How Long For Diarrhea Treatments To Start Working?
Feb 10, 2001
Hello Dr., I've had chronic diarrhea for a while now and have tried several things to make it better. I tried calcium, but stopped after about 3 days because it left me feeling bloated, crampy, and constipated (same with all the over the counter anti-diarrhea products) -- Now, I've been taking Acidophilus for about 3 days and the diarrhea has not improved greatly, but the diarrhea does seem to be a little *different* than before the Acidophilus. My question: Generally, how long should one try products like these before deciding whether they are working or not?
Response from Dr. Fisher
Probably a week or so. Products like imodium and lomotil tend to work rapidly because they interfere (slow down) bowel motion. The ones you cite work differently; indeed more naturally, but more slowly. Make sure you have been adequately evaluated as to the cause of this diarrhea: stool tests, colonoscopy, etc.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.