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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I've been suffering with the stomach flu for 3.5 days. I still have loose stool, but no vomiting. I am drinking Gatorade and eating small amounts of rice and bananas. I have bad heartburn. Will Pepcid AC impede the progression of the virus? I can deal with the heartburn if that is the right thing to do. Thanks.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   I have gone through your query.
Doctor :   May I ask you a few more questions pertaining to your problem to help you better ?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   May I know your age please ?
User :   I am 44 and in good health.
Doctor :   Ok,
User :   I am not on any medicine
Doctor :   May I know if your stool was foul smelling ?
User :   Yes, it is.
Doctor :   or sticky ?
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   Not sticky.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Was it very watery ?
User :   Today it is not as watery. Many small amounts.
Doctor :   And totally how many times you would have had loose stoools since the problem started ?
Doctor :   Since the day it started , can you give an approxiamte no.?
User :   Since Wednesday, I would say I have had 8 loose stools. It started on Wednesday.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   I think the best thing to do is not do just take medicines, I feel it is not a very bad stomach flu or infection that you have got.
Doctor :   If you 1. take lot of oral fluids
Doctor :   2. lot of veg. bland diet it shall help you .
User :   All I'm eating is rice and bananas and drinking Gatorade.
Doctor :   and continue with pepcid ac, no pharmaco kinteci relation with that.
User :   So I should try the Pepcid AC? I haven't taken any yet.
Doctor :   Yes you can , no harm in that.
Doctor :   Please stop Gatorade for a while , may be a couple of days.
User :   Stop Gatorade? What should I drink instead?
User :   Plain water?
Doctor :   Have Oral ORS and lot of water .
User :   What is Oral ORS?
Doctor :   It is Oral Rehydration Sachets .
Doctor :   You shall get tehm as an OTC MEDICINE.
User :   Okay, so go to the drugstore and ask for them?
User :   Just so I understand, why no Gatorade?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   It is full of protein , may cause difficulty in digestion
User :   I see. Okay, thanks very much. I appreciate your help. Have a good evening.
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