Antidiarrhoeal drugs

Drugs used to reduce or stop diarrhoea and to help regulate bowel action in people with a colostomy or ileostomy. In most acute cases of diarrhoea, the only treatment recommended is oral rehydration therapy. Antidiarrhoeal drugs include adsorbents, bulk-forming agents such as kaolin, and antimotility drugs (including the opioid drugs, morphine and codeine, and loperamide), which slow movement through the intestine. None of these drugs are suitable for children.


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