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Medications for Diarrhea

Other names: Frequent bowel movements; Loose bowel movements; Watery stools

About Diarrhea:  Diarrhea is defined as loose, watery, and frequent stools. Diarrhea is considered chronic (ongoing or prolonged) when you have had loose or frequent stools for longer than four weeks.

Drugs Used to Treat Diarrhea

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
loperamide C N X 23 reviews
8.0

Generic name: loperamide systemic

Brand names:  Imodium, Imodium A-D, Anti-Diarrheal, Diamode, Imotil, Kao-Paverin, Up and Up Anti-Diarrheal Solution …show all

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Lomotil C 5 X 29 reviews
7.0

Generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Imodium C N X 5 reviews
7.0

Generic name: loperamide systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

atropine / diphenoxylate C 5 X 44 reviews
8.0

Generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate systemic

Brand names:  Lomotil, Lonox, Lomocot, Vi-Atro …show all

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Imodium A-D C N X 6 reviews
8.0

Generic name: loperamide systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Anti-Diarrheal C N X 2 reviews
8.0

Generic name: loperamide systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Florastor N N 6 reviews
9.0

Generic name: saccharomyces boulardii lyo systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals, probiotics

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Kaopectate N N Add review
10

Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Pepto-Bismol N N 7 reviews
9.0

Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Lonox C 5 X 2 reviews
10

Generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

bismuth subsalicylate N N 8 reviews
8.0

Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate systemic

Brand names:  Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol, Bismatrol, Maalox Total Relief, Kapectolin (New Formula), Pink Bismuth, Bismarex, Bismatrol Maximum Strength, Peptic Relief …show all

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Paregoric C M X 8 reviews
9.0

Generic name: opium systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics

For consumers: interactions, side effects

Bismatrol N N Add review Rate

Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

codeine Off Label C 2 X 5 reviews
9.0

Generic name: codeine systemic

Drug class: narcotic analgesics, antitussives

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Lotronex Off Label B N 3 reviews
9.0

Generic name: alosetron systemic

Drug class: serotoninergic neuroenteric modulators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

Diamode C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: loperamide systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

Imotil C N X 1 review
8.0

Generic name: loperamide systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

saccharomyces boulardii lyo N N 9 reviews
8.0

Generic name: saccharomyces boulardii lyo systemic

Brand names:  Florastor, Florastor Kids, Saccharomyces Boulardii+MOS

Drug class: antidiarrheals, probiotics

For consumers: dosage,

Kao-Paverin C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: loperamide systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

rifaximin Off Label C N 4 reviews
9.0

Generic name: rifaximin systemic

Drug class: miscellaneous antibiotics

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Off Label: Yes

Up and Up Anti-Diarrheal Solution C N X Add review Rate

Generic name: loperamide systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

Fulyzaq C N Add review Rate

Generic name: crofelemer systemic

Drug class: antidiarrheals

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

neomycin D N 1 review
1.0

Generic name: neomycin systemic

Brand names:  Neo-Fradin, Neo-Tab

Drug class: aminoglycosides

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

octreotide Off Label B N 2 reviews
7.0

Generic name: octreotide systemic

Drug class: somatostatin and somatostatin analogs

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

alosetron Off Label B N 4 reviews
9.0

Generic name: alosetron systemic

Brand name:  Lotronex

Drug class: serotoninergic neuroenteric modulators

For consumers: dosage, interactions,

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

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Alternative treatments for Diarrhea

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Diarrhea. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Diarrhea.

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
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Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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