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Health Tip: Some Shouldn't Take Antidiarrheal Drugs

Health Tip: Some Shouldn't Take Antidiarrheal Drugs

10/18/10

(HealthDay News) -- Loperamide and bismuth subsalicylate are over-the-counter drugs designed to help people with diarrhea feel better.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says while they're safe for most people, not everyone should take these medicines. Among those who should avoid the drugs:

  • Children aged 6 or younger should avoid loperamide; 12 or younger should avoid bismuth subsalicylate.
  • Anyone with a fever, bloody or black stools, or prior allergic reaction to the drug should avoid loperamide.
  • Anyone who has an allergy to aspirin or salicylate medications should avoid bismuth subsalicylate.
  • Anyone aged 12 to 18 who could have the chickenpox or flu also should avoid bismuth subsalicylate.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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