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Does Loperamide help to treat diarrhea?

I am having severe diarrhoea since last night (5 visists to te loo last night). I am travelling and have taken 2 loperamide HCL in the morning which slowed down my bowel frequency. I have taken another one in the evening. I am taking electrolytes. Will loperamide take care if diarrhoea is through an infection ?
Wed, 2 Mar 2016
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I have gone through your query and can understand your concerns..

As per your complain diarrhea can occur due to a number of causes like Viral Gastroenteritis, stomach flu or viral infection, parasitic infestation, electrolyte imbalance, food intolerance, side effects of medicines etc..

I would suggest you to continue taking Loperamide and along with it take ample of fluids and drink oral rehydration solution..
You should take ample of probiotics like Yoghurt, rice, bananas, cereals etc..

Loperamide will however reduce the frequency of diarrhea but in case if there is infection, you need a proper evaluation for the exact cause of diarrhea and get treated accordingly.
In case of bacterial infection antibiotics might be needed while in case of parasitic infestation anti parasitic drugs like Albendazole can be advised..

Hope this information helps..

Thanks and regards.
Dr.Honey Nandwani Arora.
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