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Which antidiarrheal is recommended for chronic diarrhea?

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 more

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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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What is the recommended treatment for c. Difficile diarrhea?

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What is the recommended treatment for c. Difficile diarrhea?

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 more

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Which medicine is prescribed for constipation of toodler?

Which medicine is prescribed for constipation of toodler?

Prune juice : Dietary modification, water, prune juice and otc suppository are usually effective remedies for treatment of constipation is toddlers. Persistent constipation in this age group can be due to serious underlying conditions which the pediatrician should be made aware of. ...Read more

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What is more suitable for chronic constipation, colonoscopy or colonic irrigation/colon cleansing? Which is more useful for eliminating constipation?

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

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Would probiotics help chronic diarrhea for the elderly?

Would probiotics help chronic diarrhea for the elderly?

Probiotics helpful: Try elimination diet. Go dairy free for 1 month except yogurt & butter milk If no improvement,try gluten free diet. Good quality probiotics daily. Yogurt drinks with good bacteriae like kefir is good. Avoid caffeine.Have you seen a doctor for this? ...Read more

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What is the most effective and fast-acting OTC remedy for traveler's diarrhea?

What is the most effective and fast-acting OTC remedy for traveler's diarrhea?

Travelers diarrea: In typical mild cases hydration and electrolyte replacement is recommended but pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) has been used 4 times per day to reduce diarrea ...Read more

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Is Isphagula/psyllium a safe supplement to take daily for the management of chronic constipation?

Is Isphagula/psyllium a safe supplement to take daily for the management of chronic constipation?

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

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Which laxative is best for constipation in the elderly?

Which laxative is best for constipation in the elderly?

Constipation: Best initial therapy is fiber, (metamucil, konsyl, citrucel, benefiber), drinking more water (at least 1 liter per day) and exercise. If this does not work, see a physician. ...Read more

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Why loperamide(Imodium) is prescripted for traveler's diarrhea while this disease might be infectious which might complicate it by anti motility drug?

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

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Which tablets are most highly recommended for severe headache?

Which tablets are most highly recommended for severe headache?

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 more

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Why is ranitidine used to treat acute gastroenteritis?

Why is ranitidine used to treat acute gastroenteritis?

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

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Which drug is best for stomach ache?

Which drug is best for stomach ache?

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

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Gavilyte-g everyday for severe constipation unrelieved by other laxatives?? Is the sodium sulfate in this safe?

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

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What is the 'brat' diet for diarrhea ? Is there one called 'brats' for diarrhea?

What is the 'brat' diet for diarrhea ? Is there one called 'brats' for diarrhea?

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

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Which type of diet is good for improving constipation or for piles?

Which type of diet is good for improving constipation or for piles?

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

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What is the most recommended prescription for bipolar most recent episode mixed?

What is the most recommended prescription for bipolar most recent episode mixed?

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 more

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Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, (loperamide) or kaopectate?

Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, (loperamide) or kaopectate?

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

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I take two17 gram doses of Miralax with 30ML of Lactulose daily for severe constipation due to slow colon transit. Is this safe longterm??

I take two17 gram doses of Miralax with 30ML of Lactulose daily for severe constipation due to slow colon transit. Is this safe longterm??

Likely safe: 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.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
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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Antidiarrheal (Definition)

An anti-diarrhoeal drug (or anti-diarrheal drug in american english) is any medication which provides ...Read more


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Diarrhea (Definition)

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