Anti-diarrheal drugs may not be right for all cases

02/22/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

In serious cases of diarrhea caused by bacteria, such as salmonella or shigella, it may be best not to take anti-diarrhea medicine and instead to let symptoms run their course and flush the system, one gastroenterologist said. However, if diarrhea symptoms are not severe, using anti-diarrheal medications to get relief generally is not harmful.

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