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Which Antidiarrheal Is Recommended For Chronic Diarrhea
See a doctor: It is not safe to use over-the-counter antidiarrheals for chronic diarrhea without first seeing a doctor and being checked out. There are several serious conditions such as cronh's disease and celiac disease that need to be investigated if your doctor sees fit. The best thing to do in the meanwhile is to stay hydrated. Certain foods such as bread, bananas, rice etc can help. Avoid simple sugars. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Vancomycin/Flagyl: Antibiotics (especially clindamycin) select for the overproliferation of clostridium difficile in the colon which can lead to profuse, watery diarrhea (and ultimately megacolon). For severe cases, a course of IV Metronidazole (flagyl) or oral vancomycin is the mainstay therapy. Fidaxomicin (dificid) is a newer drug that is also being used to selectively target pathogenic c. Difficile. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is more suitable for chronic constipation, colonoscopy or colonic irrigation/colon cleansing? Which is more useful for eliminating constipation?
None of the above!: If you want to eliminate constipation, you should leave your colon alone and stop sticking tubes and other foreign liquids into it. You need to do 3 things which will help: eat well and drink plenty of liquids like water to stay well hyderated;. Make sure your food has enough fiber which comes from fruits, salads vegetables and grains; each meal should have these items that will give bulk to stool. ...Read more
Yes but can be gassy: People who eat lots of fiber tend to have lots of gas, as the undigested fiber is a picnic for billions of bowel microbes and bacteria. There are reportedly more billions of bacteria inside our bowels than the number of cells we have making up our own bodies. The bacteria will likely keep eating and keep making gas, as long as the fiber "food" keeps coming down the pipe. ...Read more
Yes: u may but no need. Diosmectite is an inert clay. ...Read more
Why loperamide(Imodium) is prescripted for traveler's diarrhea while this disease might be infectious which might complicate it by anti motility drug?
We don't: you are right--we don't use anti motility drugs for infectious diarhoea.it should be allowed to run its course.if needed we use peptobismol--a bismuth salt for binding. ...Read more
Best Headache Meds: A 2014 study indicates that medication containing a combination of acetylsalicylic acid, (aspirin), acetaminophen(paracetamol), and caffeine is more effective than acetaminophen alone. http://thejournalofheadacheandpain.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/1129-2377-15-76 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Non-infectious cause: Lots of things can cause GI distress --infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), many viruses &bacteria. Zantac reduces acid-related gastritis symptoms. ...Read more
Stomach ache: It depends on what caused the pain. If it is gastritis or ulcer type pain, then Zantac, (ranitidine) Prilosec, Prevacid may be used. If it is referred pain from, say, gallbladder, pain killers may be appropriate. Gas pain may respond to heat and a gas reliever. Sometimes heart issues present with stomach discomfort and that requires totally different approach, so really you need to figure out what the cause is ...Read more
Gavilyte-g everyday for severe constipation unrelieved by other laxatives?? Is the sodium sulfate in this safe?
Usually safe.: When used under medical supervision, there are generally not many severe side effects. The dosage for daily use is quite small. If your doctor recommended, it may be worth a try. Good luck. ...Read more
BRAT is an acronym..: ...For bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. It does tend to help, but is probably too restrictive. Just avoid dairy, sweets (including juices), and very fatty foods until the stools are more normal. ...Read more
Diet and position: Although they may not totally disappear, hemorrhoids can be lessened by a diet high in fibre, good hydration, very moderate alcohol, and efficient use of the bathroom. When you assume the position for bowel function, be purposeful. Don't be distracted by reading material or digital devices. When you are done, get up and get moving. This should help. Good luck. ...Read more
See psychiatrist: In conditions like bipolar d/o, there is no automatically recommended prescription. Certain mood stabilizing medications such as Depakote and Lamictal are usually prescribed -- but the specific combination depends on individual patient needs. See your own psychiatrist for this type of individualized care, which attends to your responses and adjusts as needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Effective at which?: Kaopectate basically is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Both have bismuth salicylic acid which may have some antibacterial properties. Both are Aspirin products though and cannot be given to children or pregnant women or those otherwise intolerant of aspirin. Immodium does not treat the root cause of the diarrhea but has great stopping power. It wins. ...Read more
I take two17 gram doses of Miralax with 30ML of Lactulose daily for severe constipation due to slow colon transit. Is this safe longterm??
How long term you do have in mind? You may wish to increase your intake of fiber foods to help move your bowels. Exercise will help too,
Consult this site for fiber foods.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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