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Antidiarrhoeal



An antidiarrhoeal drug is any medication which provides symptomatic relief for diarrhoea.

Additional recommended knowledge

Types

  • Electrolyte solutions are used to replace lost fluids and salts in acute cases.
  • Bulking agents like methylcellulose, guar gum or plant fibre (bran, sterculia, ispaghul, etc.) are used for diarrhoea in functional bowel disease and to control ileostomy output.
  • Absorbents absorb toxic substances that cause infective diarrhoea, methylcellulose is an absorbent as well.
  • Opiates slow intestinal transit, but Loperamide is most commonly used, since it doesn't have the usual narcotic side effects.

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