Medications to Manage Diarrhea
What Might Be the Cause?
It should not be assumed diarrhea is just due to HIV. There can be multiple reasons:
What Can I Do?
Avoid eating suspicious or unsafe foods such as raw or undercooked fish, chicken or meat, unpasteurized dairy products, raw cookie dough and hard to clean fruits and vegetables such as berries, lettuce and sprouts. Be sure to wash ALL fruits and vegetables before peeling or cutting.
Proper and frequent hand washing can help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.
Keep a diary of food and other things you feel might trigger your diarrhea and discuss this with your physician and dietitian.
Your doctor can make a referral to a gastrointestinal specialist if diarrhea persists beyond a few weeks.
What Medications Are Available?
There are medications, both over the counter (OTC) or prescribed (Rx), which can be used to treat diarrhea, depending on the cause. Talk to your doctor about what's right for you.
Some commonly used medications are listed below. Discuss with your doctor and pharmacist the recommended dose, how to take them, drug interactions and possible side effects.
Over the Counter
Janelle M. L'Heureux, M.S., R.D. is a nutritionist with AIDS Project Los Angeles.
Bertrand Toulouse is a Treatment Advocate with AIDS Project Los Angeles.
This article was provided by PositiveWords.