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Can Imodium be taken for diarrhea?

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Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis

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Practicing since :1999

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Posted on Tue, 6 Sep 2016 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: I am blowing up and have cramps in my stomach may be
a collitis - what kind of medication can I use -can I use
Immodium ??
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
perhaps

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

if you're having diarrhea immodium can be used unless:
- you have fever
- you have blood in the stool
- the stool does not look normal (looks like mucus)

Fever and blood in the stool may be signs of serious gastroenteritis or colitis. In such cases immodium may cause trouble and is contraindicated.

Mucus in the stool (without stool that is) may be caused by bowel obstruction (which also causes nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention, etc) and drugs like immodium are contraindicated.

Otherwise immodium will help with the stool consistency and movement frequency.

I hope it helps!
Kind Regards!
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