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Antidiarrheals

What are Antidiarrheals?

Antidiarrheals are the name given to certain types of medicines that stop or slow diarrhea. Antidiarrheals only relieve the symptoms of diarrhea, such as an increased frequency and urgency when passing stools, they do not eliminate the cause of it. This means that as soon as you stop taking an antidiarrheal, diarrhea will return unless whatever has caused it has run its course. Some antidiarrheals work by slowing down intestinal contractions, increasing the time it takes for the contents of the bowel to be excreted. This allows more water to be absorbed from the bowel back into the body, reducing the water content of the stool. Others work by bulking up the stool, increasing its volume with fiber-like substances.

Oral rehydration agents may also be termed antidiarrheals; however, these do not stop or slow diarrhea, rather they ensure excessive fluid lost during diarrhea is replaced. Other agents used to help relieve the symptoms of diarrhea include antimotility agents or antispasmodic agents. Antibacterial agents can occasionally be used to treat diarrhea caused by specific infections, such as campylobacter or giardia; however, are not routinely recommended or needed.

List of Antidiarrheals:

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Drug Name Avg. Rating Reviews
Lomotil (Pro)
Generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate
7.8
43 reviews
Imodium (Pro)
Generic name: loperamide
7.6
27 reviews
Acidophilus
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
9.2
27 reviews
Pepto-Bismol
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
8.0
25 reviews
Imodium A-D
Generic name: loperamide
8.5
15 reviews
Florastor
Generic name: saccharomyces boulardii lyo
6.6
14 reviews
Devrom
Generic name: bismuth subgallate
8.9
7 reviews
Florajen
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
8.8
4 reviews
Anti-Diarrheal
Generic name: loperamide
7.8
4 reviews
Motofen (Pro)
Generic name: atropine / difenoxin
10
3 reviews
Lonox
Generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate
10
2 reviews
Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief
Generic name: loperamide / simethicone
10
2 reviews
Kapectolin (New Formula)
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
6.0
1 review
Intestinex
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
10
1 review
Imotil
Generic name: loperamide
8.0
1 review
Florastor Kids
Generic name: saccharomyces boulardii lyo
5.5
1 review
Culturelle Digestive Health
Generic name: lactobacillus rhamnosus gg
10
1 review
Bacid (LAC)
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
1 review
Vi-Atro
Generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate
No reviews
Up and Up Anti-Diarrheal Solution
Generic name: loperamide
No reviews
Superdophilus
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
No reviews
Soothe Caplets
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
No reviews
RisaQuad
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
No reviews
Risa-Bid
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
No reviews
Pink Bismuth
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
8.0
No reviews
Percy Medicine
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
No reviews
Peptic Relief
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
No reviews
Novaflor
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
No reviews
Mytesi (Pro)
Generic name: crofelemer
No reviews
Lomocot
Generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate
No reviews
Lacto-Key-600
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
No reviews
Kola-Pectin DS
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
No reviews
Kaopectate
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
8.3
No reviews
Kao-Tin Advanced Formula
Generic name: attapulgite
No reviews
Kao-Paverin
Generic name: loperamide
No reviews
Ka-Pec
Generic name: attapulgite
No reviews
Fulyzaq (Pro)
Generic name: crofelemer
No reviews
Floranex
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus / lactobacillus bulgaricus
No reviews
Flora-Q
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
No reviews
Dofus
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
No reviews
Diarrest
Generic name: attapulgite
No reviews
Diamode
Generic name: loperamide
7.5
No reviews
Di-Gon II
Generic name: attapulgite
No reviews
Culturelle Health and Wellness
Generic name: lactobacillus rhamnosus gg
No reviews
Bismatrol Maximum Strength
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
No reviews
Bismatrol
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
No reviews
Bismarex
Generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
No reviews
BD Lactinex
Generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus / lactobacillus bulgaricus
No reviews
For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).

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