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Treatments for Diarrhea

Treatment List for Diarrhea

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Diarrhea includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Newborns and infants require very special care because dehydration can be dangerous
  • Children need special attention as many medications may be inappropriate
  • Watchful waiting - sometimes diarrhea is not serious enough to need significant treatment.
  • Anti-diarrheal medications
    • Immodium AD
  • Dehydration prevention treatments - one of the most important treatment aspects of diarrhea is avoiding dehydration (or treating it), particularly for infants, children and the elderly.
    • Water - but not enough alone, need electrolytes as well.
    • Fluids - broth or soups (for salt/sodium)
    • Fruit juices
    • Soft fruits
    • Vegetables (for potassium)
    • Infant rehydration solutions - special medications containing the required electrolytes
      • Pedialyte
      • Ceralyte
      • Infalyte
  • Vitamin B3 - possibly used for related vitamin B3 deficiency
  • Vitamin A - possibly used for related vitamin A deficiency
  • Vitamin B6 - possibly used for related vitamin B6 deficiency
  • Vitamin B12 - possibly used for related vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Adequate hydration
  • Diet of clear liquids- soft drinks, broths, juices, water
  • Oral rehydration therapy- ORS powder
  • Loperamide
  • Bismuth bisalicylate
  • Lomotil
  • Painkillers to counter the pain that can accompany diarrhoea

Alternative Treatments for Diarrhea

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Diarrhea may include:

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Drugs and Medications used to treat Diarrhea:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Diarrhea include:

  • Alamine Expectorant
  • Ambenyl Expectorant
  • Ambenyl Syrup
  • Codeine
  • A.B.C. Compound w/Codeine
  • Accopain
  • Actagen-C
  • Actifed w/Codeine
  • Alamine-C
  • Anacin 3 w/Codeine #2-4
  • Anacin w/Codeine
  • APC w/Codeine
  • Atasol-8,-15,-30
  • Ban-Tuss
  • Benylin Syrup w/Codeine
  • Bitex
  • Bromanyl Cough Syrup
  • Bromotuss
  • Bromphen DC
  • Brontex
  • Bufferin w/Codeine
  • Butalbital Compound
  • Chemdal Expectorant
  • Chem-Tuss NE
  • Cheracol
  • Chlor-Trimeton Expectorant
  • Coactifed
  • Codecon-C
  • Codehist DH
  • Codehist Elixir
  • Codeine Contin
  • Coricidin w/Codeine
  • Co-Dimetane Cough Syrup-DC
  • Dimetane Expectorant-C
  • Dimetapp-C
  • Dimetapp w/Codeine
  • Empirin w/Codeine No. 2,4
  • Empracet-30,-60
  • Empracet w/Codeine No. 3,4
  • Emtec-30
  • Exdol-8,-15,-30
  • Extra Strength Acetaminophen with Codeine
  • Glydeine
  • Isoclor Expectorant
  • Lenoltec w/Codeine No. 1,2,3,4
  • Mersyndol
  • Naldecon-CS
  • Normatane
  • Novadyme DH
  • Novahistex C
  • Novo-Gesic
  • Nucochem
  • Nucofed
  • Omni-Tuss
  • Oridol-C
  • Panadol w/Codeine
  • Paveral
  • Pediacof
  • Penntuss
  • Phenaphen No. 2,3,4
  • Phenaphen w/Codeine No. 2,3,4
  • Phenergan w/Codeine
  • Poly-Histine
  • Promethazine CS
  • Pyra-Phed
  • Robaxacet-8
  • Robaxisal-C
  • Rounox w/Codeine
  • SK-Apap
  • Tamine Expectorant DC
  • Tecnal C
  • Terpin Hydrate and Codeine
  • 318 AC&C
  • Triafed w/Codeine
  • Triaminic Expectorant w/Codeine
  • Triatec-8,30
  • Tussaminic C Forte
  • Tussaminic C Ped
  • Tussi-Organidin
  • Tylenol w/Codeine
  • Tylenol w/Codeine No. 1,2,3,4
  • Tylenol w/Codeine Elixir
  • VC Expectorant w/Codeine
  • Veganin
  • Loperamide
  • Anit-Diarrheal
  • Apo-Loperamide
  • Diarrid
  • Dom-Loperamide
  • Imodium
  • Imodium AD
  • Kaopectate 1-D
  • Maalox A/D
  • Pepto Diarrhea Control
  • Anacin 3 w/Codeine No. 2-4
  • Attapulgite
  • Bismuth Subgallate
  • Devrom
  • Bismuth Subsalicylate
  • Children's Kaopectate
  • Colo-Fresh Pepto-Bismol
  • Pepto-Bismol Maximum Strength
  • Cholestyramine resin - mainly used to treat diarrhea associated with high fecal bile acids
  • Prevalite - mainly used to treat diarrhea associated with high fecal bile acids
  • Questran - mainly used to treat diarrhea associated with high fecal bile acids
  • Questran Light - mainly used to treat diarrhea associated with high fecal bile acids
  • Novo-Cholamine - mainly used to treat diarrhea associated with high fecal bile acids
  • Novo-Cholamine Light - mainly used to treat diarrhea associated with high fecal bile acids
  • PMS-Cholestyramine - mainly used to treat diarrhea associated with high fecal bile acids
  • Questran Light Sugar Free - mainly used to treat diarrhea associated with high fecal bile acids
  • Difenoxin and Atropine
  • Diphenoxylate and Atropine
  • Lomotil
  • Lonox
  • Kaolin and Pectin
  • Lactobacillus - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • Bacid - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • Kala - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • Lactinex - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • Megadophilus - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • MoreDophilus - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • Probiotica - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • Superdophilus - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • Fermalac - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • Lacterol Fort - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • Sinuberase - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by antibiotic use
  • Nitazoxanide - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by Cryptosporidium parvum or Giardia lamblia
  • Alinia - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by Cryptosporidium parvum or Giardia lamblia
  • Colufase - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by Cryptosporidium parvum or Giardia lamblia
  • NTZ - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by Cryptosporidium parvum or Giardia lamblia
  • Opium Tincture
  • Paregoric
  • Polycarbophil
  • Equalactin
  • FiberCon
  • Fiber-Lax
  • FiberNorm
  • Konsyl Tablets
  • Phillips Fibercaps
  • Lofenoxal
  • Kaolin
  • Bispectin
  • DeWitt's Antacid Powder
  • Donnagel
  • Kaomagma with Pectin
  • Pectin
  • Diareze
  • Bilberrry

