<p><strong>What Is Diarrhea? </strong></p>
<p>Acute diarrhea—the passage of frequent, loose, or watery stools—is not a disease itself but rather a symptom of an underlying disorder.</p>
<p>As food passes through the digestive system, its water content is normally absorbed through the wall of the large intestine. Diarrhea—and, at times, dehydration—results when fluid is not absorbed but remains in and is expelled with the fecal matter.</p>
<p>Although diarrhea usually subsides without treatment within two or three days, resulting dehydration can be serious and often requires prompt treatment.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Diarrhea? </strong></p>
<p>In more than 90 percent of cases, acute diarrhea is caused by infectious agents (e.g., viruses, bacteria, parasites) that are ingested in food and water. ...
Generic Name: LOPERAMIDE/SIMETHICONE - ORAL Pronounced: (low-PAIR-uh-mide/sye-METH-ih-cone) Anti-Diarrheal (Lope)-Anti-Gas Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to treat diarrhea and
symptoms of gas (e.g., cramps, bloating, pressure). Loperamide works by slowing
down the movement of the gut. This decreases the number of bowel movements and
makes the stool less watery. Simethicone helps break up gas bubbles in the
This product treats only the symptoms, not the cause of
the diarrhea (e.g., infection). Treatment of other symptoms and the cause of
the diarrhea should be determined by your doctor.
Do not use in children younger than 6 years unless
directed by your doctor. This medication should not be used in infants younger
than 24 months.
How To Use Anti-Diarrheal (Lope)-Anti-Gas Oral
If you are using the over-the-counter product to
self-treat, read all the directions on the product package before taking this
Generic Name: ALUMINUM/MAGNESIUM ANTACID/SIMETHICONE -
ORAL Pronounced: (a-LOO-mi-num/mag-NEE-zee-um/sye-METH-i-kone) Antacid Anti-Gas Oral Precautions
Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to aluminum hydroxide; or to magnesium; or to simethicone;
or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive
ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your
pharmacist for more details.
If you have any of the following health problems, consult
your doctor or pharmacist before using this product:
frequent alcohol use
severe loss of body water (dehydration/fluid
kidney problems (including kidney stones)
This medicine may contain aspartame. If you have
phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to restrict your
intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist about
using this drug sa...
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