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What should I take for upset stomach and diarrhea?

What should I take for upset stomach and diarrhea?

Depends: For those who have short-lived mild diarrhea, one may take kaopectate (kaolin and pectin) or peptobismol. Eat a bland diet and drink sips of fluid, preferably something with electrolytes (ex: pedialyte). However if one is throwing up, has 3 or more violent episodes of profuse watery diarrhea, is lightheaded; then that person may need go to the er as IV fluids may be needed +/- antibiotics, if found to be bacterial.

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I have had strong headaches, slight sharp pain in my abdomen area that comes and goes, upset stomach, and diarrhea. What could this be?

I have had strong headaches, slight sharp pain in my abdomen area that comes and goes, upset stomach, and diarrhea. What could this be?

Related or not?: There are lots of possibilities here, all of which can be addressed by a physical exam and appropriate testing. Migraines for example can affect both head and gut ("intestinal migraine"). Please however don't contribute to your stomach upset by taking excessive nsaid's aimed at alleviating head ache. Get checked to rule out more esoteric pathology.

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I had threadworms 2 months ago. Today ive had an upset stomach and loose stools. Found several dead worms. Are these old ones or am I reinfected?

I had threadworms 2 months ago. Today ive had an upset stomach and loose stools. Found several dead worms. Are these old ones or am I reinfected?

Threadworms: You probably need another round of treatment, common, check this link for more information, good luck http://www. Nhs. Uk/Conditions/Threadworms/Pages/Treatment. Aspx

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Having to poop after meals and upset stomach. Lots of loose stools plus loss of appetite. Could it be stress? I have been under a lot of stress lately

Having to poop after meals and upset stomach. Lots of loose stools plus loss of appetite. Could it be stress? I have been under a lot of stress lately

GI disturbance: There are numerous possibilities here and an evaluation would have to be rather extensive. See a gastroenterologist if necessary. Yes, "stress" may create physical manifestations with the GI tract as a target (called somatization), but before making that assumption you should be sure it is nothing more serious. You might try eating unpasteurized yogurt 2 or 3 times a day. Sometimes helps. Best.

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My IBS? Small stomach discomfort and soft loose stools, NOT diarreah no blood, burns a little like diarreah would is it my ibs

My IBS? Small stomach discomfort and soft loose stools, NOT diarreah no blood, burns a little like diarreah would is it my ibs

"IB Syndrome": Rapid movement of food through the digestive system can burn when expelled. This can be caused by many things, IBS at the age of 16 can be labeled as such, but ay be sue to intolerance to lactose (milk and milk products), or be a result of mild intestinal virus. See your healthcare provider for testing if this continues. These symptoms can be caused by endometriosis just prior to your periods:

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I am taking a zpack and on day 3, I have an upset stomach and some diarreha, can I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

Yes!: There are no known interactions between azithromycin (Z-pak) and Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). To reduce upset stomach and diarrhea, take the z-pak with food, like a large meal such as dinner. You can also take Immodium AD to minimize diarrhea. After you finish the antibiotics, your upset stomach and diarrhea should go away in a few days. If not, see your doctor.

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Can I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for my upset stomach, diahrrea, nausea etc. If I'm taking Prilosec for gerd?

Can I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for my upset stomach, diahrrea, nausea etc. If I'm taking Prilosec for gerd?

No interactions: There were no interactions found in our database between pepto-bismol maximum strength and Prilosec otc however, this does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

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What can I take for upset stomach and diarrhea while breastfeeding?

What can I take for upset stomach and diarrhea while breastfeeding?

Diarrhea/breastfeed: Women who are breast-feeding should avoid drugs that contain bismuth, such as pepto-bismol. Imodium (loperamide) is probably safe. for mild upset stomach and diarrhea, the best approach is to keep drinking water and eat simple easy-to-digest foods such as the brat diet  (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast). See a doctor if you are vomiting, having bloody diarrhea, fever or chills.

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My wife is 7months preg. She has upset stomach and diarrhea is there anything she can do or take for this?

My wife is 7months preg. She has upset stomach and diarrhea is there anything she can do or take for this?

Diarrhea: First of all, it is important that she keep well hydrated. Start with ice chips then on to clear liquids like broth or ginger ale if she can tolerate it. After that she should stick to a very bland diet like rice, applesauce, dry toast for a few days. She can try over the counter Immodium AD for the diarrhea. If she is unable to tolerate any orals, she may need iv fluids.

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Hi. I've had upset stomach and diarrhea for days. Have been drinking lots of water and tea. No vomiting though. What should I take?

Hi. I've had upset stomach and diarrhea for days. Have been drinking lots of water and tea. No vomiting though. What should I take?

Need DxSee a doctor.: You need a diagnosis before treatment. Continue drinking water, tea, or oral rehydration solutions (like the WHO recommendation: mix 2 tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 quart of clean water) to replace the volume lost. But if diarrhea persists, it can deplete electrolytes. A good doctor can test to see what to replace. Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD soon to discuss this problem & find a cause. Stay healthy

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Its dangerous to drink and take antabuse (disulfiram) together, so why can't they just give a regular pill that gives you upset stomach, diarrhea, ect.?

Its dangerous to drink and take antabuse (disulfiram) together, so why can't they just give a regular pill that gives you upset stomach, diarrhea, ect.?

Antabuse (disulfiram): Yes it is dangerous as it causes severe nausea, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, diarrhea and rarely death the principle is to pair alcohol with a noxious stimuli so after that reaction you don't feel like drinking alcohol again.

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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.

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I'm on azithromycin and I have bad diarrhea just starting this and upset stomach can that cause it? Can I take something to help me

I'm on azithromycin and I have bad diarrhea just starting this and upset stomach can that cause it? Can I take something to help me

Yes & Yes: Altho azithromycin is generally easy on the stomach, it could cause problems in people with a sensitive stomach. It might help to take it on a full stomach. Any antibiotic can alter the normal healthy bacteria in the intestines and cause diarrhea. Probiotics like those found in yogurt with active healthy bacteria may help, as can temporarily switching to a bland diet.

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