Treating Diarrhea With Medication

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Diarrhea, Digestive Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Discover the drawbacks of most diarrhea medications

There are a number of medications that are commonly used to treat diarrhea, but they all have drawbacks:

  • Lomotil. A prescription drug, Lomotil is to be taken as soon as you start experiencing diarrhea. Lomotil will stop diarrhea, however, when the bowels stop, the bacteria or irritant will not be washed out and the diarrhea will most likely recur. Lomotil also has side effects and may be linked to glaucoma.
  • Bactrim. Bactrim is a prescription antibiotic and is said to be 100 percent effective in preventing traveler’s diarrhea, however, it is not for long-term use and using it for even short periods of time may upset the beneficial bacteria levels in your bowels. Bactrim can also make you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Vancomycin and Metronidazole. These two commonly used drugs to stop diarrhea have now been shown to be ineffective against the organism (Clostridium difficile) often responsible for causing certain types of diarrhea.

Trying my natural remedies to treat diarrhea can help you stop diarrhea without having to worry about all the problems and side effects associated with these diarrhea medications.

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