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Internist, Board Certified Physician
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is it ok to take imodium for gastroenteritis - i have simultaneous

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is it ok to take imodium for gastroenteritis - i have simultaneous vomiting and diarrhea (since friday) will it stop the sickness too? thanks
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Internist replied 7 years ago.

Thank you for your question.

It is okay to take Imodium OTC as directedfor viral gastroenteritis. If the symptoms persist for more than a week or 10 days you should see your doctor. Following is some information.

You most likely have a viral gastroenteritis, which is a viral infection ( most often caused by norovirus in adults ) of the stomach and intestines. This may cause nausea, vomiting, and an upset stomach. It may also cause lower abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Viral infections of the G.I. tract will usually resolve within 48-72 hours, however some infections may last up to one week. It is most important during this illness that you maintain hydration. You must drink plenty of fluids. Clear fluids such as clear juices, the syrup juice from canned fruit, or electrolyte drinks (ie. Gatorade) are best. Also Jello and broth may be taken. Do this until you stop vomiting. If you are hungry then you may eat toast, plain rice, or crackers. Then you may progress to the BRAT diet (banana, rice,applesauce, Toast ).To treat the nausea and vomiting or upset stomach, if present, you may ask your doctor for Compazine. For diarrhea you may take over-the-counter Imodium or Lomotil as long as no toxin or bacterial infection is suspected. If your symptoms persist for longer then a week or if you develop high fevers or have bloody diarrhea you must see your doctor immediately. While you are sick try to maintain good hygiene with careful handwashing and not sharing your personal items with others as this is how this infection is spread. I hope you feel better.

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