Unlabeled Drugs and Medications to treat Diarrhea:

Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Diarrhea include:

  • Cholestyramine - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by Quinidine
  • Questran - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by Quinidine
  • Questran light - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by Quinidine
  • Novo-Cholamine - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by Quinidine
  • Novo-Cholamine Light - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by Quinidine
  • Prevalite - mainly used to treat diarrhea caused by Quinidine
  • Sucralfate - mainly used to treat radiation therapy patients
  • Apo-Sucralfate - mainly used to treat radiation therapy patients
  • Carafate - mainly used to treat radiation therapy patients
  • Dom-Sucralfate - mainly used to treat radiation therapy patients
  • Novo-Sucralfate - mainly used to treat radiation therapy patients
  • Sulcrate - mainly used to treat radiation therapy patients

Latest treatments for Diarrhea:

The following are some of the latest treatments for Diarrhea:

Hospital statistics for Diarrhea:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Diarrhea:

  • 0.069% (8,818) of hospital consultant episodes were for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Hospitals & Medical Clinics: Diarrhea

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Medical news summaries about treatments for Diarrhea:

The following medical news items are relevant to treatment of Diarrhea:

Discussion of treatments for Diarrhea:

In most cases, replacing lost fluid to prevent dehydration is the only treatment necessary. (See "Preventing Dehydration" below.) Medicines that stop diarrhea may be helpful in some cases, but they are not recommended for people whose diarrhea is from a bacterial infection or parasite--stopping the diarrhea traps the organism in the intestines, prolonging the problem. Instead, doctors usually prescribe antibiotics. Viral causes are either treated with medication or left to run their course, depending on the severity and type of the virus.

Preventing Dehydration

Dehydration occurs when the body has lost too much fluid and electrolytes (the salts potassium and sodium). The fluid and electrolytes lost during diarrhea need to be replaced promptly--the body cannot function properly without them. Dehydration is particularly dangerous for children, who can die from it within a matter of days.

Although water is extremely important in preventing dehydration, it does not contain electrolytes. To maintain electrolyte levels, you could have broth or soups, which contain sodium, and fruit juices, soft fruits, or vegetables, which contain potassium.

For children, doctors often recommend a special rehydration solution that contains the nutrients they need. You can buy this solution in the grocery store without a prescription. Examples include Pedialyte, Ceralyte, and Infalyte.

Tips About Food

Until diarrhea subsides, try to avoid milk products and foods that are greasy, high-fiber, or very sweet. These foods tend to aggravate diarrhea.

As you improve, you can add soft, bland foods to your diet, including bananas, plain rice, boiled potatoes, toast, crackers, cooked carrots, and baked chicken without the skin or fat. For children, the pediatrician may recommend what is called the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. (Source: excerpt from Diarrhea: NIDDK)

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