Medication for diarrhea


There are different drugs for diarrhea (Diarrhea), which differ in their active ingredient groups.
Some of these ingredients have different mechanisms of action, but all of them cause the stool consistency to solidify. The onset of action and the duration of the effect vary among the drugs. However, this can be quite advantageous, as there are many different types and forms of diarrhea and mild diarrhea, e.g. can treat with rather weak-acting drugs that cause the stool to solidify but not constipate (Constipation) caused.

Bacteria and yeast used to treat diarrhea

Some anti-diarrhea drugs are considered Ingredient bacteria.
The drug Pro-Symbioflor for example is a combination of the bacterium Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis.
Both bacteria occur naturally in the gastrointestinal tract (Gastrointestinal tract) and may be less present in patients with diarrhea.
The drug re-establishes a natural balance in the gastrointestinal tract without the need to use chemically produced substances. Natural ones could be affected by taking Pro-Symbioflor Defenses of the immune system in the gut activate and thereby prevent diarrhea. The drug supports the build-up of the natural intestinal flora and thus promotes health.
Pro-Symbioflor is called drops administered and is therefore usually well tolerated.
The drug is used not only as a remedy for diarrhea, but also for Irritable bowel syndrome (Irritable colon), Constipation (Constipation), nausea (Nausea), Vomit and chronic pancreatitis (Pancreatitis).

In addition to the bacteria, there is also the possibility Yeast used to treat diarrhea to use.
Of the Yeast Saccharomyces boulardii is among other things in the drug Omniflora Akut®, as in Perenterol® and Perocur® contain.
These are particularly common Drug usedif you are due to a Antibiotic therapy having diarrhea (Diarrhea) suffers. Also at Traveler's diarrhea become diarrhea medicines containing yeast Often prescribed as they show a rapid onset of action and the intestines do not burden additionallyas chemical substances sometimes do.

Electrolyte mix against diarrhea

To treat diarrhea, so-called Electrolytes can be used. The known preparations include Elotrans® and Oralpädon®. These contain a mixture of different electrolytes such as Potassium chloride, Sodium chloride and Sodium citrate.
However, it is important to know that both drugs against diarrhea do not have a direct effect, but rather ensure that the deficiency in various electrolytes caused by the diarrhea is compensated for.
If a patient has diarrhea, most of the nutrients that are normally absorbed through the intestines from food are only partially absorbed or not absorbed at all. This means that it becomes one Lack of various substances, the electrolyte is coming. To compensate for this deficiency, a patient can take electrolyte mixtures. Often this also causes the Symptoms of diarrhea alleviatedso that the patient can have normal bowel movements again. In addition, with diarrhea, the patient loses a lot of water. This problem is also balanced out with the anti-diarrheal medication, in this case with the electrolyte mixture.


With the active ingredient Ethacridine or Ethacridine lactate it is a substance that is used for diarrhea that is of bacterial origin. In the preparation Metifex® the active ingredient ethacridine is found again. The drug has an antibacterial effect, i.e. it fights the bacteria and is therefore also known as antibiotics or antiseptics. In general, it is rarely used as a drug, as the intestine is often severely damaged during diarrhea and the antibiotic puts additional strain on the damaged intestinal flora.


A drug against diarrhea that is used particularly frequently against diarrhea is Loperamide. Loperamide has the advantage, among other things, that it available without a prescription and therefore no need to consult a doctor beforehand. Loperamide as a drug against diarrhea can be used in children aged 12 and over and in adults and is available in different high doses.

The effect loperamide as a drug against diarrhea is based on the fact that the bowel movements (peristalsis) inhibited (inhibited) becomes. Due to the effect of loperamide as a drug against diarrhea, loperamide is also known as an antidiarrheal.
However, it is important to know that loperamide is a drug against diarrhea that only the Symptoms, i.e. the diarrhea, improves. However, it does not treat the cause of the diarrhea. If a patient suffers from diarrhea due to a bacterial illness, loperamide can help reduce the resulting diarrhea, but the bacteria do not disappear and must be treated separately.

Although loperamide is an anti-diarrheal drug, it is still important to know that it is a Opioid acts, as does morphine, for example.
Loperamide acts on the opioid receptors (so-called µ-opioid receptors) in the intestine and therefore only develops its effect there, whereas morphine can develop its effect on many other receptors, e.g. also in the brain.
If you use loperamide as a drug against diarrhea, you only use a very small dose, which is sufficient to calm the intestines.

Loperamide can therefore be used for almost all forms of diarrhea, with loperamide as a drug against diarrhea not for infectious causes should be used, for example not if the diarrhea is caused by the bacterium Escherlia coli. Even with inflammatory bowel disease, such as Ulcerative colitis, should use loperamide as a drug for diarrhea not used become.

Active ingredient medicinal charcoal

At medicinal charcoal or Activated carbon it is an active ingredient from the group of so-called adsorbents. Medicinal charcoal is used as a medicine against diarrhea and also against various poisonings. Since activated charcoal leads to severe blockages (Constipation), it is important to ask your doctor about the exact dosage before use and to strictly adhere to it.

