Home Pharmacy (cont.)
- 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
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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