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Can I take Loperamide to relieve diarrhea while having IBS?

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Posted on Wed, 16 Jan 2019
Question: Can I take loperamide hydrochloride to relieve diarrhea for IBS ? I am not sure if I have IBS or irritated diverticulosis. I will be traveling in two days and need to have things under control. Had diarrhea all night last night. Things are settling down now.
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Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Loperamide can be taken in IBS. But caution should be exercised for it.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

I can certainly understand your concern.

Loose stools in Diverticulosis is blood tinged and may be associated with pain.

Whereas loose stools in IBS is typically pain-free (sometimes mild abdominal discomfort).

Past history of Diverticulosis/diverticulitis is more a pointer of current loose stools.

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Dr. Suresh Heijebu, General & Family Physician

Accurate differentiation can be made only on Ultrasound abdomen and an expert physician's clinical examination.

Coming to loperamide it can be taken in IBS. But caution should be exercised for it's use in Diverticulosis.

Post your further queries if any
Thank you
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Can I take Loperamide to relieve diarrhea while having IBS?

Brief Answer: Loperamide can be taken in IBS. But caution should be exercised for it. Detailed Answer: Hello, I can certainly understand your concern. Loose stools in Diverticulosis is blood tinged and may be associated with pain. Whereas loose stools in IBS is typically pain-free (sometimes mild abdominal discomfort). Past history of Diverticulosis/diverticulitis is more a pointer of current loose stools. Regards, Dr. Suresh Heijebu, General & Family Physician Accurate differentiation can be made only on Ultrasound abdomen and an expert physician's clinical examination. Coming to loperamide it can be taken in IBS. But caution should be exercised for it's use in Diverticulosis. Post your further queries if any Thank you