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What kind of medication should I take for diarrhea?

What kind of medication should I take for diarrhea?

Imodium (loperamide): Imodium (loperamide) is an excellent over the counter treatment for diarrhea. Others include pepto-bismol or kaopectate. Most diarrhea will resolve in 1-2 days without treatment. For chronic diarrhea (lasting more than a week), bloody diarrhea, or diarrhea associated with high fever, vomiting and weight loss you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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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've been having diarrhea and constipation for the last couple of months. What medication can I take to make these symptoms go away?

I've been having diarrhea and constipation for the last couple of months. What medication can I take to make these symptoms go away?

Gastroenteritis: Rather than taking medication it is more important to find out what is going on. For this you will need to see a doctor who should obtain stool samples after a detailed history and physical exam. This may be irritable bowel syndrome, infection with giardia lamblia or half a dozen other possibilities. Go soon and do not neglect this. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to cut a .6mg tablet of colchicine in half and take it that way to lessen the severity of diarrhea from the medication? Or not safe to cut?

Is it safe to cut a .6mg tablet of colchicine in half and take it that way to lessen the severity of diarrhea from the medication? Or not safe to cut?

Probably not: Diarrhea is a common complain in patients taking Colchicine and may sometimes be a reason to stop taking this medication. Furthermore, the standard dose is 0.6 mg and it is questionable if 0.3 mg would be efficacious in a person with normal functioning kidneys. It would be best to talk with your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medication for diarrhea while pregnant?

Is it safe to take medication for diarrhea while pregnant?

Depends on medicine: Need to check with obstetrician about any medicine you need to take during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Im breastfeeding and have diarrhea, what medication can I take to stop it?

Im breastfeeding and have diarrhea, what medication can I take to stop it?

Try hydration: Most meds for diarrhea are not very effective Try hydration and a high carbohydrate diet: rice, potatoes, and breads. Also probiotics have been shown to be helpful in combating diarrhea. Kaopectae is a med that can help in some cases and should be ok with breastfeeding. Feel better soon ...Read more

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I take balsalazide and I have bright yellow diarrhea i been havering a lot of diarrhea hi dr said it ok because i'm in a new medication?

I take balsalazide and I have bright yellow diarrhea i been havering a lot of diarrhea hi dr said it ok because i'm in a new medication?

Balsalazide: In four controlled clinical trials patients given a Balsalazide dose of 6.75 g/day frequently reported adverse reactions: headache (8%), abdominal pain (6%), diarrhea (5%), nausea (5%), vomiting (4%), respiratory infection (4%), and arthralgia (4%). Withdrawal from therapy due to adverse reactions was comparable among patients on Balsalazide and placebo. A small number had worsening of colitis. ...Read more

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I am having a lot of diarrhea and I just recently found out I am pregnant. What medication over the counter is safe that I can take? Thanks!

I am having a lot of diarrhea and I just recently found out I am pregnant. What medication over the counter is safe that I can take?

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Hydration: Fortunately most cases of diarrhea do not require medication as they quickly resolve. Cases that do not resolve should be investigated by your doctor. Staying hydrated is key. ...Read more

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I have diarrhea, pain in my abdominal, and a headache (pain and headache for 2 days prior to diarrhea) what medication/action should I take?

I have diarrhea, pain in my abdominal, and a headache (pain and headache for 2 days prior to diarrhea) what medication/action should I take?

Tell your parents.: You may have a virus. Start w clear liquid like water, 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. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help for pain. ...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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If u must take a medication daily that causes constipation as a side effect, will u no longer be able to rid a parasite thru diarrhea / loose stools?

If u must take a medication daily that causes constipation as a side effect, will u no longer be able to rid a parasite thru diarrhea / loose stools?

There are 2 problems: Parasitic infection can be treated with Anti parasitic Medication. Constipation can be treated with Stool softener and High Fiber diet. Certain prescription medicines have Constipating side effects . YOu and doctor will have to decide and weigh the options ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more