What is Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is when loose, watery stool is passed more than three times a day. Causes may be bacterial, viral, or disease. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, and dehydration.

Treatments for diarrhea include drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding certain foods and taking medications. Common drug classes used to treat diarrhea are anticholinergic / antidiarrheal combinations, antidiarrheals, antiprotozoals, glycopeptide antibiotics, nitroimidazole antibiotics, opioids, rifamycins, and serotonin antagonists.

Savings Tips for Diarrhea

  • Which Antibiotics Are Less Likely to Cause Diarrhea?

    August 26, 2017

    Antibiotic-associated diarrhea and colitis is affecting more of you, given the widespread use of antibiotics. Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is the organism that causes antibiotic-associated colitis; this happens because the bacteria is allowed to overgrow in the intestine when the normal intestinal flora is changed due to antibiotics. C. diff can release toxins that bind to receptors on intestinal epithelial cells causing inflammation (colitis) and diarrhea. See More

  • FDA Safety Alert: Imodium Misuse May Cause Heart Problems

    June 22, 2016

    The FDA has issued a drug safety alert for Imodium (loperamide), a medication used to treat diarrhea.

    The FDA warns that taking higher than recommended doses of Imodium can cause serious heart problems and potentially death.

    What is Imodium used for?
    Imodium is used to control the symptoms of diarrhea.

    Why would someone take a higher than recommended dose?

    The active ingredient in Imodium, loperamide, is similar to opioids like morphineSee More

  • “Poop Pill” Offers a New Option to Treat C. Diff Diarrhea

    November 12, 2015

    You may have heard about “fecal transplants” for the treatment of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection. Clearly, there is a yuck factor involved in having an emema of someone else’s stool but this treatment may be life altering and even life-saving for folks with C. diff diarrhea.
    Now, there is another option: yes, a poop pill.
    What is a fecal transplant?
    Typically, fecal (stool) transplants, using feces from healthy donors, are delivered by enema, colonoscopy or a tube through your nose to your stomach (a nasogastric tube). See More

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Popular Diarrhea Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Antifolate / Sulfa Antibiotic Combinations 8 See Prices
Antifolate / Sulfa Antibiotic Combinations 8 See Prices
Antifolate / Sulfa Antibiotic Combinations 8 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Diarrhea Drug Classes

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