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When should I take anti-diarrhea pills?

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Dr. John Edmison
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Edmison
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Dr. Tri Huynh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Diarrhea

Usually acute diarrhea is self-limited, which means that it would end after 2-3 days.
You should hydrating yourself during this course. There are many different agents that could cause diarrhea (bacterial vs viral vs protozoal causes vs medications). Antimotility medications can prolong the course and could be dangerous. Suggest not to use so loosely due to this reason.

In brief: Diarrhea

Usually acute diarrhea is self-limited, which means that it would end after 2-3 days.
You should hydrating yourself during this course. There are many different agents that could cause diarrhea (bacterial vs viral vs protozoal causes vs medications). Antimotility medications can prolong the course and could be dangerous. Suggest not to use so loosely due to this reason.
Dr. Tri Huynh
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