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Treatments for Diarrhoea

PCPdirect  online service for the treatment of diarrhoea

This service has been developed for use by adults only. Information is provided about diarrhoea and links to products that are suitable for both children and adults.

Who can use this service?

The service is available to adults over the age of 18 years. Overseas customers may be restricted by regulations in their own country.

How the service works

The following information is provided for you to determine whether you have the symptoms of uncomplicated diarrhoea. Should you consider that this is the case you will then be given options for treatment, this includes links to proprietary products marketed for the treatment of diarrhoea and the opportunity to participate in an online consultation to see whether the online GP considers anti-diarrhoeal tablet treatment is appropriate.

If the online GP decides anti-diarrhoeal medication is appropriate our service will allow you to purchase sufficient medication to treat your condition.

What are the symptoms of a uncomplicated acute diarrhoea?

The medication provided here is for the treatment uncomplicated acute diarrhoea.

If you are suffering from the following symptoms you may have acute diarrhoea.  

  • Diarrhoea (this is where fluid cannot be adsorbed from the bowels or when extra fluid is secreted into the bowels causing very watery stools). This may be due to gastroenteritis.
  • A virus such as norovirus or rotavirus
  • An Escherichia coli bacterial infection causing secretory diarrhoea
  • Have taken contaminated food or drink (travellers tummy)

Other causes of acute diarrhoea may include:

  • Emotional upset or anxiety
  • Excess alcohol
  • excess coffee
  • some medicines

If you also have a chronic diarrhoea then you should seek advice from your regular doctor. People suffering any of the following conditions should not use this service but seek advice from their own doctor.

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn's disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Coeliac disease
  • diabetes
  • pancreatitis
  • an ongoing problem
  • Under 18 years of age

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