Uzara root

In the case of the active ingredient from the Uzara root is won, it is a herbal drug against diarrhea. The drug against diarrhea, which contains components from the uzara root, is called UZARA®. The effect is based on the fact that the bowel movement (bowel motility) is inhibited and thus the excretion of watery stools is reduced. UZARA also ensures that cramps are relieved and the stomach relaxes.
Since in the drug components from the red thimble (digitalis), which affect the heart, the use of this drug should be carried out with a Doctor discussed are around unwanted side effects to avoid. Nausea, vomiting or hypersensitivity reactions, similar to an allergic reaction, can occur.

Home remedies for diarrhea

Various home remedies can be used as medication for diarrhea, especially if the problem is mild diarrhea caused by a meal that is not well tolerated, for example.

Blueberry tea is particularly suitable as a home remedy and medication for diarrhea. Only dried blueberries may be doused with hot water, which should then steep for about 10 minutes. You can then drink up to 1l a day so that the tea can develop its full potential.
Herbal tea or black tea can also be used for diarrheal diseases. In general, the best home remedy for treating diarrhea is drinking water or tea.
In addition to the loss of water, diarrhea also leads to a loss of electrolytes and fiber. To compensate for this, sufferers can eat grated apples and crushed bananas. Carrot soup is also a good home remedy and medicine for diarrhea, whereby it is important to ensure that no cream or ready-made vegetable broth is added to the soup next to the carrots, as these can aggravate the diarrhea.

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Medication for diarrhea in babies

Especially Babies repeatedly suffer from diarrheatriggered by a virus, by bacteria or due to an intolerance. Medication for diarrhea in babies is very rare.
Furthermore, it happens very quickly in babies large liquid and Electrolyte losses.
Therefore, diarrhea in babies should always be from one Doctor clarified become. They can then decide whether the baby needs medication for the diarrhea or whether treatment with simple home remedies is sufficient.

Drugs for diarrhea in young children

Diarrhea in toddlers occurs frequently, but usually has no serious cause. Usually a bacterial or viral infection before, which also passed again within a day. However, if the diarrhea persists or is very severe, various drugs can be used against diarrhea in toddlers.
However, one is more important than medication for diarrhea in young children adequate water supply and also enough fiber. Are particularly suitable grated apples and zersqueezed bananas, but also dry potatoes or pasta or one pure carrot soup are suitable.

As a natural drug for diarrhea in children there is Dried blueberry tea, which is a well-tolerated drug against diarrhea in young children after 10 minutes of steeping. All other medications should be used in infants with a Pediatrician be discussed. In addition, if the diarrhea persists, the A pediatricianotherwise the toddler may lose too much fluid.

Drugs for diarrhea in children

Suffers Child suffering from diarrhea Home remedies can also be used. Dried blueberry tea is very suitable as a drug against diarrhea in children. It is important to note that they don't dehydrate, so do not lose too much fluid and the absorption of nutrients should be guaranteed. The constant supply of fluids must therefore be observed in children with diarrhea.
Help indirectly as a drug against diarrhea grated apple, crush bananas and a pure one Carrot soup without the addition of cream or broth.
If the diarrhea persists, it is essential To see a doctor.
As a drug for diarrhea in children you can use Medication be prescribed which as the active ingredient the Yeast Saccharomyces boulardii contains. These drugs against diarrhea are well tolerated by children and can be given to children over 2 years of age after consulting a pediatrician.

Drugs for diarrhea in adults

The drugs for diarrhea in adults differ in their active ingredients. The drugs Loperamid® and Omniflora® are used particularly frequently. Other drugs against diarrhea in adults include Elotrans®, activated carbon, UZARA® and Metifex®.

Not all of the adult diarrhea medications will help prevent diarrhea directly. Some of the medications are much more likely to make up for the dehydration caused by the diarrhea.
In general, drugs against diarrhea help and can also be useful in adults. The underlying cause can usually only be determined by a doctor. For example, if a patient suffers from the chronic intestinal disease ulcerative colitis, the focus is on treating the underlying disease, which in the best case leads to a decrease in diarrhea.

Adults can also benefit from the effects of home remedies such as grated apples and carrot soup as well as bed rest, in many cases this is sufficient to get the diarrhea under control. However, if the diarrhea gets worse, a doctor should be consulted in order to give medication for diarrhea in adults, depending on the established cause and illness.

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Medication for diarrhea and vomiting

There are different Medicines for diarrhea and vomiting are helpful. Usually it is one Abdominal influenza which leads to said symptoms and which often do not require any medication.
There are quite a few Home remediesthat can be used against diarrhea and vomiting. Especially high fiber foods like dry pasta or dry potatoes are good, but also crushed bananas or grated apples.
It is particularly important to make up for the loss of fluids caused by diarrhea and vomiting. Here it is at least helpful Drink 2 liters per day to compensate for fluid loss. If these simple home remedies do not help, medication may have to be used. This should best be done after consulting a doctor. Depending on the cause, the doctor can then prescribe the appropriate medication.