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i have sickness and diarrhoea since wednesday afternoon the

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i have sickness and diarrhoea since wednesday afternoon the sicness has now disappeared but still have bad diarrhoea. can i take anything to stop the diarrhoea?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. P. Jyoti replied 4 years ago.
This is likely to be an episode of viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu).

Treatment for this is mainly supportive:

Plenty of fluids- you should take water, fruit juices, electrolyte fluids like Gatorade..
Bland diet: the BRATTY diet - banana, soft rice, apple sauce, toast, tea and yoghurt is recommended.
Small meals.

For the diarrhea, you can take the following OTC medicines:

Loperamide (one brand name: Imodium): This is for diarrhoea if it is severe. the dosage is 2 caplets after the first loose stool, then 1 caplet after each loose stool that follows. Take no more than 4 caplets or 8 teaspoonfuls in 24 hours

You will need to report to the doctor if your diarrhea is so severe you get dehydrated, or you pass blood in vomit or stools. Viral gastroenteritis usually resolves spontaneously. You will also need to see your doctor if it persists for more than 5 days.

Hope this shows you the way forward - wish you good health and a quick recovery.

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