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  • Attapulgite (Kaopectate, Donnagel, Diatrol, and others) is an OTC medication that helps control diarrhea. Attapulgite should not be used for more than 2 days unless directed by your health care practitioner.
  • Loperamide (Imodium A-D) is often recommended as an OTC medication for the treatment of diarrhea. However, if constipation, ileus (constipation, abdominal distension, nausea, and vomiting), fever, or bloating occur, the medication should be stopped.
  • Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) is a good first-line treatment for intestinal problems and is effective for mild diarrhea. It also helps relieve nausea and indigestion. Remember that the bismuth will turn the stool a black color, and should not be used in infants or children because of the possible development of Reye syndrome.
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