping. Any suggestions?

I have had diarrhea for two days. Just took pepto bismo. Not helping. Any suggestions?

Do you: Have blood in the stool or pain. If any consider urgent care. Re- hydration is the most important treatment for uncomplicated diarrhea. Drink plenty of fluids. Your doctor may consider immodium or kaopectate (kaolin and pectin). ...Read more

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I'm having black diarrhea is this a result of taking liquid pepto?

I'm having black diarrhea is this a result of taking liquid pepto?

Yes: The bismuth in Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause black stools. This can be concerning because blood in the stool can also appear as black stool. But if you took the Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) do not be alarmed with the black stool unless it persists well after the Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) is out of your system. ...Read more

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Husband started having diarrhea sunday morning. Cant seem to eat anything. Even brat diet. Feels fine otherwise. Pepto no longer working to stop it?

Husband started having diarrhea sunday morning. Cant seem to eat anything. Even brat diet. Feels fine otherwise. Pepto no longer working to stop it?

Diarrhea: See your doctor for a stool culture to rule out abacterial cause for your diarrhea. Be sure you drink electrolyte replacement fluids so you don't dehydrate in the meantime. ...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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Should I take Imodium for travellers diarrhea? Antibiotics?

Should I take Imodium for travellers diarrhea? Antibiotics?

Only if sick!: Antibiotics would not be advised unless you know what you've got, usually avoid antibiotics with Salmonella gastrenteritis ...Read more

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If my 2 year old has diarrhea can I give imodium (loperamide)?

Yes: Imodium (loperamide) can be given, 1 teaspoon x3 per day. Hydrating well with electrolyte solution such as pedialyte is essential. ...Read more

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My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Should I give him imodium (r)?

My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Should I give him imodium (r)?

No...: The most likely cause of this is a virus and needs to clear out of the GI tract. The most important thing to do is to keep your child well hydrated. If he is able to drink fluids (don't worry about solid foods at this time), then keep giving him liquids. Also take note of his urine output - if he is not urinating and looks dry, unable to take fluids, then take him to the nearest er for IV fluid. ...Read more

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Salmonella has given me bad diarrhea. Should I take imodium (loperamide)?

Salmonella has given me bad diarrhea. Should I take imodium (loperamide)?

No: If you have diarrhea from salmonella, you can take clear liquids and a bland diet until the diarrhea resolves. You should not take imodium, (loperamide) as it will hold the bacteria in with the stool and cause your body to take extra time to clear it out of your system. If you develop fever, abdominal pain or blood in the stool you should see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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

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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I have diarrhea and I took pepto, how long should it take for it to kick in and will it stop me from vomiting?

I have diarrhea and I took pepto, how long should it take for it to kick in and will it stop me from vomiting?

Peptobismol: This medicine has a mild effect on stopping diarrhea, so you may continue to have symptoms. It probably won't help with vomiting at all. Your body is under attack - probably from a virus, and it is working to 'clear out' the germs. Try to sip fluids/chicken soup to replace lost salts/fluid. If feeling light-headed or wiped out, see a doc. You may need IV fluids if it's bad. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Pepto Bismol (Definition)

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Imodium (Definition)

Imodium is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a ...Read more