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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My husband has had an intestinal virus going on 3 days now. It started on Thurs. he threw up just once on Thursday but has had the diarrhea since then. He had an appt with his cardiologist for a check up on Thurs. and mentioned this to him and was told to drink lots of fluids but offered no other advice. He has taken imodium but hasn't helped. Is staying hydrated but I think he needs a prescription to stop the diarrhea. Can you help?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Most of the diarrhoeas do not require antibitics
Doctor :   Most of them are viral
User :   What should he take?
Doctor :   Virus does not antibitics
Doctor :   How many bowel movements he had?
User :   over a dozen
Doctor :   per day
Doctor :   watery, or mushy?
User :   Had seven just overnight, they seem to be every hour watery
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   I recommend lot of electrolyte fluids
User :   Like Gatorade?
Doctor :   Get the eletrolyes and mix in mug of water and drink as much as possible
Doctor :   Gatorade is fine
Doctor :   It has all electolyes
Doctor :   Drink as much as possible
Doctor :   Even fruit juice is also fine
User :   How about food
Doctor :   Yougurt is als fine
User :   He started taking a probiotic during the night
Doctor :   Usually toasted bread, cereal, yogurt ,
Doctor :   avoid meats, salards
Doctor :   avoid cheese
User :   Is there anything over the counter he could take to help stop it?
Doctor :   probitics help
Doctor :   if more 6 BM he can use immodium 2mg 3-4 times a day
Doctor :   max 8 mg day
User :   He was only taking max 4 a day as that is what the instructions said
Doctor :   If fever is there he need antibiotics
Doctor :   he can take upto 8mg
Doctor :   but better 3 pills day
User :   No fever that I know but is somewhat weak
Doctor :   Did he eat out side
User :   No, had soup and crackers last night
Doctor :   that might have messed up stomach
Doctor :   What medical problems he has?
User :   He has coronary heart disease, high blood pressure.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Is he on digoxin
User :   No he takes Norvasc, lisinopril and lipitor
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   if the diarrhoea does not get better after 48 hrs, and remain same or gets worse, u can get antibitics
Doctor :   Make sure he is drinking enough
Doctor :   Make sure he is not dehydrated
User :   Would you prescribe them?
Doctor :   nO
Doctor :   I am online MD
User :   Ok, then he should see his family physician
Doctor :   I have no right
Doctor :   yes, to get antibiotics he needs to see Family physician
Doctor :   But wait for 2 days and try to make him drink fluids
User :   So if not better by Monday he should call his Dr?
Doctor :   y
User :   Ok
Doctor :   Do u have any other Qs.
User :   No, and thank you for your help
Doctor :   Thank u for consulting me . Bye
User :   Bye
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