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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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Which type of medicine is the best for anti-diarrhea. Dose Flagyl is being the best?

Which type of medicine is the best for anti-diarrhea. Dose Flagyl is being the best?

Depends on what: Type of diarrhea. Flagyl is an antibiotic which helps treated diarrhea caused by certain infections and parasites. It does not treat other forms of diarrhea. For symptomatic treatment, Lomotil and Imodium (loperamide) are the usually ones used. ...Read more

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I'm sensitive to drugs so I need a natural fast acting anti diarrhea remedy?

Dietary changes: Start by avoiding sugar containing beverages and refined sugars. Eat brown rice, toast, bananas, almonds, nuts, broiled fish and chicken. Drink ginger, green tea. Chicken or minestrone soup.
Take probiotics two times per day. Favor the liquid presentation and avoid the sugar loaded yoqourt, as the source of probiotics.
Give 3-5 days for your intestinal cells to be renewed, to start feeling better. ...Read more

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I just had a colonoscopy today & I am still having diarrhea. Is it ok to take some anti-diarrhea medicine?

I just had a colonoscopy today & I am still having diarrhea. Is it ok to take some anti-diarrhea medicine?

Generally, no: Anti-diarrheal medication is generally not recommended after colonoscopy. Discuss with your doctor if you continue to have loose stools for >72hrs. It also depends on your diagnosis, and reason for colonoscopy. See your physician. ...Read more

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Should you give anti-diarrhea medicine to an adult with rotavirus?

Should you give anti-diarrhea medicine to an adult with rotavirus?

You may: Give antidiarheal medicine carefully and in moderation. In addition you should limit yourself to clear fluids for 24 hours then constipating foods like bananas, rice, apples. If the diarrhea is not resolved in 2-3 days seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Had very watery diarrhea for over 24h, took anti-diarrhea medicine, next day evening had clay stool. Should I worry?

Had very watery diarrhea for over 24h, took anti-diarrhea medicine, next day evening had clay stool. Should I worry?

No: As long as the stools continue to progress toward your normal, I would not worry. If you see black, tarry stools or red, bloody stools, see your doctor immediately. If your stools persist in being abnormal for more than 7 to 10 days, then you should consider seeing him or her also. Good luck. ...Read more

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Will drinking plenty water reduce water retention and help show abs? Do anti-diarrhea drugs cause water retention? I not sick, just want a better bod

Will drinking plenty water reduce water retention and help show abs? Do anti-diarrhea drugs cause water retention? I not sick, just want a better bod

No shortcuts to abs.: The above answer is an excellent simplification of a complex topic: fluid and electrolyte balance. No one food or supplement will enhance your ab's. Exercise your core and maintain a normal body habitus. Check your BMI as a guide. It's boring advice, but healthier. ...Read more

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I have low back pain and diarrhea for 3 days I am afraid up lake anti diarrhea medicine in case its a GI virus, lbp and diarrhea connected?

Colitis=back pain: You could very well HAV 1 of many causes of diarrhia from infective to tumor to diverticulitis. Often they present with back pain. I rec u c a gastroenterologist to get a diagnosis before treating your self. ...Read more

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Does anti-diarrhea medicine act similarly to dietary fiber? Would a soluble fiber supplement be as effective?

Does anti-diarrhea medicine act similarly to dietary fiber? Would a soluble fiber supplement be as effective?

No: Most antidiarrheals do not provide fiber in the diet. A water soluble fiber supplement would make the stool less watery but might not decrease the frequency of the stool. Immodium, should decrease the frequency of the stool. ...Read more

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When should I take anti-diarrhea pills?

When should I take anti-diarrhea pills?

Ask your doctor: The problem with taking anti-diarrhea pills is that it can make your symptoms worse or even prolong the diarrhea depending on the cause. Therefore, you should always ask your physician when it is safe to begin anti-diarrheals for diarrhea. This is especially important if you have infectious diarrhea, c. Diff colitis or inflammatory diarrhea such as Crohn's or ulcerative colitis. ...Read more

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What should I do when a 4 year old takes 2 anti diarrhea pills?

What should I do when a 4 year old takes 2 anti diarrhea pills?

Call Poison Control: For any accidental overdose or ingestion of toxic substances call poison control immediately. Call 1-800-222-1222. This number is for every poison control center in the United States--no matter where you live. Paste this number on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror where you can always find it. Children that accidentally overdose tend to repeat this behavior. Lock up all your medicines...Now. ...Read more

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My 2 year old daughter got in to a anti diarrhea pill she bit a little what should I do?

Anti diarrhea pill: If she only chewed on such a pill and did not injest a whole pill or more there should be no consequences. I recommend that you check for a poison control phone number as they have the most complete resources for this type of question and keep it handy. When your 2 year old has an accident such as this it should be a reminder to renew your vigiliance to avoid more serious accidents. ...Read more

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My HRT is giving me diarrhea, I have changed brands but no luck otherwise it's working great! Can I take anti diarrhea meds every day long term?

