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

  • Could Your Meds Be Causing Diarrhea?

    November 06, 2017

    Most diarrhea will resolve within 24 to 48 hours—if it’s caused by viral gastroenteritis (a stomach bug) or food borne illness. If your diarrhea is hanging on and not resolving, take a look at your medications. It can be challenging to identify which medication may be causing drug-induced diarrhea, especially if you’re taking multiple medications. Here are some well-known offenders commonly associated with drug-induced diarrhea. See More

  • 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 morphine. 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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