Diarrhea is a condition in which feces are discharged from the bowels frequently and in a liquid form. Diarrhea can be defined absolutely or relatively. Absolute diarrhea is defined as more than five bowel movements a day or liquid stools. Relative diarrhea is defined as an increase in the number of bowel movements per day or an increase in the looseness of stools compared with an individual’s usual bowel habit.
It’s important to understand the treatment we recommend and the potential risks involved.
Medicine We Prescribe
Risk of Side Effects
Stop taking this medication and get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: severe constipation/nausea/vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, uncomfortable fullness of the stomach/abdomen, fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting.
Risk of Misdiagnosis
You should see your doctor if you note any of these signs: stool that is black or tarry, or contains blood or pus; 102-degree or higher fever; severe abdominal or rectal pain in adults; chronic diarrhea or diarrhea lasting for more than two days; signs of dehydration such as dizziness, headache, dark urine, no urine, dry mouth, nose, or tongue.
Diarrhea in a newborn or infant should always been evaluated by a pediatrician
Alternative Treatment Options
In most cases, diarrhea can be treated at home and it will resolve itself in a few days. Drink plenty of fluids, and follow the “BRAT” diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast) to help ease symptoms. Take care to ensure infants and children stay hydrated. Electrolyte solutions such as Pedialyte can be helpful.