What can be done to help with your diarrhea?

 

  • Step 1: Try Changing What You Eat

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.

 

  • Dairy products (cheese or other food that contains milk)
  • Greasy or fried food
  • Fatty foods, including butter, margarine, oils, or nuts
  • Spicy foods
  • Foods high in insoluble fiber, like raw fruits and vegetables, whole-grain bread, corn, or any fruit or vegetable skins or seeds.

  • Bananas
  • Plain white rice
  • Applesauce
  • Oatmeal or cream of wheat
  • White bread
  • Plain crackers
  • Plain pasta or noodles
  • Boiled eggs
  • Oatmeal
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Yogurt*

 

*Note: Although it’s considered a dairy product, yogurt—especially probiotic yogurt—has been shown to be helpful in managing diarrhea.

 

  • Step 2: Try Medicine

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:

  • L-glutamine (an amino acid)
  • Pepto-Bismol® or Kaopectate® (bismuth subsalicylate)
  • Imodium® A-D (loperamide)

 

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.

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  • Step 3: Try Alternative Therapies

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.

 

  • Step 4: Talk With Your HCP About Other Options

If you’ve tried the other possible treatments but still haven’t found relief, talk with your HCP about prescription medicines that may help.

 

 

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