Some foods can cause diarrhea, and others can help stop it. Consider adding or removing these foods from your diet to see if it helps.
If diarrhea is still a problem after you’ve tried changing what you eat, you might want to try medicine. Your HCP will probably suggest an OTC medicine before suggesting a prescription medicine. That will help give your HCP a better idea of the cause of your diarrhea so it can be treated more effectively. Some OTC medicines for diarrhea are:
Metamucil® and Citrucel®, which are usually sold to treat constipation, can also help with diarrhea. If OTC products don’t work well enough to manage your diarrhea, your HCP might prescribe a medicine for you.
Acidophilus is a probiotic that is used to help restore normal digestion, especially when you are taking antibiotics. Acidophilus is sold in capsules and is also available in some types of yogurt. Peppermint, ginger, and nutmeg may also help with some digestive problems.
If you’ve tried the other possible treatments but still haven’t found relief, talk with your HCP about prescription medicines that may help.