Antidiarrhea medicines help stop frequent loose bowel movements, called diarrhea. It is common for most people to have diarrhea once in a while. Common causes include infections caused by bacteria or a virus, some foods, and stress. Diarrhea is one way that your body gets rid of an infection. Antidiarrheal medicines may be used to treat mild diarrhea for 1 to 2 days. If your diarrhea lasts more than 2 days, talk to your healthcare provider.
There are 3 main types of antidiarrheal medicines:
Many antidiarrheal medicines contain both a stool thickener and an antispasmodic medicine.
If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Be sure to keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.