Nothing hurts more than having to plan your life around always having a restroom nearby in case you need to dash for the toilet. You’re likely familiar with the use of anti-diarrheal medications to treat severe diarrhea, but did you know that these medications don’t address the root cause of your frequent trips to the bathroom? They are a band-aid to a problem and should not be used long term.
Let’s learn why!
How do the leading anti-diarrheal medications work?
Antidiarrheal drugs operate by reducing the number of loose stools you pass, which can help with both acute and chronic diarrhea. Antidiarrheals can help you feel better and minimize the number of trips to and time spent in the bathroom. Diarrhea is a common problem that can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Unfortunately, if you stop taking these medications, your diarrhea will return if not adequately addressed.
How do antidiarrheal medications work internally?
- They operate by reducing the quantity of fluid and electrolytes pushed out with your stool and slowing it down, so you don’t have to go to the bathroom as often.
- This allows your body to absorb more fluids, keeping you hydrated and allowing your stool to bulk up and return to normal.
- They restore the flow of your fluid through your intestines, reducing inflammation.
- They slow the spread of bacteria that can exacerbate diarrhea
What can you use antidiarrheals for?
- Acute or chronic diarrhea
- Bloating, upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, gas
- Travelers diarrhea
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Diarrhea associated with carcinoid tumors
- AIDS-related diarrhea
- Chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy-related diarrhea
- Short bowel syndrome
- Post ileostomy
- Stomach ulcers due to Helicobacter pylori bacteria
Why should you not rely on antidiarrheals?
Antidiarrheals don’t treat the underlying cause of diarrhea, which can often lead to chronic diarrhea. Antidiarrheals should not be used for lengthy periods of time due to the following negative effects:
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
And, in rare cases, can lead to:
- Severe constipation, nausea, vomiting
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Black stool/tongue
Is there another option to help with diarrhea?
When you’re struggling with diarrhea, especially if it’s caused by cancer or cancer treatment, the last thing you want to do is put more chemicals into your body and add to your side effects. Anti-diarrheal also won’t assist with the other side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea, vomiting, and exhaustion.
Enterade is a solution to your diarrhea and more…
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