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Health Tip: Taking an Antidiarrheal Drug?

Follow label's instructions

(HealthDay News) -- An over-the-counter antidiarrheal drug can help clear a bout of diarrhea, but it's important to take the medication properly.

The Academy of Family Physicians suggests:

  • Following the label's instructions on how often to take the medication, and how much to take.
  • Calling your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or are taking other medications.
  • Taking no more than the suggested maximum. More medication does not work more effectively or quickly.
  • Using only one antidiarrheal medication at a time, unless directed by your doctor.

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