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Safe medicines for gastroentrities?

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Dr. Carlos Ballestas
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Gastroenteritis

Depends on the age or if there are any other medical conditions present including the use of other medication.
Children most doctors don't prescribe medication and let the illness run its course for risk of causing decrease intestinal movement( ileus ) and causing a toxic colon. In adults with no other medication or no illnesses there are multiple otc medication to take including Imodium (loperamide) or pepto.

In brief: Gastroenteritis

Depends on the age or if there are any other medical conditions present including the use of other medication.
Children most doctors don't prescribe medication and let the illness run its course for risk of causing decrease intestinal movement( ileus ) and causing a toxic colon. In adults with no other medication or no illnesses there are multiple otc medication to take including Imodium (loperamide) or pepto.
Dr. Carlos Ballestas
Dr. Carlos Ballestas
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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Dr. Ballestas is correct. If there is blood or mucus in the stool then go to your doctor for a stool culture and parasite test. Rarely antibiotics may be used if the stool culture shows certain kinds of bacteria or parasites. Probiotics such as are found in good quality yogurt can be helpful for gastroenteritis. Probiotics can also be purchased in pill or powder form.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Gastroenteritis

Most gastroenteritis are self limited( disappear by themselves) in less than two weeks.
But it is important to keep up with good hydration either orally or intravenously. We try to avoid antidiarrheics meds in children and elderly if possible. In pts above 65 it's not recommended to use opiates (lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) or bentyl). If there is blood in the stool requires exam of the stool. If hungry... "bratty"diet.

In brief: Gastroenteritis

Most gastroenteritis are self limited( disappear by themselves) in less than two weeks.
But it is important to keep up with good hydration either orally or intravenously. We try to avoid antidiarrheics meds in children and elderly if possible. In pts above 65 it's not recommended to use opiates (lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) or bentyl). If there is blood in the stool requires exam of the stool. If hungry... "bratty"diet.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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