diarrhoea tablets?

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What diarrhoea tablets would people recommend to take to India? I don't like stuff like Imodium. Or is there something good which is widely available there?

Am also interested in other threads on fortifying the gastric system before travelling. What can I do with three weeks to go?
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Errr... what don't you like about Imodium? That seems to be the standard.

Of course, what seems like a better solution, if you can afford the time, is to stay put if/when you get ill instead of stopping up your intestines, and make sure you get electrolyte replacement, which you can take from here for emergencies or at any pharmacy, or just drink some buttermilk with salt and lemon (my favourite).

I think many people swear by eating lots of yogurt before travelling, to make sure you have plenty of nice bacteria ready to beat the other baddies off.
Last edited by Rasika; Nov 21st, 2008 at 17:54.. Reason: PS: if the diarrhea persists, of course, you should see a doctor.
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Originally Posted by suiko View Post What diarrhoea tablets would people recommend to take to India? I don't like stuff like Immodium.
Loperamide works. This is the active ingredient in diarrhoea tablets such as Immodium. Unless there is a rational reason for not choosing this particular medication, it would be my recommendation.

There is not much point in taking medication with you that does not work, so if you are set against the idea of taking something "strong", it would be better to travel with only rehydration sachets and consult a pharmacist or doctor if your diarrhoea becomes severe enough to need treatment.

Remember Loperamide won't "cure" you of any bacterial or other infection, it will only relieve the inconvenient physical symptoms in the short term, but if your system reacts to heat, travel stress, spicy food or different water this treatment will enable you to continue your travels unencumbered.
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Imdoium really caused havoc with my digestive system for months the only time I used it, and so I don't want to use it again. Is there nothing a bit less heavy duty?
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I don't know about other pills, but my friends said that eating lots of eggs helps in cases of mild diarrhea.
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I would suggest that you take a bottle of Kaolin and Morphine Mixture, available off the shelf at your local chemist.

Had a dreadful bout once from aircraft food on the way home; when I went to the doc after a week expecting heavy drugs, this is what he told me use. Old-fashioned remedy; works like a dream
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There's a prescription oral vaccine for cholera called Ducoral which also provides protection against the most common traveler's diarrhea bug. You need to start taking it 2 weeks before you leave.
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I've got a pretty funny story involving immodium. Probably best left for another toilet thread. Anyway, my advice would be, if you have to use it, use it in moderation!
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As for the best medication here in India, I would vote for Lomofen. Very small pills and if you have bad diarrhoea 2 will generally take care of things. One will help if you have a milder case(not at the liquid stage).

As others mentioned, generally if possible it is better for your body to let nature take its course and so much depends on what is causing the diarrhoea. ORS(oral rehyd. solution) should be consumed to keep you from becoming to weak/dehydrated. Don't wait to go to the doctor. If you get something like typhoid or dysentery, the faster you start medication the sooner things will be over. The doctors here are cheap and generally there is no wait. The medication is super cheap too.

Curd/youghurt is generally good for your stomach (each person is different though). See how it works for you. The best thing is to becomes super anal (pun intended;-) about what you consume and how. Ever seen the TV series Monk? If you aren't used to eating spicy food then make sure that you don't eat too much. Be careful about the water/ice and wash and disenfect your hands every time you turn around. It will decrease your risks of getting sick in the first place.

Another good though natural medicine for the runs is pomegranite. Make sure you chew the seeds really well otherwise that can cause problems. I prefer to eat the fruit. You could also take the juice but then you run the risk of other peoples hands and contaminated containers/glasses.
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Thanks again!

I am looking for something to build up gastric bacteria and stuff. Does anyone know whether "acidophilus" pills are the ones I want? Or something called Prebio7?
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Hi,last time I travelled to India I took a course of Acidophilus,they really helped to maintain a healthy gut while there.
Holland and Barrat do a chewable strawberry tablet which is lovely.I would advise starting a course straight away{remember to keep them in the fridge}
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Papaya with yoghurt can help mild cases and cramps.

If matters get serious there is something called Dependal (Rs10 per ten tabs). Probably nasty stuff but works very well.
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Anyway, my advice would be, if you have to use it, use it in moderation!
according to my doctor as long as you don't exceed the daily limit, you can take it for years on end if necessary. the 48 hour limit mentioned on packaging is a legal disclaimer.

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