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Diarrhea- Treatments

AT HOME REMEDIES
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and to replenish water loss.
- Avoid milk, alcohol, spicy, greasy or fatty foods.
- Avoid intense exercise.
- Intense exercise can increase the risk of dehydration.
- Avoid salt tablets.

OVER-THE-COUNTER PRODUCTS

Oral rehydration solution
- Oral rehydration solution contains sugar. It is useful in restoring fluid into your body. It can come in either powder form (that you can mix in with water) or a suspension form (pre-mixed powder).
- Examples of oral rehydration solution include: WHO-ORS, Enfalyte Solution, Pedialyte.

Loperamide
- Loperamide reduces diarrhea by slowing down your intestines. It is generally well tolerated by most patients. However, some common side effects include: dry mouth, dizziness, drowsiness, stomach pain, constipation, and fatigue.

Bismuth Subsalicylate (BSS)

- Bismuth subsalicylates may work by killing off the bacteria that causes diarrhea and slowing down the emptying of the intestines.
- Common side effects include constipation and dark colored stools.
- Examples of bismuth subsalicylates include: Bismatrol; Bismatrol Extra Strength; Bismed; PMS-Bismuth Subsalicylate; Pepto-Bismol; Pepto-Bismol Easy-to-Swallow Caplets; Pepto-Bismol Maximum Strength.

Lactase
- Lactase is a protein that is naturally found in your small intestine. It helps break down lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products, into smaller sugar units that can be easily absorbed into your bloodstream and therefore used as a source of energy for your body. If you are lactose intolerant, you have very low levels of lactase. As a result, you may experience common symptoms including diarrhea.
- Lactase can help alleviate the symptoms associated with lactose intolerance. Taking lactase before a lactose-containing meal can decrease your chances of getting diarrhea.

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