Over-the-counter drugs

With your doctor’s supervision, several over-the-counter medications can help with diarrhea. These medications include bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol), attapulgite (Kaopectate), and loperamide (Imodium). While these drugs can relieve the symptoms of diarrhea, they don’t treat the underlying cause.

If you have chronic diarrhea, you shouldn’t use these drugs without your doctor’s consent. Chronic diarrhea is a case of diarrhea that lasts more than 14 days.

You should be especially cautious if your child has diarrhea. Dehydration resulting from diarrhea can be dangerous for very young children. Speak with your doctor before giving them any medications, especially those containing salicylates or aspirin.

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