My HRT is giving me diarrhea, I have changed brands but no luck otherwise it's working great! Can I take anti diarrhea meds every day long term?

Cause & effect?: Hi. Correlation does not establish cause and effect. I bet it is more likely your diarrhea is caused by something other than your HRT. The fact you have diarrhea and you're taking HRT does not imply the HRT is causing the diarrhea. The HRT and diarrhea may just be coincidental. I'd suggest you speak with a gastroenterologist to consider other causes of diarrhea. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to use anti-diarrhea medication while pregnant?

Is it safe to use anti-diarrhea medication while pregnant?

Yes: Over the counter anti diarrhea medications are safe to use. If your diarrhea is not going away after about 48 hours, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any safe anti-diarrhea medication without lead or aspirin?

Are there any safe anti-diarrhea medication without lead or aspirin?

Safe: To my knowledge anti diarrheals do not have either Aspirin or lead. ...Read more

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I have had diarrhea for 12 hrs. Should I take anti-diarrhea meds or let the virus run its course?

I have had diarrhea for 12 hrs. Should I take anti-diarrhea meds or let the virus run its course?

Tough Call: Are you getting dehydrated, feverish, how many stools? If it lasts only 24 hours or so & you can keep up w/ caffeine-free liquids, saltine crackers, & natural probiotic yogurt, forgo medicine. Be sure you are still urinating normally and not light headed. Unable to advance diet to toast, potatoes, rice, & bananas or ongoing diarrhea--use medicine. Not all better another 24 -48 hours? Get seen. ...Read more

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8 weeks pregnant, can I take anti diarrhea pills?

8 weeks pregnant, can I take anti diarrhea pills?

Yes: Immodium is available over the counter and considered safe in pregnancy. Check with your doctor to confirm! ...Read more

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I take metformin and it upsets my stomach and causes diarrhea. Can I take an anti diarrhea medication with it?

I take metformin and it upsets my stomach and causes diarrhea. Can I take an anti diarrhea medication with it?

Some suggestions: With the approval of a health-care professional, reduce your dose, change to er metformin, and/or take it with Imodium (loperamide) otc. Other things you can do: take it with a meal and cut carbonhydrates/lipid intake. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take anti-diarrhea tabs after a colon cleanse?

Is it safe to take anti-diarrhea tabs after a colon cleanse?

Yes: Colon cleanses are a fad/hoax perpetrated by the holistic food faddists. They do nothing to promote general wellbeing ...Read more

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Why is tetracycline used as an anti-diarrhea agent when it can cause diarrhea as a side effect?

Why is tetracycline used as an anti-diarrhea agent when it can cause diarrhea as a side effect?

Diarrhea is just a: Potential side effect. However, if a patient had a diarrheal infection that was caused by a bacteria that was susceptible to tetracycline - that would be a reason. ...Read more

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Can I take imodium (loperamide) anti diarrhea with avelox. Second day on avelox and have diarrhea.?

Can I take imodium (loperamide) anti diarrhea with avelox. Second day on avelox and have diarrhea.?

You may: Temporary GI disturbances are quite common with antibiotics, so a little patience with this understanding comes handy to get the intended benefit from the treatment. I would recommend extra clear liquids like electrolyte solutions, yogurt and probiotic to help restore GI health before Imodium (loperamide). ...Read more

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Just dealing with diarrhea at the moment I had it for the last 5 days I went to the ER last night I been drinking fluids a lot but it makes me go more Can I take anti diarrhea medication or should continue this virus to run it course?

Just dealing with diarrhea at the moment I had it for the last 5 days I went to the ER last night I been drinking fluids a lot but it makes me go more Can I take anti diarrhea medication or should continue this virus to run it course?

ER results?: It's usually ok to use an anti-diarrheal medication for short term diarrhea but 5 days is getting a bit longer than I am comfortable with. You said you went to the ER - what did they find? ...Read more

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My mother has taken an anti diarrhea medication without having diarrhea and is now suffering intense stomach cramping is there anything we can do?

My mother has taken an anti diarrhea medication without having diarrhea and is now suffering intense stomach cramping is there anything we can do?

Depends upon med: Stop the medication and allow to wear off. If it is an antibiotic she should be back to normal in a day or so. If she took an medication to treat symptoms such as loperamide she can take an anti-gas medicaton and wait for it to wear off in several hours. ...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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To calm severe stomach flu-5 doses of kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and three capletes of anti diarrhea med cause black stool?

To calm severe stomach flu-5 doses of kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) and three capletes of anti diarrhea med cause black stool?

Yes: The active ingredient in kaopectate--bismuth subsalicylate--turns stool a dark color. It can turn green or black and can persist a few days after stopping the medicine. If the black color lasts beyond three days after the medicine or is very dark or tarry (blood can cuase this change), see a doctor. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for shigellosis diarrhea?

Antibiotics: Previously, antibiotics such as tetracycline, Ampicillin and co-trimoxazole were effective, but resistance is now a problem. Fluoroquinolones such as norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, Azithromycin and Ceftriaxone are effective, depending on the resistance patterns in the area/country. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more