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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 Reviews Avg. Ratings
Acidophilus
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
21 reviews
   
9.0
Anti-Diarrheal
generic name: loperamide
2 reviews
   
8.7
Bacid (LAC)
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
1 reviewAdd rating
BD Lactinex
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus / lactobacillus bulgaricus
0 reviewsAdd rating
Bismarex
generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Bismatrol
generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Bismatrol Maximum Strength
generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Culturelle Digestive Health
generic name: lactobacillus rhamnosus gg
0 reviewsAdd rating
Culturelle Health and Wellness
generic name: lactobacillus rhamnosus gg
0 reviewsAdd rating
Devrom
generic name: bismuth subgallate
2 reviews
   
10
Di-Gon II
generic name: attapulgite
0 reviewsAdd rating
Diamode
generic name: loperamide
0 reviews
   
7.5
Diarrest
generic name: attapulgite
0 reviewsAdd rating
Dofus
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
0 reviewsAdd rating
Flora-Q
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
0 reviewsAdd rating
Florajen
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
1 review
   
10
Floranex
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus / lactobacillus bulgaricus
0 reviewsAdd rating
Florastor
generic name: saccharomyces boulardii lyo
6 reviews
   
9.2
Florastor Kids
generic name: saccharomyces boulardii lyo
0 reviews
   
10
Fulyzaq (Pro)
generic name: crofelemer
0 reviewsAdd rating
Imodium (Pro)
generic name: loperamide
17 reviews
   
7.6
Imodium A-D
generic name: loperamide
12 reviews
   
8.7
Imodium Multi-Symptom Relief
generic name: loperamide / simethicone
1 review
   
10
Imotil
generic name: loperamide
1 review
   
8.0
Intestinex
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
0 reviewsAdd rating
Ka-Pec
generic name: attapulgite
0 reviewsAdd rating
Kao-Paverin
generic name: loperamide
0 reviewsAdd rating
Kao-Tin Advanced Formula
generic name: attapulgite
0 reviewsAdd rating
Kaopectate
generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
0 reviews
   
8.3
Kapectolin (New Formula)
generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
1 review
   
6.0
Kola-Pectin DS
generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Lacto-Key-600
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
0 reviewsAdd rating
Lomocot
generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Lomotil (Pro)
generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate
31 reviews
   
7.7
Lonox
generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate
2 reviews
   
10
Maalox Total Relief
generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Motofen (Pro)
generic name: atropine / difenoxin
3 reviews
   
10
Mytesi (Pro)
generic name: crofelemer
0 reviewsAdd rating
Novaflor
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
0 reviewsAdd rating
Peptic Relief
generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
0 reviewsAdd rating
Pepto-Bismol
generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
15 reviews
   
8.3
Pink Bismuth
generic name: bismuth subsalicylate
0 reviews
   
8.0
Risa-Bid
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
0 reviewsAdd rating
RisaQuad
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
0 reviewsAdd rating
Superdophilus
generic name: lactobacillus acidophilus
0 reviewsAdd rating
Up and Up Anti-Diarrheal Solution
generic name: loperamide
0 reviewsAdd rating
Vi-Atro
generic name: atropine / diphenoxylate
0 reviewsAdd rating

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